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.”
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
“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
“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.
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 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 Manufacturers or
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