AAPC Statement on the 2014 Manufacturing Day

For Immediate Release:
October 3, 2014
Contact: Colin Dunn
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AAPC Statement on the 2014 Manufacturing Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. – American Automotive Policy Council President Matt Blunt today issued a statement marking Manufacturing Day.

“Manufacturing Day 2014 is an opportunity to reaffirm the economic contributions of our three U.S. automakers. With Americans and businesses across the country coming together to recognize U.S. manufacturers, special attention ought to be paid to the unique contributions of Chrysler, Ford and GM. The U.S. automotive industry represents the heart of the American manufacturing economy.

“The U.S. automakers are redefining what it means to be a manufacturer in the 21st century by introducing innovative new techniques and building state-of-the art facilities that employ tens-of-thousands of workers throughout the nation. For more than a century, U.S. automakers have been a model of industry copied around the world. Today, they continue to lead with an outsized impact on the U.S. economy.”

A few key facts that show the economic importance of Chrysler, Ford and GM:

  • U.S. automakers employ two out of three U.S. autoworkers
  • U.S. automakers operate two out of three U.S. auto assembly plants
  • U.S. automakers and their suppliers are America’s largest manufacturing sector, responsible for 3% of America’s GDP.
  • U.S. automakers are America’s largest exporters. Over the past five years, automakers have exported more than $563 billion in vehicles and parts.

Find more information on the economic contributions of the U.S. automakers here.

The American Automotive Policy Council, Inc. (AAPC) is a Washington, D.C. association that represents the common public policy interests of its member companies Chrysler Group LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors Company.