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August 19, 2003
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Bush Administration Trade Official and Rep. Clay Shaw Hold
Manufacturing Roundtable in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Trade Development Linda Conlin and Representative Clay Shaw (R-FL) today hosted a roundtable discussion on aerospace manufacturing concerns in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Conlin and Shaw discussed the Bush Administration's manufacturing agenda and listened to the concerns of representatives from local aerospace firms that participated on the panel, followed by a question and answer session.

American manufacturing is facing significant competitive challenges. To help address those challenges, in March 2003, Commerce Secretary Don Evans outlined an aggressive Administration agenda to cement the role of manufacturing as a driving force in increasing productivity, economic growth and living standards. As a part of this effort, a series of roundtable discussions have been planned in cities across the country.

"The Bush Administration has been working to create conditions that will allow manufacturers to maximize their competitiveness and spur economic growth," Conlin said. "By listening to manufacturers, we can help create that environment and ensure that America's manufacturing sector can compete and win in the global economy."

"Aerospace manufacturing and aviation services are one of America's leading exports - and Florida happens to be the fourth largest employer in this sector in the nation. I want to ensure that we continue to stay competitive," said Shaw. "I look forward to listening to our local experts to find out what Congress can do domestically and internationally to assist aerospace manufacturers and keep South Floridians employed," he added.

The manufacturing sector in America is the foundation for much of the U.S. economy. Census Bureau statistics show that manufacturing generates 16 percent of the national gross domestic product and directly employs 18 million Americans, 14 percent of all workers. In addition, American manufacturers are a major driver of the rest of the economy. Manufacturing accounts for approximately two-thirds of private research and development expenditures, and employs some of the best and brightest scientific minds.

For more information on the Bush Administration's manufacturing agenda, please visit: http://www.commerce.gov/opa/press/2003_Releases/March/05_Evans_Manufacturing_release.htm

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