FAQs

Q?What is NMA’s history?
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NMA started in Carson City in the early 1980s in response to a business license hike. It became a statewide organization in 1992, when it became obvious that the challenges facing the manufacturing industry were statewide.

Q?What is considered manufacturing?
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Manufacturing is any process that takes raw materials, such as the products of mining and agriculture, and converts them into products for our homes and businesses that add value, and which consumers will buy and use to improve their lives and businesses.

Q?What is the cost of membership in NMA?
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The cost of membership varies depending on the size of your organization. Please visit our Membership page for rate information. In addition to the advocacy and industry information you’ll receive from your investment in membership, you’ll also have access to a whole host of benefits, including access to discounted medical and general insurance plans.

Q?How does NMA differ from the state’s various economic development agencies?
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NMA is a private, 501(c)(4) professional association whose funding comes solely from dues collected by member companies and individuals. NMA’s primary function is to protect and represent the interests of Nevada’s manufacturing industry in general and our members in particular at the state legislature. Although economic development agencies are often concerned with matters pertaining to manufacturing, it is not their sole function. Economic development agencies are directed by local and state government leaders and are funded in large part by state dollars. As such, they are charged with attracting businesses of all sorts to the state, with the ultimate goal of diversifying the state’s economy. Their goals often align with ours, and they may partner with us in our efforts, but manufacturers are not their primary concern.

Q?How can I learn about projects and initiatives that NMA is involved with at the state or local level?
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Our Press Room contains the latest news from NMA, as well as archived multimedia piece from various print and broadcast media outlets. Materials are archived for 30 days on this page.

Q?Why is manufacturing important?
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Every day, you are surrounded by manufactured goods, from the clothes you wear to the computers you use at work and the car you drive to get there. Manufacturing, like no other industry in our economy, actually creates wealth for our state—each manufacturing job generates four new jobs for our community, and it is the largest income generator of any economic sector in the state and the nation. It is a vital component of a healthy economy, and it is NMA’s mission to support and grow the industry in Nevada.