Manufacturing lost an effective leader and one of its strongest advocates last week.  The NAM family was saddened to hear of the loss of Dexter F. Baker, who chaired the NAM Board of Directors in 1992.

Mr. Baker spent his career with Air Products and Chemicals, ultimately rising to serve as chairman and CEO.  As a manufacturer, he was ahead of his time. Mr. Baker saw the incredible possibilities offered by global commerce and helped Air Products expand into markets abroad.  Today, the company has expanded to over 50 countries.

Mr. Baker brought that same acumen to his tenure on the NAM Board of Directors. He helped position the NAM as a powerful voice for the manufacturing community and a leading advocate for pro-growth policies to help manufacturing expand and grow internationally, and create jobs.

We will be forever grateful for Dexter Baker’s leadership not only on behalf of manufacturing but also in his community. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dexter’s wife of 61 years Dottie and his family.

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