According to its website, NAM was founded in 1895 and is the largest industrial trade association in United States, with over 14,000 members, from small businesses to global leaders, across all industry sectors. NAM is the nation’s most influential manufacturing advocate, telling the story of the manufacturing industry and equipping manufacturers with resources through its education and information channels and partnerships with the Manufacturing Leadership Council, the Manufacturing Institute (MI) and the Innovation Research Interchange.
“I am honored to join NAM’s Board of Directors and represent Southwire as we strive to contribute to the continued growth and success of all manufacturers,” said Stinson. “Our business has a clear growth strategy and a commitment to remain sustainable for the next 100 years and beyond. As our world becomes even more connected and electrification plays an even bigger role, I look forward to working alongside my industry peers to promote opportunity and prosperity and ultimately further strengthen the future of manufacturing.”
The leaders of NAM’s Board of Directors, which includes executives representing companies of all sizes in all industry sectors, are the driving force behind NAM’s efforts. As a board member, Stinson will strengthen NAM’s leadership in policy advocacy, workforce solutions, legal action, operational excellence, news and information .
Board members play a key role in NAM and IMs “Creators Wanted” campaign, a member-led initiative to inspire, educate and empower more Americans to pursue careers in modern manufacturing and change perceptions about careers in the industry. The campaign, which supports MI programs for students, women, veterans and other underrepresented communities and offers a one-of-a-kind mobile experience and tour, aims to close the skills gap by 600,000 workers by 2025 and to increase the number of students enrolling in technical schools, vocational schools and apprenticeships by 25%, as well as the number of parents who would encourage their children to pursue careers in industry modern at 50% versus 27%.
“Manufacturers are the engine of our economic recovery, and NAM’s mission is to ensure that we continue to move forward. Rich Stinson is a recognized leader in our industry, and NAM will be stronger through his service on our board of directors.” mentioned Jay Timmons, President and CEO of NAM. “Rich will provide invaluable insights as we stand up for the men and women of our industry and advance the values that have made America great and our industry strong – free enterprise, competitiveness, individual freedom and equal opportunity.”
A leader in technology and innovation, Southwire Company, LLC is one of North America largest producers of wires and cables. Southwire and its subsidiaries manufacture construction wire and cable, metal-clad cable, portable and electronic cord products, utility cable products, OEM wire products, and engineered products. Additionally, Southwire provides assembled products, contractor equipment and hand tools. To learn more about Southwire’s products, community involvement and vision for sustainability, visit www.southwiresustainability.com.
The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in United States, representing small and large manufacturers in all industry sectors and in all 50 states. The manufacturing industry employs more than 12.5 million men and women, contributes $20.57 trillion to the US economy each year and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 58% of private sector research and development. NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across United States. For more information about NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit www.nam.org.
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