The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and its members were all-in during Infrastructure Week this week in Washington, D.C. NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons kicked off the week by underscoring the ways in which infrastructure investment can be an engine for U.S. growth and doubled down on investment.
Manitowoc Company President and CEO Barry Pennypacker participated in a roundtable discussion with members of Congress and the executive branch on highways and bridges. Pennypacker reinforced the importance of infrastructure spending during a ShopTalk with NAM Senior Vice President of Communications Erin Streeter as well as a ShopFloor blog.
Ingersoll-Rand Chairman and CEO Michael Lamach took to the airwaves on CNBC for an interview on “Power Lunch” to say America is in an infrastructure crisis, and Marlin Steel Wire Products President and Owner and NAM Small and Medium Manufacturers Group Chair Drew Greenblatt told Fox Business’ “Varney & Co. ” that American manufacturing needs to lead the way for infrastructure.
NAM staff were touting the importance of infrastructure investment from all over the United States. NAM Vice President of Infrastructure, Innovation and Human Resources Policy Robyn Boerstling spoke at an event in Indiana about updating the nation’s ports, and NAM Vice President of Energy and Resources Policy Ross Eisenberg reminded us not to overlook the need for investment in energy infrastructure in a ShopFloor blog.
Fluor Corporation Chairman and CEO and NAM Board Vice Chair David Seaton rounded out Investment Week activities with a ShopFloor blog on utilizing public–private partnerships to finance infrastructure projects.
Over on Capitol Hill, Emerson Chairman and CEO and NAM Boar Chair David Farr kicked off the year’s first hearing on tax reform. He testified on behalf of the NAM and told the House Ways and Means Committee that changes to the tax code must be permanent.
And Snap-on Incorporated Chairman and CEO Nick Pinchuk was on Fox Business with Charles Payne to talk about the skills gap facing the manufacturing industry. Snap-on was one of the first companies President Donald Trump visited after Inauguration Day to talk jobs and manufacturing.
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