NAM’s Timmons Delivers 2017 State of Manufacturing Address at Detroit Economic Club in Detroit, Michigan

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

Washington, D.C., February 24, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered his 2017 State of Manufacturing address to a sold-out crowd at the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit, Mich., in front of hundreds of guests, including elected officials, labor union and manufacturing leaders, students and the media. The event is the latest stop on the organization’s weeklong national tour—and the first after Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Chair David Farr’s meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House on Thursday to discuss the future of manufacturing.

“This is our time. Manufacturing animated the presidential race. Manufacturers propelled a change election. And the president of the United States has made manufacturing in the United States a signature issue,” Timmons told guests. “However—and this is also important—it is true that you don’t see some of the same factories you used to. In Detroit and elsewhere, the landscape is different. For so many, that is a true source of pain, and we, as business leaders, have to address that head-on.”
“Manufacturers are adapting and improving every day. We are changing the conversation to emphasize what modern manufacturing means today: upscaling jobs, upskilling workers and creating pathways for enhancing individual talent, securing futures and increasing wages,” Timmons added, noting that manufacturing contributes an estimated $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy and supports nearly 600,000 jobs in Michigan alone.

Timmons called on the new administration and Congress to stimulate manufacturing by reforming our tax code and regulatory systems and investing in our nation’s infrastructure.

“When it comes to our top priorities on issues like regulatory reform, tax reform and infrastructure investment, we have a lot of common ground with the Trump administration and the new Congress,” Timmons said. “There are more jobs just waiting to be created if we can get those things done.”

Timmons was joined by the following leaders during the program:

  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI)
  • Laborers’ International Union of North America General President Terry O’Sullivan
  • Michigan Manufacturers Association President and CEO Chuck Hadden
  • General Motors Comany Executive Vice President of Legal and Public Policy and General Counsel Craig Glidden
  • NAM Board Members:
    • Cooper Standard Automotive Chairman and CEO Jeff Edwards
    • E&E Manufacturing Co. President Wes Smith
    • Ernst & Young Global Sector Leader of Automotive and Transportation Randy Miller
    • KPMG National Sector Leader of Industrial Manufacturing Brian Heckler

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder issued a proclamation delaring the week of February 20 as Modern Manufacturing Week.

As part of the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour, Timmons will visit with local manufacturers, employees, students, community and business 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 jdrogus@nam.org. To learn more about the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour, click here.


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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 www.nam.org.