Washington, D.C. – Following President-elect Joe Biden’s announcement that he will nominate Gen. Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense, National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement:
“Throughout history, manufacturers have been the arsenal of democracy, a role that we have reprised in a new way during the pandemic, working with the Department of Defense on the procurement and distribution of vaccines and vital supplies to battle COVID-19. We are committed to ensuring that work continues when Gen. Austin takes the lead at the Pentagon.
“Gen. Austin will bring more than four decades of valuable, battle-tested experience to this role, and manufacturers congratulate him on the nomination to join a Cabinet that already represents many historic firsts.
“In addition to our COVID-19 response, manufacturers look forward to working with the next secretary to support military members after their service is fulfilled. Through The Manufacturing Institute’s Heroes MAKE America initiative, we are proud to provide training and transition support to connect them with careers in modern manufacturing.”
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.