Barletta Receives Recognition for Unwavering Support of Pennsylvania Manufacturers

Oct 26, 2018
Press Release
Nation’s Largest Industrial Trade Association Calls Barletta ‘Champion of Manufacturing’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Lou Barletta (PA-11) has again received the Manufacturing Legislative Excellence Award from the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) in recognition of his support for policies that enable manufacturers in the United States to create jobs, compete in the global economy, and support the thousands of jobs that depend on the industry.  NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.

“Congressman Barletta has consistently supported policies that not only protect Pennsylvania manufacturers, but also help them succeed in today’s global economy,” said Darlene Robbins, President of the Northeast Pennsylvania Manufacturers and Employers Association.  “With his 100 percent voting record easily surpassing the standard required to receive this award from the National Association of Manufacturers, there is no one more deserving of this honor.” 

“I’m proud to fight alongside the men and women of Pennsylvania’s manufacturers to ensure our nation’s policies put the American worker first,” Barletta said.  “Under President Trump, we have seen a manufacturing resurgence with 373,000 new industry jobs created, including nearly 10,000 in Pennsylvania alone.  I look forward to continuing to support policies that benefit the American worker and will always work to protect the more than 500,000 good-paying, family-sustaining jobs the manufacturing sector provides for Pennsylvanians.” 

“In Pennsylvania and across America, manufacturers are creating jobs, investing in communities and raising wages.  That’s a direct result of Congressman Barletta’s support for policies that have strengthened manufacturing and created opportunities for America’s manufacturing workers,” said NAM Senior Vice President of Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse.  “The NAM is proud to stand with lawmakers like Congressman Barletta who understand manufacturing’s critical contributions to our economy and are working actively to advance the manufacturing agenda.”

Manufacturing is a key component to the success of the U.S. economy and that of Pennsylvania, with over 12,000 manufacturers making up for 11.7 percent of the Commonwealth’s total economic output.  In 2016, 566,000 Pennsylvanians – 9.6 percent of the workforce – were employed in the manufacturing industry, with an average annual compensation of $72,151.