The American manufacturing comeback story begins in New Hampshire.
After years of plant closures and job losses, manufacturing is finally reemerging. I saw promising signs last week as I toured busy facilities in Newington, Manchester and Salem.
The Corfin plant in Salem shows how manufacturing can grow again. Backed by a small business grant program that I helped create to promote small business exports, Corfin has increased its New Hampshire workforce by 10%.
To drive more growth, I’m co-sponsoring two bipartisan jobs bills. First, the Shaheen-Cochran On-the-Job Training Act provides workers with skills to compete. Shaheen-Portman cuts energy waste and creates 136,000 green jobs.
Manufacturing doesn’t just bring good-paying jobs – it strengthens communities and opportunity.
You can help by joining me and my colleagues in supporting the manufacturing comeback.
For decades, manufacturing jobs have been the backbone of a strong middle class. While many of the jobs are gone, manufacturing is still critical to our economy – each dollar in manufacturing sales leads to $1.34 in economic activity, spurring more job creation.
The signs of growth in towns like Salem can be a preview of a national manufacturing renaissance. But first, Congress must stop the manufactured crises and start focusing on creating jobs.