Today the Boeing Company’s first 787 Dreamliner departed for Japan for delivery to All Nippon Airways Co. marking a historic event in the production of the this new airliner. The Dreamliner is the first commercial airliner to be mostly made of carbon fiber and will be up to 20 percent more fuel-efficient than most of the planes currently being used.

Boeing’s Dreamliner is a great example of our nation’s manufacturing innovation and ingenuity. The aerospace industry is critically important to job growth and the competitiveness of manufacturers here in the United States. It’s also important to remember that the products developed from many of the innovations in the aerospace sector are used to improve the daily lives of people all around the world.

For manufacturers to be able to continually innovate and remain competitive it’s important that they not be saddled with unnecessary and over burdensome regulations. The National Labor Relations Board’s complaint against Boeing threatens thousands of jobs and has created unnecessary uncertainty among employers throughout the nation. 

Manufacturers have made it clear that they need policies from Washington that will allow them to grow and lead the economic recovery. With the right policies in place, manufacturers will be able to create jobs with new innovations such as the Dreamliner.