11.1.2012 The NAM and Cargill, Inc. Honor Congressman Jim Costa for Supporting Manufacturing

Congressman Costa Understands the Policies Needed to Ensure Manufacturers Succeed

WASHINGTON, D.C., November 1, 2012 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) awarded Congressman Jim Costa (D-CA-20) the NAM's Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at an event yesterday hosted by NAM member Cargill, Inc., at its Fresno, Calif., beef processing facility. Congressman Costa supported 76 percent of the policies identified by the NAM as critical to the success of manufacturing in the United States during the 112th Congress.

"Cargill thanks Congressman Costa for ensuring that the manufacturing voice is heard in Washington," said John, Niemann, vice president and general manager of Cargill's Fresno facility. "It is leaders like Congressman Costa who know that manufacturers are drivers of economic growth, job creation and prosperity."

"Manufacturers today compete in a global marketplace," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. "It is critical that Washington creates policies to keep us competitive and maintain our mantle of economic leadership. Congressman Costa understands this and has consistently supported the pro-manufacturing agenda through his votes in Congress."

"American manufacturing brings good paying jobs and economic growth to the Valley," said Costa. "From fighting for a fairer tax structure to supporting free trade agreements that open foreign markets to the products grown and made in America, I have and will continue to fight for manufacturing both in my district and nationwide. Growing manufacturing is a big part of rebuilding our economy. "

These awards are based on members of Congress's votes on key manufacturing legislation identified by the NAM in the 112th Congress. These included key votes on issues such as energy policy, taxes and regulations, among others. Each key vote was selected by the NAM's Key Vote Advisory Committee, which is comprised of NAM member companies and associations.

Members of Congress are notified in advance when key votes are pending and why the key vote designation has been made. The NAM is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. Voting records for all members of Congress and further details about NAM Key Manufacturing Votes are available here.


The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.