Kellyanne Conway Visits Local Manufacturing Facility in Roanoke to Celebrate Manufacturing Day, Advance Tax Reform

President Trump Expected to Sign Proclamation Establishing October 6th as National Manufacturing Day

Roanoke, Virginia, October 6, 2017 – Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway joined the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the Virginia Manufacturers Association today at Optical Cable Corporation in Roanoke, Virginia, as part of the NAM’s and The Manufacturing Institute’s annual Manufacturing Day. During the town hall–style event, Conway talked about the future of modern manufacturing in America and tax reform. 

“The future of our nation’s economy depends on the strength and growth of the manufacturing industry,” said Conway. “That is why President Trump is committed to creating a business environment where manufacturers can thrive. We have cut suffocating red tape, and now we’ve introduced the most aggressive tax reform proposal in more than 30 years. Our framework would simplify the tax code, bring relief to businesses and put American employers, workers and the middle class first.” 

Underscoring manufacturing’s importance to the U.S. economy, President Trump has invited manufacturing workers to join him at the White House as he signs an official presidential proclamation declaring October 6th as “National Manufacturing Day.” To celebrate, President Trump is deploying several Cabinet members and senior aides, including Conway, to emphasize tax reform’s importance to the future of modern manufacturing.

“On Manufacturing Day, America’s dreamers, doers and makers open our doors to modern manufacturing and unveil the opportunities that lie beyond them to students, parents, educators and community members across the country. It is our industry’s biggest stage to recruit and inspire next-generation manufacturers to create and build their—and our—future in America,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons, who also serves as board chairman of The Manufacturing Institute. “The future of manufacturing also heavily depends on enacting bold tax reform, and today is a great opportunity to bring that message directly to the American people. Getting tax reform done will secure these jobs in the United States and mean even more Americans can enjoy rewarding, well-paying, high-tech, hands-on and exciting careers in modern manufacturing.”
“We are proud to celebrate National Manufacturing Day by welcoming Kellyanne Conway, the NAM and the Virginia Manufacturers Association to the OCC. The decision by the NAM to host the premier event of the day at the OCC reflects its deep appreciation for our important role as an American manufacturer and supplier to the U.S. Armed Forces,” said Neil Wilkin, President and CEO of Optical Cable Corporation. “While National Manufacturing Day provides an opportunity for the OCC and manufacturers around the nation to celebrate the success of American manufacturing, it also shines an important light on the issues facing our industry, including the need for comprehensive corporate tax reform. Manufacturers are heartened by the commitment of the Trump administration and many of our elected officials to level the playing field for U.S. companies and workers by reforming our tax policies and crafting solutions that will better position our country and manufacturers for the future.”

Each year, the NAM and thousands of its members from across the country come together with businesspeople, students, educators, the media and representatives to celebrate Manufacturing Day on the first Friday of October. The manufacturing industry in Virginia employs more than 229,800 men and women, contributes $42.94 billion to the state’s economy and accounts for a significant portion of private-sector research and development.   


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