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NAM’s Timmons to Deliver 2020 State of Manufacturing Address at Iowa Manufacturer

Washington, D.C. – Marking the 125th anniversary—to the day—of the National Association of Manufacturers’ founding, President and CEO Jay Timmons will travel to Pella, Iowa, to deliver his “State of Manufacturing Address” at Vermeer Corporation, an industrial and agricultural equipment manufacturer, on Wednesday, Jan. 22. In his remarks, Timmons will highlight the diversity of modern manufacturing job opportunities and how the industry is working to fill more than 4.6 million jobs over the next decade and address the workforce crisis through the NAM’s unprecedented Creators Wanted campaign. This event also serves as the launch for “Competing to Win,” the NAM’s 2020 policy agenda for candidates and elected officials.

Timmons will be joined by Vermeer Corporation employees and business and community leaders to discuss the rewarding and diverse opportunities in manufacturing as well as the state of the industry and the issues that matter this election season.

“This is a pivotal year for manufacturers, as we celebrate our history and build our future,” said Timmons. “Manufacturers consistently say their top concern is educating Americans on the opportunities in our industry and finding workers for the half-million unfilled jobs open today and the 4.6 million that will be open over the coming decade. As with the challenges we’ve faced throughout history, manufacturers are ready to be the solution.”

WHO: NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons

WHAT: NAM’s 2020 State of Manufacturing Address

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 10:00 a.m. CST

WHERE: Vermeer Corporation Global Pavilion, 1210 E. Vermeer Rd., Pella, IA 50219

WATCH: A livestream will be available at https://www.facebook.com/NAMpage.

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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 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 62.5% 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 Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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NAM’s Timmons to Deliver 2020 State of Manufacturing Address at Iowa Manufacturer

Washington, D.C. – Marking the 125th anniversary—to the day—of the National Association of Manufacturers’ founding, President and CEO Jay Timmons will travel to Pella, Iowa, to deliver his “State of Manufacturing Address” at Vermeer Corporation, an industrial and agricultural equipment manufacturer, on Wednesday, Jan. 22. In his remarks, Timmons will highlight the diversity of modern manufacturing job opportunities and how the industry is working to fill more than 4.6 million jobs over the next decade and address the workforce crisis through the NAM’s unprecedented Creators Wanted campaign. This event also serves as the launch for “Competing to Win,” the NAM’s 2020 policy agenda for candidates and elected officials.

Timmons will be joined by Vermeer Corporation employees and business and community leaders to discuss the rewarding and diverse opportunities in manufacturing as well as the state of the industry and the issues that matter this election season.

“This is a pivotal year for manufacturers, as we celebrate our history and build our future,” said Timmons. “Manufacturers consistently say their top concern is educating Americans on the opportunities in our industry and finding workers for the half-million unfilled jobs open today and the 4.6 million that will be open over the coming decade. As with the challenges we’ve faced throughout history, manufacturers are ready to be the solution.”

WHO: NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons

WHAT: NAM’s 2020 State of Manufacturing Address

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 10:00 a.m. CST

** Media Check-In: 9:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CST

WHERE: Vermeer Corporation Global Pavilion, 1210 E. Vermeer Rd., Pella, IA 50219

Members of the media interested in attending or covering the address should contact Rob Damschen ([email protected]) or [email protected].

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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 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 62.5% 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 Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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Manufacturers Commend Trump Leadership on China Trade Reform

Timmons: “Results Matter. This Is an Indisputable Win for Our Country.”

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons commended President Trump and United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer for successfully negotiating the unprecedented “phase one” trade agreement with China, noting “no other administration has achieved this level of success with—and accountability of—America’s primary economic adversary in the past three decades.” Timmons was at the White House today for the signing of the historic agreement.

Timmons wrote to President Trump two years ago urging him “to consider pursuing a truly modern, innovative and comprehensive bilateral trade agreement with China that wholly restructures our economic relationship.” Shortly after, the NAM released a full negotiating objectives framework for such an agreement.

In his January 2018 letter to President Trump, Timmons declared “when our workers have a level playing field, no one—absolutely no one—can beat us. China must follow the same rules as everyone else and must be held accountable when it cheats. China has proven one of the most troubling markets in the world for manufacturers, due to its lack of commitment to free markets, fair competition and reform. From unfair subsidies and massive overcapacity in sectors such as steel and aluminum, to intellectual property theft and market-distorting policies that shield Chinese companies, manufacturers and workers in the United States face an unfair playing field that has harmed U.S. manufacturing and held us back.”

“Results matter,” said Timmons today. “We are proud that the ‘phase one’ deal includes core elements of the NAM’s proposed framework. Because of the President’s tenacity and focus, this is an indisputable win for our country and a momentous day in the U.S.–China economic relationship. It is a remarkable turning point for manufacturers, with the unprecedented and enforceable commitments on critical intellectual property protections to which China has agreed.

“The NAM looks forward to reviewing the final text of this agreement and to working with the administration in holding China accountable for its ambitious commitments. Additionally, we are committed to achieving more progress in reducing trade uncertainty as the focus of the administration and the NAM now turn to ‘phase two.’”

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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 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 62.5% 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 Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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NAM Statement on Passing of ASAE President and CEO John H. Graham IV

Washington, D.C. – NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on the passing of American Society of Association Executives President and CEO John H. Graham IV:

“John Graham made it his life’s mission to empower others to unite in support of causes greater than themselves. He understood the power of associations better than anyone—calling them ‘refuges and communities for people who want to come together for a common purpose and achieve results that are positive for our nation and the world. Thanks to John, more Americans are able to make that positive difference. Our world truly is a better place because John was in it.

“Across his four decades of association leadership, at ASAE and at the American Diabetes Association, he demonstrated the best of our professional community. I consider myself fortunate to have learned from John through the years. He recognized the value of leaders using their platforms to be a unifying force in society, to look beyond our silos and address concerns of diversity, inclusion and justice. We are grateful for his support of the work of our Council of Manufacturing Associations as well as for the many ways the NAM team benefited from the ASAE resources he pioneered.

“Throughout his career, John brought people together. Now, we come together to mourn his passing. It is a testament to his legacy and impact that so many people of diverse backgrounds, from an array of industries and nonprofits, are affected by this loss. We extend our deepest condolences to John’s family, his colleagues and all who loved him. We are thinking of you and praying for you.”

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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 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 62.5% 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 Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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Greenerd Press & Machine Company’s Letendre Named to NAM Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers announced that Greenerd Press & Machine Company President and CEO Jerry Letendre has been named to the NAM Board of Directors. Letendre will join the NAM Board to advance a manufacturing policy agenda that promotes growth and prosperity for all Americans.

The NAM is the largest industrial trade association in the United States and the nation’s leading advocate for manufacturing. The NAM’s 14,000 members include some of the world’s most iconic brands, and more than 90% of its members are small and medium-sized businesses. The NAM Board is the driving force behind the NAM’s advocacy efforts on issues affecting manufacturers.

“I am honored to be a part of the NAM Board and continue to fight for policies that will ensure our continued growth and success as manufacturers,” said Letendre. “The NAM advocates for key policies that enable U.S. manufacturers to compete successfully in the global economy, empowering us to deliver for our people and our communities following historic tax reform and significant regulatory relief.”

“Jerry’s experience leading enterprises around the world will be an invaluable contribution to the NAM Board of Directors,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “At the start of a new decade and an election year, we are in a pivotal moment for manufacturers, and Jerry will help us chart the path forward for our industry. Through our unprecedented Creators Wanted campaign, we will inspire a new generation of modern manufacturing workers. And as only the NAM can do, we will mobilize manufacturers to achieve more policy victories—on infrastructure, immigration, regulatory certainty, energy, health care and more. In all we do, we will advance the values that make our nation exceptional and our industry strong: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity.”

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Founded in New England in 1883, Greenerd Press & Machine Company has designed and built thousands of high-quality custom and standard hydraulic presses since 1934. Designed to meet challenging application needs, Greenerd presses are made to withstand the rigors of around-the-clock production and deliver many years of service. Greenerd’s extensive line of hydraulic presses are available in a variety of styles ranging from gap frame and straight-side to die-spotting and forging presses, with unlimited size and tonnage capabilities. Fully automated and integrated press solutions are offered for all market segments and industrial applications.

Greenerd has decades of in-house applications engineering experience, successfully designing presses for a broad range of manufacturing applications. Utilizing the latest engineering technologies, Greenerd engineers design and build innovative, safe, efficient, reliable hydraulic press systems with turn-key automation and integration with peripheral and auxiliary systems. For more information about Greenerd Press, please visit http://www.greenerd.com.

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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 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 64% 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 Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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Anne Forristall Luke to Chair NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations

Timmons: “Anne Is the Consummate Advocate for Manufacturers”

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers announced new 2020 leadership for its Council of Manufacturing Associations at the CMA 2020 Winter Leadership Conference in West Palm Beach, Florida. Anne Forristall Luke, president and CEO of the U.S. Tire Manufacturers Association, will serve as chair, and Robb MacKie, president and CEO of the American Bakers 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 critical partner of the NAM.

“Having the opportunity to serve as the chair of the CMA is one of the greatest honors of my career,” said Forristall Luke. “My fellow CMA members are among the highest-caliber leaders I’ve ever met, and their commitment to the people and communities of U.S. manufacturing is one of the reasons I feel so optimistic about the future of manufacturing in our country. I’m excited to work with my colleagues in the coming year to demonstrate the opportunities and innovations in our industry and to help deliver on our commitments to the values of sustainability and the growth of a modern, educated and diverse workforce.”

“Anne is the consummate advocate for manufacturers, unfailingly reliable, focused and determined,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Where others see impossibility, she sees opportunity, and the growth and success of the USTMA is a testament to her vision and tenacity. Robb’s track record of innovation at the ABA has earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues throughout the business community. And with Anne and Robb’s leadership, the CMA will be at its strongest during this pivotal year.

“Manufacturers’ policy successes in 2019 were a direct result of the collaboration and mobilization made possible by the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations. We look forward to making 2020 another one for the record books by elevating the voices of manufacturing leaders and manufacturing workers across America.”

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.

Luke has served as president and CEO of the USTMA since Jan. 1, 2016. She has more than 35 years of executive leadership, public affairs and government relations experience in both the public and private sectors. Since joining the USTMA, she has successfully rebranded and refocused the more than 100-year-old association to accurately reflect the membership, strategy and vision of the organization representing U.S. tire manufacturers. Under her leadership, USTMA membership has grown from eight to 12 manufacturing companies and measurably increased the reputation and influence of the U.S. tire manufacturing industry among key stakeholders, partners and policymakers.

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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 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 62.5% 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 Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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NAM Joins POTUS at NEPA Event

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement after joining President Donald Trump at the White House as he announced proposed updates to the National Environmental Policy Act implementing regulations.

President Trump is once again taking action to power our industry—and our economy—forward. The NAM’s Building to Win infrastructure plan called for exactly this type of modernization—because our efforts should be used for building the infrastructure Americans desperately need, not wasted on mountains of paperwork and endless delays.

We thank the administration for listening to manufacturers—and working to ensure that the 21st-century highways, bridges, power lines, cell towers and more that we rely on get built. Our hope is that these improvements will modernize infrastructure permitting so we can get more shovels in the ground and even more manufacturers to work. Manufacturers will continue keeping our promise to reduce our environmental footprint through innovation and sustainable practices—because we know that economic growth and environmental stewardship can and must go hand-in-hand.

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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 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic multiplier 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 Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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Manufacturers Claim Bipartisan Victory in History-Making USMCA

Timmons Urges Swift Senate Action to Restore Certainty for Manufacturers

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement on House passage of the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement:

Months ago, when others predicted nothing but partisan gridlock, manufacturers mobilized to make sure that the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement won the overwhelming support it deserved. Today, the NAM’s efforts helped secure a strong bipartisan vote for this historic agreement. Democrats and Republicans alike voted to protect the millions of manufacturing jobs that depend on North American trade.

The NAM’s nationwide efforts activated manufacturing workers and supporters, reaching members of Congress with thousands of pro-USMCA letters, calls and meetings. In doing so, we drove the narrative, making the USMCA not about partisan politics but about good policy for growing manufacturing in America. The Senate should act swiftly; manufacturers have waited long enough, and passage of the USMCA will help restore trade certainty and empower our industry, the backbone of the America economy, to continue growing here in the United States.

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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 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic multiplier 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 Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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NAM Survey: Manufacturing Stabilizes in Fourth Quarter

With Progress on USMCA, China and Ex-Im Bank, Manufacturers Are Well-Positioned Heading into 2020

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers today released the results of the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey for the fourth quarter of 2019. The survey shows that manufacturing optimism has stabilized with nearly 68% of manufacturers reporting a positive outlook for their business, essentially the same rate as the third quarter release. The inability to attract and retain a quality workforce remained manufacturers’ top business concern (63.8%) for the ninth straight quarter. The survey was conducted prior to announced agreements on the U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement, “phase one” trade deal with China and long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank—important progress that will boost certainty for manufacturers entering the new year.

In just the past week, our leaders have taken major steps toward bolstering manufacturers’ optimism and confidence. Now we need them to build on that progress by passing the USMCA, signing the ‘phase one’ deal with China and voting to reauthorize the Ex-Im Bank. All of these actions have the power to reduce the trade uncertainty we see in this survey, said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. To tackle manufacturers’ number-one challenge, the NAM is supercharging our workforce strategy in 2020 through Creators Wanted, our nationwide tour and campaign to inspire a new generation of modern manufacturing workers. So between trade and workforce, next year will be a critical opportunity to build the foundation for manufacturing growth for years to come.

To date in 2019, manufacturing has had an average of 483,500 open jobs—a highly elevated level that included the all-time high number in June (515,000). Manufacturing had 477,000 open jobs in October, according to the most recent JOLTS data, and a landmark report published last year by Deloitte and The Manufacturing Institute—the workforce and education partner of the NAM—found that 2.4 million manufacturing jobs could go unfilled by 2028.

Ahead of its 125th anniversary and the 2020 elections, the NAM recently launched the “Creators Wanted Fund,” a multimillion-dollar campaign to inspire and drive more Americans to pursue careers in modern manufacturing. The campaign aims to cut the skills gap by 600,000 workers by 2025; increase by 25% the number of students enrolling in technical and vocational schools; increase by 25% the number of students enrolling in apprenticeships and reskilling programs; and raise to 50%—from 27%—the number of parents who would encourage their children to pursue a career in modern manufacturing.

Conducted by NAM Chief Economist Chad Moutray, the Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey has surveyed the association’s membership of 14,000 large and small manufacturers on a quarterly basis since 1997 to gain insight into their economic outlook, hiring and investment decisions and business concerns. The NAM releases the results to the public each quarter. Further information on the survey is available here.

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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 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic multiplier 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 Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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NAM Applauds Vote to Reauthorize Ex-Im, Repeal Onerous Taxes

Timmons: “Manufacturers Continue to Rack Up Victories”

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released the following statement after the House of Representatives passed government funding legislation that includes a long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank and repeals the medical device tax, health insurance tax and “Cadillac” tax:

Manufacturers continue to rack up victories for the men and women of our industry as the year comes to a close. Congressional leaders are to be commended for including so many of our top priorities in this must-pass bill. Securing a long-term reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank will safeguard manufacturing jobs in America and help level the playing field with other countries, especially China and Germany, so it could not come at a more critical time.


For nearly a decade, manufacturers have led the charge for the permanent repeal of onerous taxes on Americans’ health care. Winning these long-sought repeals will reduce the cost of providing quality benefits to manufacturing employees and delivering lifesaving medical technologies to patients.


Above all, this vote proves once again that even in a fiercely divided Washington, manufacturers can break through and get important work done for the good of our industry and the American people. Now the Senate must do its job so we can secure the President’s signature and ring in 2020 as a stronger, more competitive industry.

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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 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic multiplier 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 Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.

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