NAM’s Timmons Caps Off 2017 State of Manufacturing Tour at “Business Day in Madison”

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

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.

“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.”

Before 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 of Manufacturers.

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 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

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