The manufacturing sector’s reaction to President Obama’s speech on job creation

September 9, 2011

Millions in the U.S. paid close attention to the speech given on September 8 by President Barack Obama regarding the nation’s employment issues. Leaders in the manufacturing industry were among the most attentive viewers, and according to IndustryWeek, the opinions of such individuals were somewhat mixed.

The news source reports that despite the non-uniform opinion of leaders from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), there was some agreement that President Obama was not doing enough to spurn the creation of new jobs in the manufacturing sector.

However, NAM president Jay Timmons praised Obama’s willingness to focus on jobs, while AEM president Dennis Slater focused more on what he considered to be the federal government’s delayed response in numerous initiatives that would provide beneficial highway and infrastructure repairs while offering manufacturing employment.

Slater stated that throughout the U.S., manufacturers of construction equipment were ready to do their part in this matter. “A well-funded highway bill will allow people to get back to work, provide much-needed revenue to local communities and restore a sense of optimism in our nation’s future,” he told the news source.

The White House Office of the Press Secretary states that Obama’s proposed act is focused on providing jobs for workers and tax cuts for small businesses.