As Director of Technology and Industry Research for PMPA, Miles brings 38 years of hands-on experience in areas of manufacturing, quality and steelmaking. He helps answer "HOW?","WITH WHAT?" and "REALLY?"
American Honda is a “New Domestic” company located in Ohio and purchases machined components from a number of PMPA member companies.
American Honda Motor Company is a major employer in Ohio with about 13,700 employees and three major plants. Now, Honda is exporting more cars than it imports.
I wrote about the opportunity to embrace “The New Domestics” as customers presented a business case analysis at a meeting of a number of PMPA member automotive focused parts producers in 2009. So, we were not surprised to see a small article in our local paper that American Honda is now exporting more vehicles than it imports. And our follow-up search turned up the fact that it is also the only manufacturer with three car lines selling more than 300,000 vehicles in 2013. According to Autofieldguide.com, Honda sold 366,678 Accords, 336,180 Civics and 303,904 CR-Vs.
When I was working for the steel company, we put multiple truckloads of high quality steel into Honda and its suppliers’ plants every week. High quality, high-tech, highly engineered steel.
We love foreign direct investment. We love the fact that Honda is paying the wages of about 13,700 employees here in Ohio. We love the fact that Honda is exporting more vehicles than it is importing.
And we love knowing that they are purchasing highly engineered, performance and safety critical components from PMPA members around the country.
Congratulations Honda. Congratulations U.S. manufacturing!
Does your business plan include the new domestics?
Michael Tamasi, CEO of AccuRounds, attends White House event on long-term unemployment.
Michael Tamasi, CEO of Accurounds, was called to the White House to share AccuRounds’ successes in building a partnership to re-employ local residents in the manufacturing industry. A number of organizations promoting the national expansion of sector partnerships were also in attendance, including National Skills Coalition (National Fund for Workforce Solutions) and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships. Other event participants included CEOs from national corporations such as Boeing Co., Bank of America and Ebay, small and medium-sized employers, foundations and other local organizations working to help the long-term unemployed in a variety of ways.
Secretary of Labor Tom Perez and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker joined President Obama at the event to discuss a number of new efforts by the Obama Administration to bring attention to the long-term unemployed. President Obama announced he is dedicating $150 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Labor for “job-driven training partnerships,” also known as sector partnerships, to help the long-term unemployed get back to work, building on the successful models developed by such organizations as AccuRounds.
Prior to this event, President Obama, along with Vice President Biden, Secretary Perez and Secretary Pritzker, convened 20 of the top CEOs in the country to share best practices and strategize on how to collaborate in moving successful initiatives forward. Mr. Tamasi represented one of only two small businesses to participate in this forum. This intimate roundtable discussion was productive, with Mr. Tamasi providing input from a small business perspective, asking the Fortune 100 CEOs to include SME’s in future dialogue to assure that the entire supply chain has a voice.
“It was an honor to represent AccuRounds, and small businesses across the country, at the White House”, Mr. Tamasi says. “It’s encouraging that small business had a voice at the CEO roundtable, and that needs to continue. The skills gap is a serious issue, and sector partnerships are the best opportunity to close that gap.” Later that afternoon, Mr. Tamasi was a guest on the Fox Business News show “After the Bell,” further stressing the importance of sector partnerships in closing the huge skills gap in America.
AccuRounds, located in Avon, Mass., is a contract manufacturer that machines and assembles precision turned components for industries including medical, aerospace, semiconductor and emerging technology.
Real value added of manufacturing rose 1.9 percent in 2012, after increasing 0.7 percent in 2011.
Manufacturing’s current dollar share of GDP increased for the third consecutive year, to 12.5 percent, its highest share since 2007.
Manufacturers contributed $2.03 trillion to the economy in 2012.
Manufacturers were responsible for creating 12.5 percent of GDP in 2012.
U.S. manufacturing taken as a stand-alone entity would be the eighth largest country in the world on a GDP basis.
This information was taken from the latest Bureau of Economic Analysis news release on revised GDP statistics by industry. While the BEA release covers 2012 data, and our latest business trends report shows that precision machining industry sales for 2013 were up 5.2 percent over industry sales in 2012.
You are busy enough running your shop and serving customers, so PMPA prepared comments and went to Washington to represent the small manufacturing companies like yours about what they thought the proposed rules impact would be.
These were the three broad themes:
1. No safety or health outcome benefit for workers has been established;
2. Online reporting will discourage recruitment of employees to manufacturing careers;
3. It encourages employees, not only employers, to mask injuries and illnesses. An unexpected outcome because of changes to worker deductibles in their health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act may result in a spike of false "at work" injuries being reported from employees with non-work related injuries who may balk at personally paying their new high deductibles for emergency care.
PMPA provided formal comments prior to the meeting. This video above captures the association's additional comments to the panel at the informal hearing.
Here is PMPA's back-of-the-envelope calculation to disprove the agency's "$9" per small shop cost of implementing the proposed rule.
The PMPA remains puzzled as to why this administration would throw an obstacle like this to dissuade people from careers in manufacturing with the current dire job situation by providing numeric injury and illness rates publically without any context for understanding.