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September Conference in Cleveland Aims to Boost ‘Made in America’ Products in Global Markets


Today, the International Trade Administration’s U.S. Commercial Service and the Northern Ohio District Export Council announced a national conference aimed at helping American companies in the advanced manufacturing, automotive, and aerospace industries compete more effectively in global markets.

This announcement comes during “Made in America” week which recognizes American workers and companies which produce world-standard quality and craftsmanship.

The Discover Global Markets event titled “U.S. Manufacturers to Europe & Beyond,” scheduled for September 18-20, in Cleveland, will provide an avenue for small and medium-sized American manufacturers to hear directly from large original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) involved in global exporting and production. Attendees from manufacturing companies throughout the country will learn about opportunities to grow their businesses via exports and will work one-on-one with U.S. commercial trade officers on developing strategies to sell their products internationally.

“The Department of Commerce is committed to helping U.S. manufacturers find markets to export their ‘Made in America’ goods,” said Secretary Ross. “I look forward to seeing the benefits gained from this conference as the Trump Administration works toward unshackling American industry.”

“Made in America” week comes after President Trump signed an Executive Order to promote and create more flexible apprenticeship programs as well as an Executive Order stipulating that for every regulation signed into law, two regulations must be eliminated.

The Trump Administration has also approved the construction of new energy pipelines, allowed for further exportation of coal, increased liquefied natural gas exports, withdrew from the Paris Climate Accord and started the process of reducing permitting time for infrastructure projects from 10 years to 2.

The event includes speakers from leading global manufacturing companies, including Rockwell Automation, General Electric, Boeing, Pratt & Whitney, Autodesk, Siemens and Airbus.

Attendees will be able to participate in one of three tracks: automotive, aerospace, and advanced manufacturing. They will learn what the U.S. Commercial Service can do to help them immediately in assessing the potential of their products in foreign export markets. Attendees will be able to schedule meetings with U.S. trade experts stationed in Germany, France, Sweden, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium, Romania, Lithuania, Poland, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Spain, and Portugal, among others.

Procurement specialists from large OEMs will also be in attendance to work with American manufacturing companies on becoming suppliers.

Members of the media are invited to attend the meeting to learn about the opportunities and challenges that exist for American manufacturers.

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