Category Archives: Manufacturing

Manufacturing Day is One Month Away

One month from today, Manufacturers from around the country will invite their communities into their facilities to celebrate modern manufacturing as part of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) 2017. This annual celebration connects manufacturers with students, educators, local leaders and the business community to inspire the next generation of manufacturers by featuring career opportunities and changing the public perception of manufacturing.…

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Manufacturing Day is One Month Away

One month from today, manufacturers from around the country will invite their communities into their facilities to celebrate modern manufacturing as part of Manufacturing Day (MFG Day) 2017. This annual celebration connects manufacturers with students, educators, local leaders and the business community to inspire the next generation of manufacturers by featuring career opportunities and changing the public perception of manufacturing.…

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Modernizing NAFTA Should Improve Protections for American Businesses

Ahead of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) renegotiations that are slated to begin this week, the NC Chamber joined more than 100 organizations in calling on the Trump Administration to preserve and improve investment protections as part of the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS). In a letter sent to U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, Secretary Tillerson, Secretary Ross, Secretary…

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Proposed Regulation Would Impose Undue Burden on Manufacturers, Retailers and Consumers

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is actively considering a proposed regulation that will impose undue burdens on manufacturers, retailers and consumers should it be put into effect. Specifically, the rule will require a mandatory standard for table saws, where all table saws sold in the U.S. will be forced to incorporate patented technology. This costly rule will add…

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NC Needs the Atlantic Coast Pipeline

As North Carolina continues growing, so too does the state’s energy needs. In order to power our competitive economy in the coming decades, North Carolina must have the necessary infrastructure in place to produce efficient, low-cost energy. Unfortunately, North Carolina’s lack of natural gas pipelines has proven to impede competitiveness as industries overlooked the state due to an inadequate supply…

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Saving Workers’ Compensation Reforms from Decimation

Courtesy of a recent North Carolina Supreme Court ruling, the workers’ compensation reforms achieved in 2011 are on the verge of total decimation. In a major blow to North Carolina’s business community, the state Supreme Court unraveled the balanced reforms with the most dramatic changes to workers’ compensation since the 1980’s. The consequences of this decision are steep as it…

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Modernizing NAFTA to Improve Economic Opportunity

Manufacturing accounts for a significant segment of North Carolina’s competitive economy, producing 20 percent of the state’s total output and employing 10.8 percent of the workforce. In recent decades, North Carolina has reinvented itself as a leader in high-tech manufacturing across an array of business sectors, while also growing traditional manufacturing sectors. As North Carolina exports billions of dollars in…

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Harmful Workers’ Compensation Ruling Hurts Injured and Employers

A recent workers’ compensation ruling from the North Carolina Supreme Court will be detrimental to injured employees and employers across the state. In Wilkes v. City of Greenville, the state Supreme Court expanded liability in workers’ compensation claims, forcing the burden of proof on employers to show medical conditions not connected to a compensable injury are in fact not related.…

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It’s a Lose-Lose > Repeal the Mill Machinery Tax

North Carolina’s costly mill machinery sales tax is an onerous tax forced upon North Carolina manufacturers and other companies that purchase mill machinery. At a taxation rate of 1 percent of the price of such machinery or $80, per taxed article (whichever is higher), the mill machinery tax continues to burden some of our state’s largest economic contributors. With revenue…

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Manufacturers’ Optimism is at a 20-Year High

Last month, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released its first Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey since President Trump took office, which showed more than 93 percent of our nation’s manufacturers feel positively about their company’s economic outlook. Over the course of the survey’s 20 year history, never has optimism among large and small manufacturers been this high. Just last year, only…

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