Timmons: Elaine Chao a Proven Leader, Will Help Revitalize Nation’s Infrastructure

Manufacturers Urge Trump Transition Team to Embrace “Building to Win”

Washington, D.C., November 29, 2016 – National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement after the nomination of Elaine Chao as secretary of transportation:

“Elaine Chao is a friend and proven leader with the necessary experience and policy insights to helm the Department of Transportation during this critical time. As manufacturers have laid out in our ‘Building to Win’infrastructure blueprint, now is the time for a bold and serious investment in our nation’s highways and bridges, railways and airports, seaports and pipelines.

“To secure our economic leadership in the world, we need a dramatic renewal of our nation’s ailing infrastructure. Our inaction is costing us jobs and opportunity, while threatening lives and livelihoods. President-elect Donald Trump understands the urgency of this need and has called for infrastructure investment, and his team has drawn from ‘Building to Win’ in outlining his vision for a path forward. We are encouraged that this will be a top issue for the incoming administration.

“The NAM looks forward to working with Elaine when she takes on her new role. Voters have made clear that manufacturing is a priority for this country, and manufacturing’s success depends on revitalizing our infrastructure.”


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.

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