Jay Timmons, President and CEO of The National Association of Manufacturers Delivers Opening Remarks From University of South Florida
January 28, 2016
Good evening. It’s great to be here in the Sunshine State in January.
It is a privilege to speak to educators and others working so hard to develop the talent this country relies on…and especially to address the students in this room who will soon be leading the U.S. economy forward. It’s good to see so many from the Muma College of Business and the College of Engineering.
I want to thank Dr. Stiling and the University of South Florida for hosting us. And I also want to thank Tom Feeney of Associated Industries of Florida for his partnership and tireless work on our tour…as well as Chris Hart of CareerSource Florida and Doug Bailey of Anheuser-Busch for being part of this important conversation. I’m here today to share with you the State of Manufacturing in the United States. Now, why manufacturing? It’s simple really. It’s because the strength of manufacturing in America is responsible for the success of America in the world. That is an indisputable fact. When manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds. That may sound counterintuitive to some, and it belies the picture some would like to paint: that manufacturing means things of the past—old, gritty factories, simple tools and rudimentary machines. If that’s the image the word “manufacturing” conjures in your mind, then come with me, ladies and gentlemen. It’s time to introduce you to modern manufacturing.
Today’s manufacturing is vastly different from yesterday’s. The National Association of Manufacturers has more than 14,000 member companies—from world-recognized brands to family-owned small businesses, and we are the voice of more than 12 million working men and women, their families and the communities they build. Just a quick look at some of our members’ work will show you: modern manufacturing touches every aspect of our lives. Innovative manufacturing is everywhere, across America and here in Florida. From Ryder System’s strides in alternative fuel solutions and energy efficiency……to the sustainable infrastructure developed by CSX. From Rayonier Advanced Materials’ development of high-value ethers that enable the development of slow-release medications……to Amgen or Bayer’s research and production of cancer-fighting and life-improving drugs.
We’re talking about everything from the precision metal-formed parts produced by Hialeah Metal Spinning……to the vast, new world of the Internet of Things, where everyday objects are now digitally interconnected by the web. First it was our phones. Then it was our thermostats, our watches, our cars. Soon it will be everything from our contact lenses to our entire homes…from smart wallboard, to autonomous automobiles, to transcontinental pipelines. Companies like Jabil are making the “digital home” a reality. And thanks to companies like Honeywell, for example, you can control your home security and energy management with the touch of a button from around the world.
That’s the Internet of Things…and that’s modern manufacturing.
By the year 2020, 26 billion objects will be linked together by the Internet. Manufacturing is truly changing everything…and all these things are changing America and changing our lives. That’s why, today, manufacturing in the United States is leading an innovation revolution—a revolution that will win us jobs and restore our mantle of leadership around the world.