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Timmons delivers NAM State of Manufacturing speech

Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. CST, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered his annual State of Manufacturing address at Vermeer Corporation in Iowa. The date is especially significant, as it is the NAM’s 125th anniversary.


The speech started with a history of the formation and launch of the NAM in 1895.


“For 125 years, your NAM has led the business community and fought for all who make things in America. And all of you in this room, and the 13 million men and women in our industry, some of whom are watching today, are part of the storied history of building an exceptional nation. And Vermeer, this very company, embodies the story of manufacturers’ progress,” he said.


Timmons summarized NAM’s nonpartisan policy approach as well as the organization's reasonable, attainable, unifying plan for America’s future, ‘Competing to Win.’” More details about the plan are available here.


Timmons gave a preview of this year’s "Creators Wanted" campaign. The mobile tour will launch in spring and engage more than 250,000 Americans with hands-on experiences that demonstrate the high-tech opportunities in modern manufacturing. The year’s activities will conclude with the Making America Festival in September in Cincinnati.


“In this pivotal year, the NAM and The Manufacturing Institute, our workforce and education partner, are setting out on an unprecedented campaign to inspire a new generation—and tell the real story of our industry. . . . Our historic effort, called 'Creators Wanted,' is a capital campaign that will support the programs of the Manufacturing Institute—including the STEP Women’s Initiative, youth engagement and Heroes MAKE America, which trains our returning servicemembers for high-paying manufacturing jobs.”


Finally, Timmons outlined the NAM’s positions on energy, health care and other policy issues.


WATCH THE FULL SPEECH HERE


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

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