NAM’s Timmons Visits the Anheuser-Busch Brewery in Columbus, Ohio, for the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour

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

Washington, D.C., February 27, 2017 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President, CEO and Ohio native Jay Timmons participated in an employee town hall at Anheuser-Busch in Columbus, Ohio, as part of the NAM’s 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour. 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 met 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 said in advance of the town hall, which included Anheuser-Busch employees, elected officials, local business and community leaders and media. “The automation-weakens-manufacturing stories we’ve been hearing are—in the true meaning of the words—‘fake news.’ Technology, like here, is upskilling, upscaling and future-proofing jobs, so that more Americans can find rewarding and long-term careers in modern manufacturing.”

Timmons was joined by the following leaders during the town hall: Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-OH), Congresswoman Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger (R), Ohio Speaker Pro Tempore Kirk Schuring (R),Ohio Manufacturers’ Association President Eric Burkland and Anheuser-Busch Vice President of Industry Affairs Doug Bailey.

“We were excited to convene a discussion about manufacturing in Ohio where we employ nearly 800 passionate workers,” said Anheuser-Busch Vice President of Industry Affairs Doug Bailey. “For 165 years, we have been making great American beers like Budweiser, advancing the brewing industry and providing good jobs. We share the National Association of Manufacturers’ commitment to making manufacturing a priority in Washington, and across the country, and look forward to continuing the conversation started today.”

“To unlock the full promise of modern manufacturing’s future, we need to encourage more investment in the United States—and that comes with lawmakers in Washington pairing the rhetorical support of manufacturing with the right actions now on meaningful tax and regulatory reform, infrastructure investment and workforce opportunities,” Timmons added, noting that manufacturing contributes an estimated $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy and supports nearly 700,000 jobs in Ohio alone.

From left: Ohio Manufacturers’ Association Eric Burkland, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi, Anheuser-Busch Vice President of Industry Affairs Doug Bailey, Ohio House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger. Photo credit: David Bohrer/NAM.

While in Ohio, Timmons and the NAM also participated in facility tours and product demonstrations at Honda of America Manufacturing in Marysville and Worthington Industries in Worthington.

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 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.

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