Thursday, February 10, 2011

Lugar receives NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence

U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar today received the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) for his legislative work in the 111th Congress. For the seven consecutive Congresses NAM has issued this award, Lugar has received the recognition each time.

The Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award is given to legislators who consistently support NAM’s pro-growth, pro-jobs agenda and achieve a rating of 70 percent or better on Key Manufacturing Votes. Senator Lugar achieved a rating of 92 percent, the highest score in the Senate.

Manufacturing provides more than 440,000 jobs in Indiana. Export-supported jobs linked to manufacturing account for 9.2 percent of Indiana’s total private-sector employment and nearly 1-in-4 manufacturing workers in Indiana depend on exports for their jobs according to 2008 data. In recent years, more than 6,000 companies, located in Indiana, have exported goods abroad.

Key votes during this legislative session included: opposing additional lawsuits, opposing the Obama health care bill, and opposing tax increases.

Representatives from manufacturers with Indiana plants including Toyota, Cummins, and Eli Lilly were present for the event.

According to their website, throughout its history, the NAM has been one of the nation’s most influential advocates for manufacturing. The NAM has proudly stood with manufacturers and their employees in times of war and peace and in periods of economic strength and uncertainty. The manufacturing industry accounts for more than 18 million jobs in the United States.

For more information regarding the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award visit NAM’s website.

Pictured: U.S. Sen. Dick Lugar with Jay Bonitt, Eli Lilly and Company (far left), Emily Diedrich Foster, Cummins (left); and Robert Chiappetta, Toyota (far right).

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