Washington, D.C., March 1, 2017 – National Association of
Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered his 2017 State of
Manufacturing address at “Business Day in Madison” in front of more than 1,000
guests, including elected officials, manufacturing leaders, influential business
and community leaders and the media. The event is the last 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.
is truly in the national spotlight. Manufacturing has seized the American
imagination. As we saw during the president’s address last night, our leaders in
Washington want to see us succeed. The country is rooting for us,” Timmons said.
“However, it is true that you don’t see some of the same factories you used to.
There are men and women who wonder if they have a place in the modern economy.
Our job—your job—is to show them that, yes, they do.”
introducing Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) as the keynote speaker at “Business
Day in Madison,” Timmons called on the Trump administration and new Congress to
stimulate manufacturing by reforming our tax code and regulatory systems and
investing in our nation’s infrastructure.
“President Trump listened to
our message, and his remarks last night confirmed: he’s putting the force of the
White House behind many of our goals. On many of these issues, the president and
leaders in Congress, including House Speaker Paul Ryan, share our goals. Now,
manufacturers need to see results,” Timmons added, noting that manufacturing
contributes an estimated $2.17 trillion to the U.S. economy and supports more
than 470,000 jobs in Wisconsin alone.
At the event, Gov. Walker issued a
proclamation announcing March 1 as “Modern Manufacturing Day.”
From left: Wisconsin Manufacturers and
Commerce President and CEO Kurt Bauer, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, and
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. Photo credit: David Bohrer/National Association
As part of the 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour,
Timmons visited 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 www.nam.org.