NAM’s Timmons Brings the State of Manufacturing Tour to the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce in Pittsburgh, PA

Timmons Calls on President Trump, New Congress to Tackle Infrastructure, Regulations and Tax Reform

Washington, D.C., February 28, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered remarks at an event at the Greater Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce with manufacturing leaders, influential business and community leaders and media in attendance. The event is the latest stop on the association’s weeklong national tour—in which Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair David Farr visited with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday to discuss the future of manufacturing.

President Trump will deliver a speech to a joint session of Congress tonight. Manufacturing has been a cornerstone of the president’s agenda, and manufacturers anticipate he will continue adopting many of our "Competing to Win" solutions that will increase manufacturing competitiveness and innovation as well as acknowledge the needs of a changing workforce in tonight’s speech.

“Modern manufacturing is strong, thanks, in large part, to the domestic energy production happening right here in southwestern Pennsylvania. Manufacturing is changing and evolving. However, we know there are men and women across the country wondering if they have a place in the modern economy,” Timmons said in his address today. “We must show them that, yes, they do. For one, there will always be a place for those who do the gratifying physical, hands-on work—the craftsmen and women and the artisans of the manufacturing economy. But they are also part of a more diverse U.S. industrial age, one that has jobs for engineers, robotics technicians, chemists, textile designers, software programmers and more. Our task is to help people learn these jobs exist and acquire the skills and flexibility that will let them adapt just as the industry does.”

Timmons was joined by the following leaders during the panel discussion: Ellwood Group Chairman, President and CEO David Barensfeld, Pittsburgh Regional Alliance President David Ruppersberger, Plastics Industry Association President and CEO Bill Carteaux, Pennsylvania Manufacturers’ Association President David Taylor and Allegheny Conference on Community Development CEO Dennis Yablonsky.

“Beyond addressing the skills gap, manufacturing will be even stronger when we improve the U.S. business climate. The good news is we have a president ready to sign legislation that comes from Congress. For manufacturers, three of our big-ticket items are regulatory reform, infrastructure investment, including energy and technology infrastructure, and tax reform,” Timmons added, noting that manufacturing contributes an estimated $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy and supports 568,000 jobs in Pennsylvania alone.

From left: Bill Carteaux, David Ruppersberger, David Barensfeld, Jay Timmons and David Taylor (Photo credit: David Bohrer/National Association of Manufacturers)

While in Pennsylvania, Timmons and the NAM also participated in facility tours and product demonstrations at General Electric’s Center for Additive Technology Advancement in Findlay Township and Edward Marc Brands, Inc.’s The Milk Shake Factory in Pittsburgh.

As part of the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour, Timmons will visit with local manufacturers, employees, students, business and community leaders and elected officials across Texas, New York, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin to discuss the real-world solutions needed to allow the U.S. economy and manufacturers to thrive.

Members of the media interested in joining the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour either on the road or through a remote interview should contact NAM Director of Media Relations Jennifer Drogus at To learn more about the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour, click here.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12 million men and women, contributes $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the Manufacturers or to follow us on Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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