Students Learn How Manufacturing and Minerals Fuel U.S. Economy

Posted on October 08, 2015 by Minerals Make Life

Last week, Daimler Trucks North America  welcomed 100 high school students and Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.) for a Manufacturing Day tour of its facility. During the tour, students learned that the majority of America’s manufactured goods are built from minerals and metals.

Meanwhile, students in Massachusetts joined Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito for a tour of an AIS office furniture manufacturing plant. Polito noted that she and fellow government officials are responsible for making sure “more jobs like this” are available to youth, because “manufacturing is a key part of growing our economy.”

With the U.S. youth unemployment rate at 12.2 percent, Polito’s sentiment is warranted.  Minerals mining supports more than 1.2 million jobs, including many in manufacturing. Minerals and metals used to create innovative products contribute to economic growth and job creation, making it easier for families to achieve stable and rewarding futures.

We know that a strong manufacturing sector creates jobs and generates significant economic value. But don’t just take our word for it. Listen to veteran manufacturing workers like Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.): “From my 31 years as a manufacturer, working with skilled, dedicated Wisconsin employees, I can attest that careers in manufacturing are a great way to make a living.”

In the U.S., we have mineral resources valued at $6.2 trillion, but much of the economic benefit of mining is hampered by the inefficient federal permitting process. Permitting delays of up to 10 years or more threaten the success of a mining project by significantly reducing the mine’s value and thwarting investment opportunities. Without timely access to these mineral resources, U.S. manufacturers are forced to rely on imported materials, putting our supply chains at risk and sending job and economic growth off our shores.

The U.S. has the mineral resources and the talent to be a global leader in manufacturing, but permitting reform is necessary for this homegrown industry to reach its full potential. Take action here, and help secure our economy and provide future opportunities for today’s youth.

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