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David Farr of Emerson elected chair of NAM’s Board of Directors leadership

Associated Industries of Missouri is the sole official designated partner of the National Association of Manufacturers in Missouri.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) announced today that David Farr, chairman and CEO of Emerson, and David Seaton, chairman and CEO of Fluor Corporation, have been elected chair and vice chair of the NAM’s Board of Directors leadership, respectively. They will take office for a two-year term on January 1, 2017. Both leaders come from companies at the forefront of the manufacturing sector and have sterling reputations among their peers as executives and as manufacturing advocates. They are tireless champions for manufacturing priorities in Washington, D.C., and are positioned to further bolster the trade association’s already strong advocacy efforts.

Farr has played an integral role in the NAM’s trade issue advocacy efforts as board vice chair for international economic policy. During his tenure, Farr helped shape the NAM’s legislative victories, including passage of Trade Promotion Authority, Miscellaneous Tariff Bill legislation and reauthorization of the U.S. Export-Import Bank. As chair of the NAM Board of Directors, Farr can share this knowledge and influence across all key policy priorities for manufacturers.

“The business community should be ready to approach the policy hurdles we are facing in innovative, effective and principled ways,” said Farr. “I look forward to working with all NAM members in helping to drive this effort. Manufacturers are ready to work with the new administration and Congress to advance priorities that will make manufacturers in the U.S. more competitive and strengthen our economy.”

Seaton has been involved with the NAM Board of Directors, playing an active part in the association’s advocacy efforts on Capitol Hill.

“I’m privileged to help lead the NAM and our manufacturing economy to new heights and to be an advocate, in and outside of Washington, for positive action from our next Congress and our new president to make America an even more attractive place to manufacture, invest and thrive,” said Seaton. Modern manufacturing is driving innovation and transforming our world,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “These leaders represent the breadth, depth and scope of our industry. They embrace change and challenges and understand what it takes to keep the United States competitive and improve our quality of life. I am confident this new board leadership will bring the talent and the tenacity to take the NAM to the next level.”

Timmons expressed his gratitude for the tireless efforts and strong leadership of outgoing NAM Board Chair Gregg Sherrill, chairman and CEO of Tenneco Inc., and NAM Board Vice Chair John Lundgren, chairman of the board of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc.

“We have become stronger with Gregg and John at the helm, and manufacturers appreciate their selfless and effective dedication to our agenda for manufacturing success,” said Timmons.
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