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Kimberly Korbel to Chair NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations


Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today announced new 2019 leadership for its Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA) at the CMA 2019 Winter Leadership Conference in Baltimore. Kimberly Korbel, executive director of the American Wire Producers Association (AWPA), will serve as chair, and Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, will serve as vice chair. Made up of more than 260 industry-specific manufacturing associations, the CMA is a powerful assembly of manufacturers and a vital arm of the NAM.

It is a great honor to have been asked to serve in this leadership role, said Korbel. Even at a time of political division across the country, there is one thing everyone can agree on and that is the importance of growing America’s most iconic industry. The CMA will embark on a dialogue about the role associations and manufacturing communities can play in bringing the country together around this idea while also advancing individual liberty and equal opportunity. We hope to offer tools that will help us effectively exchange ideas with political leaders and allow us to create workplaces filled with respect and trust.

Last year, manufacturers in the United States achieved record optimism thanks to policy wins that our industry secured from leaders in Washington and our efforts to advance the pillars that keep our country exceptional: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity, said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. Kimberly’s commitment to these values and to manufacturing more broadly, together with her tremendous experience in the industry, make her the right champion to continue bringing manufacturers together to advance an agenda that expands opportunities for all Americans.

The CMA’s mission is focused on bolstering the industry’s nationwide grassroots mobilization efforts and improving the competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States. CMA members work with the NAM to unite the manufacturing association community, and ultimately the broader business community, around strategies for increased manufacturing job creation, investment and innovation in America.

The AWPA is the leading voice of the ferrous wire and wire products industry in North America, and its membership includes wire producers located in the United States, Canada and Mexico, manufacturers and distributors of wire rod and suppliers of machinery, dies and equipment to the wire industry. The mission of the AWPA is to ensure free access to the global supply of carbon, alloy and stainless steel wire rod.

Korbel previously served as vice chair of the CMA. In addition to Korbel and Forristall Luke, the 2019 incoming CMA board members include Steve Caldeira, Household & Commercial Products Association; Eric Fanning, Aerospace Industries Association; Geoff Freeman, Grocery Manufacturers Association; Melissa Hockstad, American Cleaning Institute; Katherine Lugar, American Beverage Association; Robb MacKie, American Bakers Association; Jim McGreevy, Beer Institute; Mike Sommers, American Petroleum Institute; Chris Swonger, Distilled Spirits Council; and Dena Wiggins, Natural Gas Supply Association. To learn more about the CMA, 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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