NAM Rallies Manufacturers Across U.S. for Manufacturing Day

At Thousands of Events, Manufacturers Look to the Future by Reaching Out to the Next Generation of Workers and Emphasizing the Need for Tax Reform

Washington, D.C., October 6, 2017 – Today, President Donald J. Trump has invited a delegation of manufacturers, led by National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons, to join him at the White House as he signs an official Presidential proclamation declaring October 6th as “National Manufacturing Day.” In celebration, President Trump is deploying several senior members of his Cabinet to join the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute at Manufacturing Day events across the country. This year, there are approximately 3,000 events nationwide.

Administration officials celebrating Manufacturing Day include Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency Scott Pruitt, and Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway. The officials will underscore tax reform’s importance to the future of modern manufacturing. In addition, Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Paul Ryan joined manufacturers in Chestertown, Maryland yesterday for a Manufacturing Day event.

“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 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.”
“Over the next decade, modern manufacturing will generate 3.5 million job openings. Through Manufacturing Day, the campaign and other critical programming, the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute have remained at the forefront of developing workforce solutions to help meet this need and close the skills gap that threatens to leave 2 million manufacturing jobs unfilled by 2025,” said Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee. “Giving our young people and their parents the chance to see firsthand the promise of a career in modern manufacturing can turn the tide and combat the myths that harm the perception of manufacturing careers in America.”
First held in 2012 along with the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association, International, Manufacturing Day gives manufacturers the opportunity to address the skills gaps they face, connect with future generations, take charge of the public image of manufacturing and ensure the ongoing prosperity of the industry as a whole. Learn more about Manufacturing Day and the significant impact this event has across the nation 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