Washington, D.C. – Following President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement nominating Tom Vilsack for Secretary of Agriculture, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement:
“As the pandemic has made abundantly clear, manufacturers play an essential role in producing and protecting our nation’s food supply and keeping our families fed. We look forward to working with Sec. Vilsack when he returns to the Department of Agriculture to ensure that manufacturers can continue fulfilling this mission and that in times of critical stress, the manufacturing workers in our food supply chain are always recognized as the essential workers that they are.
“After eight years leading the department, Sec. Vilsack undoubtedly has the experience to steer the USDA through these challenging times. We congratulate him on his nomination to serve the nation once again. Through the years, I’ve had the chance to work with Sec. Vilsack, including when he served as governor of Iowa and I was doing work for the National Governors Association. As I saw firsthand, he was ahead of his time in advancing equal opportunity and inclusion, and he has a firm belief in igniting opportunity for all Americans. His collaborative, bipartisan, results-oriented approach will be a strong addition to the Biden administration.”
The National Association of Manufacturers 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 12.2 million men and women, contributes $2.35 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 62% 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 NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.