U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), along with her colleagues on the Senate Energy Committee, today announced that the Committee held a hearing on her legislation to invest in 21st century green manufacturing (S.661) the "Restoring America's Manufacturing Leadership through Energy Efficiency Act of 2009. The bill will be considered as part of comprehensive energy legislation and provides much-needed support to manufacturers of green technology.
"Manufacturing helped create the middle-class of this country and it remains the backbone of our economy," said Stabenow. "This bill will help manufacturers like Dowding Machining revolutionize the way in which wind turbine components are made, so we can reduce energy costs and create jobs here at home. By investing in a 21st century green manufacturing strategy, we can revitalize manufacturing across the country and create good-paying jobs."
Testifying at the hearing was Jeff Metts, President of Dowding Machining. Dowding, founded in Michigan in 1965, has partnered with MAG, the largest machine tool manufacturer in the U.S. to use innovative manufacturing processes to revolutionize wind turbines. However, due to the economic recession, Dowding is unable to leverage private financing to manufacture wind turbine components more efficiently.
Stabenow's bill will establish financing mechanisms for companies like Dowding which will allow them to be more productive and less fuel dependent to reduce costs and save or create jobs. It will also establish a joint industry-government manufacturing partnerships to shift our industry towards utilizing advanced, sustainable manufacturing technologies and processes to compete in a low-carbon global economy. Policies that promote more renewable energies and reducing greenhouse gas emissions will help create markets for companies like Dowding.
Finally, Stabenow's legislation expands the regionally based Industrial Assessment Centers to reach more small and medium-sized manufacturers and train the industrial engineers of tomorrow.