CPR and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) have established the Mediation Center for Business Disputes for NAM's 14,000 member companies. Its purpose is to help manufacturing companies resolve business and employment disputes through non-binding mediation by a neutral third party. The Mediation Center will provide assistance in persuading the other party to participate in the mediation when necessary. Mediations are conducted in accordance with the CPR Mediation Procedure. Founded in 1895, the NAM is the nation's oldest and largest industrial trade association. Its member companies, including thousands of small manufacturers, are located in every state and produce about 85% of U.S. manufactured goods.