On National Manufacturing Day, we celebrate everything made in America and recognize the importance of our nation’s manufacturers in all aspects of our lives. From the electronics we rely on, to the safely packaged food we eat, to the clothes we wear, to the appliances and furniture in our homes, to the cars we drive – American manufacturing is essential to our economy. It employs over 12 million Americans directly and many more indirectly, providing high-quality jobs to communities across the country and producing the highest quality products in the world.
At the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, our manufacturing sector was disrupted – 578,000 manufacturing jobs were lost in 2020. Supply chain disruptions have left our nation short of protective gear, ventilators and other essential health equipment when we needed it. most. However, our nation’s manufacturers and manufacturing workers have stepped up – rearranging their operations to produce the necessary materials and working long hours to ensure our nation has what we need.
The pandemic has further exposed the fragility of many of our global supply chains, which were already subject to everything from accidents and extreme weather to other countries engaging in unfair trading practices. In the name of our national and economic security, and to support American business, American manufacturing, and American jobs – especially union jobs – I committed our nation to building our own resilient supply chains. That’s why, during my early days in office, I signed an executive order to support manufacturing, rebuild our industrial base, and strengthen our supply chains, all while creating well-paying union jobs. My command, to ensure that our future is made all over America by American workers, It is also strengthening domestic manufacturing by ordering federal agencies to purchase more products made in the United States.
My administration also called for historic investments to make our supply chains more resilient as well as investments in new and cleaner manufacturing technologies that will help us innovate and lead manufacturing in the 21st century. The clean energy economy presents a huge opportunity to revitalize American manufacturing, maintaining and creating well-paying union jobs, while cleaning up the air and water in communities across the country. This is why my administration is asking for investments to ensure that everything from wind turbines to electric vehicles is made in the United States with clean, American materials. The federal government is a major buyer in the markets for goods and services. One of the most effective ways to support and grow American businesses, get more Americans to work, and strengthen American manufacturing is to buy American products. My administration is making the biggest change in the application of the Buy American Act in 70 years, increasing the amount of national content required to be considered “Made in America” from 55% to 75%.
My administration has also invested in our nation’s communities and the manufacturing base that builds them. Through programs such as the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, Manufacturing USA, and opportunities sponsored by the Economic Development Administration of the Department of Commerce, we provide resources to support and strengthen STEM education, infrastructure, technology hubs and opportunities. economic for all inhabitants of each region. of our country.
As we continue to recover from the pandemic and millions of Americans return to work, there will be good opportunities available at all levels of the manufacturing industry that will need to be filled over the next decade.
On National Manufacturing Day, we pledge to empower and support America’s manufacturers and hardworking manufacturing workers of today, and the manufacturers and workers of tomorrow. We are committed to building a future made in America.
THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., The President of the United States of America, by authority conferred on me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, hereby proclaim October 1, 2021, National Manufacturing Day. I encourage all Americans to look for ways to get involved in your community and join me in participating in National Manufacturing Day and, most importantly, in purchasing American products.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF I have appended my signature this thirtieth day of September, in the year of grace two thousand and twenty-one, and of independence of the United States of America on the two hundred and forty-six.
JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR.