Which Was AAM’s Favorite Super Bowl Ad?

Matthew McMullan

Matthew McMullan Communications Manager, Alliance for American Manufacturing

Big news outta Atlanta: They had a Super Bowl and the New England Patriots won, again.

Maybe you tuned in for the defensive gamesmanship, but come on: I know you didn’t. You weren’t at that Super Bowl party to watch Bill Belichick raise another trophy. You were there for the food …

… and the commercials. That’s what I tuned in for, at least. But not one of those weird, creepy ones, like that ad from Turbo Tax. I really focused in on this one from Kia.

But there’s a problem with it! Read the fine print:

“This Thing we assembled,” as this sleepy-sounding kid in the Kia ad intones, isn’t bad, but a fully American-made product would be even better. Like those from WeatherTech:

WeatherTech isn’t putting together a full automobile – but those car mats are made in America. Outside of Chicago. Pretty cool spot! Good use of dogs.

Good commercials this year! Good Super Bowl!

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Reposted from AAM

Posted In: Allied Approaches, From Alliance for American Manufacturing

Union Matters

Steel for Wind Power

From the USW

From tumbledown bridges to decrepit roads and failing water systems, crumbling infrastructure undermines America’s safety and prosperity. In coming weeks, Union Matters will delve into this neglect and the urgent need for a rebuilding campaign that creates jobs, fuels economic growth and revitalizes communities. 

Siemens Gamesa last month laid off 130 workers at its turbine blade manufacturing plant in Iowa, just months after GE Renewable Energy decided to close an Arkansas factory and eliminate 470 jobs.

The companies reported shrinking demand for their products, even though U.S. consumption of wind energy increases every year.

America’s prosperity depends not only on harnessing this crucial energy source but also ensuring that highly skilled U.S. workers build the components with the cleanest technology available.

Right now, the nation relies on imported steel and turbine components from foreign manufacturers like China while America’s own steel industry—well equipped for this production—struggles because of dumping and other unfair trade practices.

Steel makes up the bulk of turbine hubs and the wind towers themselves. It’s also used to make the cranes and platforms necessary for installing the towers.

Yet the potential boon to America’s steel industry is just one reason to ramp up domestic production of wind energy infrastructure.

American steel production ranks among the cleanest in the world, while China has the highest carbon emissions of any steelmaking nation and flouts environmental regulations.

The nation’s highly-skilled steelmaking workforce must play an essential role in the deeply-needed revitalization and modernization of the nation’s failing infrastructure. Producing the components for harnessing wind energy domestically and cleanly is an important step that will put Americans to work and position the United States to be world leaders in this growing industry.

 

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