Energy is the Key to Success and Future Manufacturing Growth

manufacturing manufacturingDavid N. Taylor, President, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association
Carl A. Marrara, Vice President of Government Affairs, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association


The National Association of Manufactures praised Pennsylvania’s natural gas industry for being the building blocks for manufacturing.

Pennsylvania welcomed the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) “State of Manufacturing” tour at GlaxoSmithKline headquartered in the newly revitalized Navy Yard in Philadelphia. Jay Timmons, President & CEO of the NAM, spoke of Pennsylvania’s rich and rooted manufacturing history and reminded us how the sector is rapidly reinventing itself once again.

In past centuries, timber and steel drove Pennsylvania’s economy to a pinnacle that set the standard for the rest of the world. Those precious woods and metals served as the building blocks for all of America; they were the materials that finished products made out of. Buildings, bridges, interstates, homes, cars, and other valuable goods multiplied in value, propelling our economy to unseen heights, enhancing Pennsylvania’s prosperity. Believe it or not, we have that opportunity once again.


As Mr. Timmons said in his remarks, “…with our abundance of diverse resources, the United States has the potential to chart an energy future that raises the standard of living for all.” Affordable and reliable energy in our commonwealth provides the lifeblood that manufacturers need to be successful. However, there’s far more to the story than these fuels being used for just sources of energy.

Propylene, ethylene, and butylene are all produced using the byproducts that come from natural gas. These “enes” are the feedstock for all of modern manufacturing. Every product comprised of plastics, solvents, coatings, rubbers, or waxes comes from our abundant supply of natural gas. Additionally, these components are used in medications, creams, cosmetics, and other life science industries that improve our lives daily. Nearly every product that our hands touch is made from these precious commodities. Once again, Pennsylvania has an opportunity to supply the world with the building blocks of modern manufacturing, exponentially multiplying our economic growth potential.

Mr. Timmons did however recognize the challenges that manufacturers face in our modern economy. High taxes, unfavorable regulatory environments, and barriers to infrastructure – including needed pipeline infrastructure – are obstacles that must be overcome. He stated, “Every day across this country, manufacturers go to work, competing to win. New technologies, affordable energy and world-leading productivity have given the United States a competitive advantage in the global marketplace. But obstacles are still in the way of forging an economy that lives up to our people—and to the potential we can unleash.”

We at the Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association were proud to stand next to our allies at NAM in advocating for a pro-growth, pro-job, pro-prosperity policy agenda. This is a unique and defining moment in our commonwealth and it’s up to us to all lend our voices in advocating for a robust industrial sector – one that innovates, one that breaks boundaries, and one that continues to reinvent itself again.

Reposted with permission from Well Said Cabot.

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3 thoughts on “Energy is the Key to Success and Future Manufacturing Growth

  1. Pipe lines are America’s vascular system! Albeit they carry gas, water or oil, pipelines are a necessity to insure progress in America, Jobs, healthcare, heat and fertilizer along with many more products. Those against pipelines stand in front of there properties and express solar power as the answer but yet have no solar arrays on their properties 9 years into this debate. Therein lies the hypocrisy that 99.9 percent of those in objection to natural gas have it, use it, but have not switched over to their holy grail of solar energy because the simple fact is it is not at the technological advantage it needs to be at for lower energy cost. Pipelines need to move forward

    • Hi Vic, you are right about the hyprocricy. I saw an article the other day about a concentrated solar plant that is being built in the Moroccan desert. Phase 1 covers over 1100 acres,and only has heat storage (in molten salts) for a few hours of generation when there’s no sun. When complete, it will be over 6000 acres with storage for 8 hours. Can you imagine the outcry if such a thing was built in NY? Antis go ballistic over the roughly 2000 acres affected by the Constitution pipeline already! They are truly activists, not environmentalists. Think about it – they are only for something (like gas) until they are against it. If they truly cared about the environment they would be trying to work to improve the processes instead of being the strident voice of NO.


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