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TAM Statement: WTO's Proposed IP Rights Waiver Could Lead to Long-term Catastrophic Results

The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president & CEO of the Texas Association of Manufacturers:

"Lifechanging discoveries are made, developed, and commercialized in the United States and Texas because of our strong culture of innovation and the recognition that safeguarding intellectual property rights leads to innovation across our economy. Any lapse in the protection of intellectual property could lead to long-term catastrophic results, and the Texas Association of Manufacturers remains concerned the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) repeated attempts to waive these protections could begin to weaken a fundamental principle of our economy." Read more.

Samsung Semiconductor Plant in Taylor a Game-Changer for Regional Economy

The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president & CEO of the Texas Association of Manufacturers:

“The new Samsung semiconductor plant will invigorate this region’s economy and generate tremendous opportunities for this community for generations to come. The project will create thousands of high-quality jobs, generate millions of dollars in state and local tax revenue every year, and attract additional vendors and suppliers that will want to locate near the Samsung facility – creating multiple more jobs and added tax wealth to ripple through the region’s economy. Global competition is steep for advanced manufacturing projects of this caliber and the City of Taylor and Williamson County have certainly achieved a most-coveted prize. Congratulations to the community, and to Samsung, for making this huge opportunity a reality.”

Texas Manufacturers Prioritize Safety, High Standards And Community Outreach As Good Neighbors

The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president & CEO of the Texas Association of Manufacturers.

“As the Administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency visits Texas to discuss environmental justice issues tomorrow, it is important to remember that Texas manufacturers have a long and successful track record as good neighbors in the communities where they operate. Rigorous operational standards and stringent regulations are working to keep communities, our workforce and the environment safe. For generations, manufacturers have invested locally, maintained strong relationships with neighbors, and supported a robust workforce, which has strengthened Texas communities.”

Manufacturers Applaud Gov. Abbott For Efforts To Bring National Semiconductor Technology Center To Texas

The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president & CEO of the Texas Association of Manufacturers.

“The Texas Association of Manufacturers thanks Governor Abbott for his efforts to bring the National Semiconductor Technology Center to Texas. Advanced manufacturing research and development and investment is the very future of the Texas economy and critical to the security interests of our nation. Texas has all the necessary ingredients to land both the semiconductor technology center and the advanced packaging manufacturing program. Our state has a long history with a robust and growing semiconductor industry, dating back to 1958 when Texas Instruments engineer Jack Kilby invented the microchip and revolutionized electronics. And we possess a world-class university research and technology community ready to take on the next evolution of this industry. Texas remains the number one exporter of manufactured goods in the nation, so our skilled and growing workforce is ready to take on this incredible opportunity.”

TAM Commentary: Texas employers need flexibility to maintain workplace safety

Opinion by TAM President & CEO Tony Bennett, as published in the San Antonio Express-News.

The Texas economy is strong because policymakers trust employers to run their businesses in ways that grow jobs and maintain a productive workforce. A healthy workforce results in a more productive workforce, and the ongoing pandemic reminds us how quickly illness can impact the global economy — resulting in slowed manufacturing, the inability to get goods to consumers, job losses and lost tax revenue.

As we continue to navigate the pandemic, Texas policymakers must allow Texas employers to decide their own best practices to maintain workplace health and safety. To do otherwise would establish a concerning precedent of state interference into determining what workforce health and safety policies are best, without regard for a particular industry’s needs or the differences in manufacturing work environments.

Specifically, Texas employers should have the ability to decide whether vaccines or other safety measures make sense for their workforce — and they don’t need federal or state mandates to make that decision. There are employers for whom vaccines make sense for their workforce and barriers to vaccine access for those employees should be eliminated. For employers who decide that other safety measures are appropriate for their workplace, these options should be available. Any one-size-fits-all approach to workplace safety has the potential to harm the economy. Read more.

Wroe Jackson Promoted To Vice President And General Counsel Of Texas Association Of Manufacturers

Since joining TAM in 2019, Jackson has overseen the Association’s strategic planning initiatives, legislative and regulatory advocacy, membership support and recruitment, and coordination among the Association’s executive leadership. In his new role, he will also serve as the primary legal advisor to the Association and its membership, providing counsel and analysis on policy and legislation, regulatory compliance, and internal legal matters. Read more.

ICYMI TAM Commentary: Legislation aligns workforce needs with education

TAM President and CEO Tony Bennett opined recently about the important work the Texas Legislature accomplished to align workforce needs with education in Texas. He wrote: "While the budget, pandemic and the aftermath of Winter Storm Uri dominated much of the 87th Texas Legislature, lawmakers made unmatched progress in education-to-workforce alignment issues that will have long-term benefits for students, employers and economy.

The new policies will ensure students have access to educational opportunities needed for the job market in Texas. Crafting quality workforce-development programs requires collaboration between employers, high schools, and community and technical colleges." Read Tony's full op-ed here.

Manufacturers Applaud Congressman McCaul’s CHIPS For America Act To Boost Semiconductor Production

The following can be attributed to Tony Bennett, president & CEO of the Texas Association of Manufacturers:

“Nearly every manufacturing sector in America relies on semiconductors, making the current shortage of serious concern. Our semiconductor manufacturers in Texas are working steadily to increase production in what is among the most complex, sophisticated processes in all of manufacturing. As their work continues, we strongly urge Congress to prioritize policies that will hasten expanded semiconductor manufacturing, and in turn, support all of American industry and our nation’s economy. We applaud Congressman McCaul’s CHIPS for America Act, which includes smart investments and an investment tax credit to incentivize the new domestic semiconductor manufacturing facilities our industry and our economy need.”