NAM Board Chair Speaks on Manufacturing Renaissance

By January 12, 2012General

NAM Board Chair Mary Andringa addresses the Detroit Economic Club (Jeff Kowalsky, Detroit Economic Club)

NAM Board Chair (and President and CEO of Vermeer Corporation) Mary Andringa addressed the Detroit Economic Club today.

Andringa discussed her experiences leading Vermeer, a family-owned business with more than 2,500 employees around the world, and offered insight on what can bring about a manufacturing renaissance in the United States.

The Detroit News reports,

“We will not be a healthy country if we don’t have good manufacturing jobs,” Mary Andringa told the club during a luncheon at the Detroit Marriott Renaissance Center. Andringa also ran through a familiar list of manufacturing lobbying points, including a call for lower corporate taxes and the need for a more highly trained, skilled workforce to serve manufacturing companies. She also touted recent free trade agreements and called for the elimination of foreign tariffs and other barriers to sales by U.S. manufacturers abroad.

In her remarks, she highlighted the four goals of the NAM’s Manufacturing Renaissance:

  • The United States will be the best place in the world to manufacture and to attract foreign direct investment.
  • The United States will expand access to global markets to enable manufacturers to reach the 95 percent of consumers who live outside our borders.
  • Manufacturers in the United States will have the workforce that the 21st century economy requires.
  • Manufacturers in the United States will be the world’s leading innovators.


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