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Upcoming Webinar:


“What Would the U.S. Economy Look Like in 2025 With a Manufacturing Resurgence?”

Tuesday, April 2, 2013
11:00 am ET


Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers and NABE Manufacturing Roundtable Chair, moderator

Thomas J. Duesterberg, Executive Director, Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century, The Aspen Institute

Jeffrey Werling, Executive Director, Inforum, University of Maryland


Webinar materials:

Duesterberg / Werling Slides Duesterberg-WerlingSlides.pdf

Aspen Institute Study


Numerous analysts have been touting a revival—some call it a Renaissance—of American Manufacturing, but we do not have a good picture of exactly how such a revival would affect the overall U.S. economy. The Manufacturing and Society in the 21st Century program of the Aspen Institute has partnered with the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI to take a systematic approach to answering this question. They have released a joint paper, which is based on economic modeling performed by the University of Maryland’s Inforum. The paper explores what changes we can expect if manufacturing grows from its current share of 11.5 percent of the U.S. economy, to the 15 percent or more that it enjoyed in 1998. Modeling is done through 2025 and impacts of what the paper labels as a “resurgence” has on jobs, overall GDP, incomes, the trade deficit, investment, and on other sectors of the economy are presented. It also looks at the changes in major subsectors of the manufacturing economy. Constraints that might impede such a resurgence and the policy choices which could promote it are also analyzed. This webinar will focus on that work and its implications for manufacturers and policy makers.

Registration is free for NABE members, $20 for others.

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"The 2013 Manufacturing Economic Outlook"

Thursday, February 21, 2013 2:00 p.m. Eastern


Tim Gill, National Electrical Manufacturers Association, moderator Martin Fleming, VP for Business Performance Services & Chief Economist, IBM Daniel J. Meckstroth, Chief Economist, Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation slides

This panel will discuss the overall economic outlook for the next year for the manufacturing sector, including areas for growth and continued challenges. While manufacturers have had outsized contributions to output and employment since the end of the recession, it is clear that many of them have pulled back recently due to slowing global sales and uncertainties about the domestic fiscal situation. Even with these anxieties, manufacturers are cautiously optimistic about modest gains in activity in 2013 and 2014. These and other issues will be discussed, both from a macro and company-specific perspective.

Registration is free for NABE members, $20 for others.

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"Examining the Benefits of Reshoring for Manufacturers"


Thursday, November 15, 2012

2:00pm ET



Robert McCutcheon, Partner, Industrial Products Sector Leader, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, moderator
Harry Moser, Founder and President, Reshoring Initiative
Steven Wiegers, Chain Supply Manager, Hubbardton Forge

Moser slides
Reshoring Initiative handout 1
Reshoring Initiative handout 2

Wiegers slides

PWC handout 1
PWC handout 2



U.S. manufacturing have become more competitive in recent years, buoyed by increased labor productivity, higher quality, and rising costs elsewhere. Much has been made about manufacturers bringing production back into the United States from elsewhere, with reshoring being tauted among political leaders and the media. Join us for a discussion on how prevalent reshoring truly is among U.S. manufacturers, as well as possible explanations for why it is occurring. In addition, we will learn from one firm about their experiences.


Registration is free for NABE members and $20 for others. Click here to register now.







Previous Events:


Exploring the Benefits of Shale on the U.S. Economy and Industry”

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
2:00pm ET


Martha Moore, Senior Director, Policy Analysis and Economics, American Chemistry Council, moderator
Becky E. Hites
, Managing Partner, World Steel Dynamics slides
Robert McCutcheon, Partner, U.S. Industrial Products Leader, PricewaterhouseCoopers slides

Join us for a discussion on shale gas and how this important abundant energy source has the potential to impact US manufacturing, from yielding a long term cost advantage to creating additional demand for steel and other manufactured products.

Registration is free for NABE members and $20 for others. 

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"An Outlook for the Consumer Electronics Industry"

Thursday, July 26, 2012 2:00pm ET


Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Manufacturers Association, moderator Shawn DuBravac, Chief Economist, Consumer Electronics Association Benjamin Arnold, Director of Industry Analysis, NPD Group

Consumer electronics continue to be a bright spot in our economy, with pent-up demand and new innovations driving sales. At the same time, the industry has evolved. Interest in tablets and cloud-based technologies are supplanting more traditional modes of computing, and technologies are moving further into all aspects of our lives. This webinar will discuss some of the changes that we are experiencing, while also highlighting the global and domestic economic outlook for the industry.

Registration is free for NABE members and $20 for others.

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"2012 Auto Manufacturing Outlook"

Tuesday, February 7, 2012 
2:00pm ET


Jim Meil, Chief Economist, Eaton Corporation, moderator 
Ellen Hughes-Cromwick, Chief Economist, Ford Motor Company
G. Mustafa Mohatarem, Chief Economist, General Motors Corporation 

The motor vehicle sector is going through a resurgence of late – a major turnaround from its struggles just a couple years ago. Domestic demand is expected to be strong in the next few years, with new markets representing a significant opportunity. As a result, manufacturing activity and employment growth have been strong. With that said, there have also been a fair share of challenges for the auto industry, including natural disasters, supply chain disruptions, exchange rate risks, and rising energy and raw material costs. These and other issues will be discussed in this panel, highlighting both the global and domestic outlook for the industry. 

Mohatarem slides
Hughes-Cromwick slides 

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"The 2012 Manufacturing Economic Outlook"

Tuesday, December 6, 2011
2:00 p.m. Eastern


Chad Moutray, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers, moderator 
Don Johnson, Chief Economist, Caterpillar slides
Daniel J. Meckstroth
, Chief Economist, Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI slides

This panel will discuss the overall economic outlook for the next year for the manufacturing sector, including areas for growth and continued challenges. Since the end of the recession, manufacturing has had an outsized impact on output and employment in the U.S. economy, and the panelists will discuss what the future holds both in terms of production and job creation. Moreover, global financial issues – particularly in Europe – and domestic fiscal woes continue to provide uncertainties for manufacturers, and a depressed housing market remains a drag on economic activity for the foreseeable future. Yet, many manufacturers remain optimistic about the next year. These and other issues will be discussed, both from a macro and company-specific perspective.

The podcast recording of this event is now available for download.

Registration is free for members of the Manufacturing Roundtable, $15 for NABE members, and $60 for others.

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Forecasting Challenges, Courtesy of the Great Recession

Thursday, January 20
2:00 PM (ET)


Sam Kyei, Chief Economist, BNSF Railway slides

Lloyd Nace, Strategic Business Analyst, Ingersoll Rand slides

Kathy L. Pate, Market Insight and Strategy Manager, Eastman Chemical Company slides


Members of the Manufacturers’ Roundtable will share their forecasting experiences during the Great Recession. What worked? What didn’t? What did you learn that will help going forward? Our panelists are Sam Kyei, Chief Economist, BNSF Railway and Lloyd Nace, Strategic Business Analyst, Ingersoll Rand, and Kathy L. Pate, Market Insight and Strategy Manager, Eastman Chemical Company. Attendees are encouraged to share their experiences and observations as well.

Registration is free for MRT and KnowledgeLINK members, $15 for NABE members, and $60 for others.

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NABE Manufacturing Roundtable 2011 Economic Outlook Webinar

Tuesday, December 7, 2010
11:00 AM Eastern


Dave Huether, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers (Roundtable Chair and Moderator)
Dan Meckstroth, Chief Economist, Manufacturers Alliance slides 
Thomas Runiewicz, Principal/Economist, U.S. Industry Practice, IHS Global Insight slides

Questions covered include:


Registration is free for Manufacturing Roundtable and KnowledgeLINK members, $15 for NABE members, and $60 for others.

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"The Outlook for U.S. Exports: the Administration's Plan to Double Exports and the Potential Impact of the Economic Crisis in Europe"

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Dave Huether, Chief Economist National Association of Manufacturers, moderator 
Kris Bledowski, Economist and Council Director, Manufacturers Alliance slides PDF 
Mark Doms
, Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce slides PDF

In contrast to the early stages of the previous expansion, strong export growth has been a driving force in the current recovery and is one of the reasons why the manufacturing sector has outpaced the overall economy over the past year.  The importance of our country's ability to sell products in markets abroad was highlighted in President Obama's State of the Union Address this year, where he set a goal to double our country's exports over the next five years.  U.S. Department of Commerce Chief Economist Mark Doms will provide an overview of the Administrations' plan to accomplish this lofty goal.  One of the developments that may hurt U.S. export growth is the economic crisis in Europe. Kris Bledowski of the Manufactures Alliance who is an expert on the European economy will provide insight into how the developments in Europe will likely affect the U.S. economy going forward. 

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"US Manufacturing Outlook"
Thursday, December 10, 2009

David Huether, Chief Economist, National Association of Manufacturers, moderator 
Daniel J. Meckstroth
, Chief Economist, Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI Slides 
Thomas Runiewicz, Principal/Senior Economist, IHS Global Insight Slides 

These two experts will look at the current situation in manufacturing and the outlook over the next year. Some of the questions the teleconference will address:

Registration for teleconferences is complimentary for Manufacturing Roudtable members and $10 for other NABE members; and $60 for non-members. After you register, we will send you dial-in information.

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Speaker biographies:

Daniel J. Meckstroth

Chief Economist
Manufacurers Alliance/MAPI

Dan has been with the Alliance since 1990.  Dr. Meckstroth provides comments and analysis on a wide variety of economic issues as they relate to the manufacturing sector and is the primary spokesperson for the Alliance on business conditions and economic matters.  Dan also serves as a Council Director at the Alliance and currently is the Council Director to the E-Business and Purchasing Councils operated by the Alliance.  He is frequently quoted in the business press and writes expensively on business practices and manufacturing activity.

Dan Meckstroth earned a Ph.D. in economics, a Master of Arts degree in economics, and a Masters of Arts degree in industrial relations, all from the University of Cincinnati.  He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern Kentucky University.

Prior to his tenure at the Manufacturers Alliance/MAPI, Meckstroth worked for Armco (now AK Steel), a steel manufacturer, as senior economist for corporate economic research from 1978-85 and as supervisor in the corporate strategy and development group from 1985-90.  He also served as a regional economist in the corporate office for Federated Department Stores in Cincinnati, OH, from 1976-78.

Dan is a member of the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and is a member of the National Economists Club in Washington, DC.

Thomas Runiewicz

Principal/Senior Economist
Global Insight

As a principal for the Industry Practice at Global Insight, Tom is responsible for projections about the US industrial economy, including special aspects about output, prices, costs, wages, capacity levels and profit margins.  Tom authors sections in Global Insight’s, US Economic, Industry Analysis, and Cost Forecasting service publications.  He particularly gained expertise in the paper and lumber, construction, steel, agricultural, and service sectors.  Additional responsibilities include product line forecasting and consulting for clients that include many of the Fortune 500 and national trade associations.  He has over 20 years of experience in the economic forecasting and consulting industry.

Other current professional experience includes: Certified Public Accountant at Brinker, Simpson & Company, L.L.P. specializing in tax and financial public accounting.  Prior professional experiences include: Senior economist at Data Resources Inc. (DRI) in government consulting and agricultural forecasting; market research economist at Doane Information Services specializing in commodity analysis; economist at Wharton Econometric Forecasting Associates (WEFA) working in the International Agricultural Service.

Tom received a M.S. in Agricultural Economics and Operations Research in 1980 from Pennsylvania State University. He also earned a B.S. in 1976 in Commerce and Finance from Wilkes University.  He became a CPA in 1996