I’m Jay Timmons, the new President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). I may spend most of my time in Washington, D.C., but my principles and motivation are driven by being part of a family with manufacturing roots in Chillicothe, Ohio.
My grandfather had a strong commitment to his community and country that came from being a manufacturing employee who helped innovate and make things that contributed to everyday life. These values are with me today as we all fight to help U.S. manufacturers retain their edge in a highly competitive global marketplace.
Here at the Manufacturers, our responsibility is to be the voice of the more than 12 million Americans employed directly in manufacturing. Today, the United States enjoys the distinction of being the world’s largest manufacturing economy, and U.S. manufacturers perform half of all research and development activities in our nation, driving more innovation than any other economic sector.
But manufacturers face significant challenges because our competitors around the world are working hard to take our leadership position away from us. Elected leaders on both sides of the political aisle agree — “Manufacturing Means Jobs” — and we’ve developed a detailed plan called “Manufacturing Strategy For Jobs and a Competitive America”. It’s a blueprint that will promote sustained economic growth and job creation – right here – in the United States.
I strongly believe this is the right strategy to take our nation forward and enable us to maintain our competitive edge against our competitors. I invite you to share this agenda with manufacturers on the frontlines and those living in communities that rely on manufacturing for their economic vitality. Our Strategy focuses on important issues that have a dramatic impact on manufacturing, such as government oversight and regulation, taxes, trade and energy policy among others.
Manufacturing not only means jobs –- it means opportunity, innovation, security and economic growth. So, join us in this effort to preserve and build on the greatness that people like my grandfather and those in manufacturing today have built for our nation.
I am excited to lead this association and I look forward to working with our dynamic companies to make the United States the best place in the world to be a manufacturer and to be a manufacturing employee.