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
“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)
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 email@example.com. To
learn more about the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour, click here.
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
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