NAM Announces 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour

President and CEO Jay Timmons to Meet Leading Manufacturers, Elected Officials, Parents and Students While Visiting Manufacturing Facilities Across Nation

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) will kick off its 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour on Monday, February 12, traveling to eight states and visiting numerous manufacturing facilities and schools along the way. The tour comes as manufacturers’ confidence in the future has skyrocketed. In the midst of historic tax reform and regulatory relief, 95 percent of respondents expressed a positive outlook for their companies’ future in the NAM’s latest Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey.

From February 12 to 22, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons will join local manufacturers, employees, students, media, community leaders and elected officials to discuss the rewarding opportunities in manufacturing across the country and the urgent need to build the modern manufacturing workforce.

“Across America, the nature of work is changing, and the types of jobs we’re creating are shifting. Innovation is transforming the way manufacturers operate, and there is an urgent need for talented and skilled men and women on our shop floors and in our facilities working as coders, technicians, craftspeople, designers, marketers and so much more. Our focus on this tour is telling the story of modern manufacturing and the incredible opportunities we have for well-paying, rewarding careers—whether it’s a first career or a new career,” said Timmons.

For the past four years, the annual NAM State of Manufacturing Tour has focused the nation’s attention on the industry that is the backbone of the American economy, highlighting the more than 12 million men and women who are building our future. The tour has traveled the country, bringing policy discussions and conversations about the future of work to shop floors, schools, economic clubs, television studios, the White House and more. At a time when the future of work is top of mind for workers and thought leaders alike, this year’s tour will spotlight the industry’s rapid transformation, while also focusing on manufacturing’s well-paying careers, the industry’s diverse workforce and the real-world solutions for manufacturing’s continued growth.

Tour events will take place in Michigan, Kentucky, Indiana, Alabama, New York, Kansas, California and Missouri. To learn more about the 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour, click hereDetails are as follows:


Monday, February 12 // Michigan

8:15 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. (EST)
Automation Alley
2675 Bellingham Drive 
Troy, MI 48083
(press: open)

11:30 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. (EST)
Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast
1371 North Perry Street
Pontiac, MI 48340
(press: open)

2:30 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. (EST)
1609 Biddle Avenue 
Wyandotte, MI 48192
(press: closed)

Tuesday, February 13 // Kentucky
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (EST)
Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.
1001 Cherry Blossom Way
Georgetown, KY 40324
(press: open)

12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (EST)
446 East High Street
Lexington, KY 40507
(press: open)

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. (EST)
Bluegrass Community and Technical College
200 Technology Court
Georgetown, KY 40324
(press: open)

2:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Brown-Forman – Woodford Reserve
7855 McCracken Pike
Versailles, KY 40383
(press: open)

Wednesday, February 14 // Indiana

9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. (EST)
International Paper
2135 Stout Field E. Drive 
Indianapolis, IN 46241
(press: closed)

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. (EST)
Ivy Technical Community College
50 W. Fall Creek Parkway N. Drive
Indianapolis, IN 46208
(press: open)

2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (EST)
Eli Lilly
893 S. Delaware Street 
Indianapolis, IN 46225
(press: closed)

Thursday, February 15 // Alabama

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. (CST)
210 Inverness Center Drive
Birmingham, AL 35242
(press: open)

10:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (CST)
Lawson State Community College
1100 9th Avenue SW
Bessemer, AL 35022
(press: open)

Thursday, February 15 // New York

[NYSE Closing Bell Appearance with Emerson]

Friday, February 16 // New York

[National Media Availability]

Friday, February 16 // Kansas

9:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (CST)
Cargill Inc. Oilseeds
1401 N Mosley St,
Wichita, KS 67214
(press: open)


Tuesday, February 20 // California

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. (PST)
Ritual Roasters
1026 Valencia Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(press: open)

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m. (PST)
Social Imprints
969 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
(press: open)

10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (PST)
2000 Folsom Street
San Francisco, CA 94110
(press: open)

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. (PST)
Circa of America
1330 Fitzgerald Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94124
(press: open)

Wednesday, February 21 // California

8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (PST)
2244 Blach Place, Suite 150
San Jose, CA 95131
(press: open)

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (PST)
1277 Reamwood Avenue
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(press: invitation only)

Thursday, February 22 // Missouri

9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. (CST)
Ranken Technical College
4431 Finney Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63113
(press: open)

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CST)
Anheuser-Busch Biergarten
12th and Lynch Street
St. Louis, MO 63118
(press: open)

More information regarding tour stops, events and locations will be released soon.

MEDIA RSVP: Members of the media interested in covering the tour or attending an event should contact Michael Short at To learn more about the 2018 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 $2.25 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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