Regulatory Compliance Burdens a Top Concern Among Manufacturers

If costs of regulatory compliance were reduced, respondents would reallocate funds to hire more employees and make other growth investments, according to a NAFEM survey. Photo by Eric Prouzet on Unsplash.

NAFEM says regulations and the cost of compliance are escalating at such a rate that they have become the top business concerns of manufacturers who responded to its recent survey. The association, which represents the $14.3 billion U.S. FE&S industry, surveyed 398 member companies from July 31-Aug. 21. Results represent a 12.5% response rate.

The costs of regulatory compliance are high, with 40% of respondents report spending $20,000-$40,000 annually and 20% paying greater than $100,000 on regulatory compliance. If these costs were reduced, those who responded would reallocate these funds to purchase new equipment (58%), hire more employees (34%), increase wages/benefits (32%), expand facilities (22%) and increase community philanthropy (10%).

“NAFEM members are largely small businesses that play important roles in their local communities,” says Charlie Souhrada, CFSP, NAFEM’s vice president of regulatory and technical affairs, in the release. “The rapidly increasing number and pace of regulations is making it extremely challenging for them to help grow our economy by investing in their businesses and creating new jobs.”

According to the White House, small businesses are an essential part of the American economy, providing 45% of all private-sector jobs. However, NAFEM reports, one survey respondent from the West Coast with 40 employees says, “Regulatory challenges pose an existential threat for smaller companies. Many do not have the resources to dedicate to tackling these burdensome regulations in the time we have been given. If left unchecked, smaller companies may not be able to comply and will be forced to shut down, impacting hundreds if not thousands of employees.”

NAFEM will share the findings of its supply chain survey with elected and appointed officials at the federal and state levels. “We look forward to continuing a robust conversation that will allow NAFEM members to increase the good-paying manufacturing jobs they provide in communities across the country,” Souhrada says in the release.



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