Manufacturing Army Bolstered with Proven Industry Leaders

NAM Positioned to Grow Influence and Advocacy for Pro-Manufacturing Policies

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Washington, D.C., January 26, 2015 – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced new Board of Directors leadership for the more than 14,000 member group that is the powerful voice for millions working in the manufacturing sector. Gregg Sherrill, chairman and CEO of Tenneco Inc., will serve as chair of the NAM Board of Directors, and John F. Lundgren, chairman and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., will serve as vice chair for a two-year term. In addition, Tom Riordan, president and CEO of Neenah Enterprises, Inc., will serve as chair of the Small and Medium Manufacturers (SMM) Group, and Drew Greenblatt, president and owner of Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC, will serve as vice chair.

“It is a privilege to represent manufacturing, and I appreciate the opportunity to serve as chairman,” said Sherrill. “Every manufacturer, from small companies to large multinationals, plays a key role in creating jobs and driving economic growth. As manufacturers, we have the unique opportunity to work together on issues that not only strengthen businesses but also keep America strong for generations to come.”

“Manufacturing is the cornerstone of economic growth and job creation in the United States,” said Riordan. “However, small and medium-sized manufacturers continue to face an onslaught of new federal regulations, increasing health care costs, a crumbling infrastructure and the highest tax rate in the world. I look forward to working with the NAM to build on recent gains by advocating policies that help us move forward, not policies that hold us back.”

These dynamic industry leaders are manufacturing champions who have a variety of experience in manufacturing and are respected throughout their workforces and among their colleagues. Sherrill held engineering and manufacturing positions at major U.S. and global manufacturers before becoming chairman and CEO of Tenneco, an $8 billion manufacturer of clean air and ride performance components and systems. Similarly, Riordan has more than 30 years of experience in various industrial markets and now leads one of the largest independent foundry companies in the United States and one of the leading suppliers of castings to the domestic municipal and industrial markets.

The NAM’s leadership team will advocate policies that will grow jobs in the United States, attract foreign direct investment, ease the regulatory burden, lead the world in innovation, expand access to global markets and ensure manufacturers have access to a skilled, modern workforce.

“The NAM is incredibly lucky to have proven manufacturing leaders whose experience and leadership will be a great asset to the manufacturing army as we face uncertainty stemming from growing regulatory burdens, skyrocketing health care costs and gridlock in Washington,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “With this leadership team, the NAM will continue to work with leaders in Washington to solve our nation’s challenges and ensure America is the best place in the world to manufacture.”



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 $2.09 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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