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NAM and New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. Honor Senator Susan Collins for Supporting a Pro-Manufacturing Agenda

April 25th 2011

Senator Collins' Votes in 111th Congress Show Her Support for Economic Growth and Job Creation

Washington, D.C. -

U.S. Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence today in recognition of her consistent support of manufacturers and their employees across the United States. The Award was presented at an event sponsored by NAM member New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. at its footwear manufacturing facility in Norridgewock, Maine.

Members of Congress who maintained a voting record of 70 percent or higher during the 111th Congress (2009-2010) received the Award. Senator Collins received a 77-percent key vote rating.

"On behalf of New Balance and our hundreds of American manufacturing associates, I thank Senator Collins for championing the causes that will help manufacturers thrive in Maine and across our country," said John Wilson, Executive Vice President, Manufacturing at New Balance. "We are fortunate to have Senator Collins in our corner, advocating policies that will enable us to continue to grow our business, create and maintain American jobs, and stay competitive in today's global economy."

"Senator Collins supports common-sense policies that will enable manufacturers to create and maintain good high-paying jobs in Maine and throughout America," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. "A vibrant manufacturing base is vital to getting our economy turned around and ensuring quality of life for all Americans. It is critical to have lawmakers like Senator Collins whose actions consistently match their words when it comes to a pro-manufacturing agenda for economic growth and job creation."

Each key vote was selected by an NAM member-led advisory committee comprised of executives from small, mid-sized and large manufacturing companies. Members of Congress are notified in advance when key votes are pending and why the key vote designation has been made.

Key manufacturing votes for the 111th Congress included energy policy, taxes, regulations and labor law reform, among others. These policies are important components of the NAM's "Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America," a comprehensive plan for supporting jobs and the U.S. economy. You can view the Strategy at

"The Award is a non-partisan indicator to help manufacturers and their employees sort out the true allies of manufacturing based on their votes on key issues that affect the manufacturing economy, jobs and U.S. competitiveness," Timmons noted.

Voting records for all members of Congress are available at along with further details about NAM Key Manufacturing Votes.

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

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