On Friday the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) announced new appointments to the Bank’s Advisory Committee for 2013 and NAM Board Chair and Vermeer Corporation CEO Mary Andringa has been appointed to the Committee.

According to the Ex-Im Bank the Committee advises the Bank on its policies and programs and in particular how those programs help U.S. exporters compete. 

“I am pleased to announce our 2013 Advisory committee members,” said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg.“Our members represent various regions of our nation and all are committed to helping Ex-Im Bank achieve its mission of creating and sustaining U.S. jobs through exports. Our Committee is responsible for offering fresh ideas, perspectives and insights, and I look forward to working with each of our new members.”

As a manufacturer heavily engaged in exporting all over the globe, Mary is well suited to lend her advice and ideas on how to improve the Bank so it can help exporters remain competitive and increase exporters to create jobs. We greatly appreciate Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred Hochberg appointing a great manufacturing leader to the Committee.

The Ex-Im Bank plays a critical role in helping manufacturers in the U.S. export goods to new markets throughout the world. Companies of all sizes benefit from the programs offered by the Bank to help them grow exports, particularly small and medium-sized businesses. The Bank supports approximately 255, 000 American jobs and $50 billion in U.S. export sales.

Joining Mary on the Committee is fellow manufacturer Nancy Mercolino, president and owner of Ceilings Plus and the 2012 Ex-Im Bank Small Business Exporter of the Year Award. Since Ex-Im is such an important tool for manufacturers it is welcome news that the manufacturing voice will be heard on the Advisory Committee in 2013.

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