National manufacturing association to kick off U.S. tour at Purdue

January 28, 2015  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The nation’s resurgence in manufacturing will be the discussion topic when the National Association of Manufacturers visits Purdue University on Tuesday (Feb. 3) to kick off its national tour.

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons in his address will highlight the continued manufacturing comeback in the United States and the challenges and burdens facing manufacturers of all sizes. He will then lead a panel featuring area business leaders in a discussion of real-world solutions to these challenges and the importance of building the next generation of manufacturing leaders.

The event at Purdue, which is free and open to the public, is scheduled for 2-3:15 p.m. in Fowler Hall. It will kick of NAM’s 2015 State of Manufacturing Tour, a series of speeches and events across the United States in February to highlight manufacturing’s importance to the nation’s future.

A live stream of the event will be available online at captioning will be available at:

“Manufacturing is as resilient and robust as ever,” Timmons said. “That’s a tribute to the hardworking men and women in Indiana and across the country who produce the goods and generate the ideas that power our economy. I look forward to visiting with President Daniels and students at Purdue to talk about the ways we can build upon these successes and continue to fuel the manufacturing resurgence. As one of the most dynamic manufacturing economies in the country, I cannot think of a better place than Indiana to kick off the 2015 State of Manufacturing Tour.”

Timmons will follow his address by moderating a panel discussion. Panelists include:

* Dick Giromini, president and CEO of Wabash National Corp., Lafayette, Indiana, and Indiana Manufacturers Association chair.

* Stewart McMillan, CEO of Task Force Tips Inc.; Valparaiso, Indiana.

* Tom Easterday, executive vice president, secretary and chief legal officer for Subaru Indiana Automotive Ind., Lafayette, Indiana.

“With the great research our students and faculty do in discovery and delivery for the manufacturing sector, it’s only natural that NAM has chosen to open its 2015 tour on Purdue’s campus,” said Purdue President Mitch Daniels, who will give opening remarks at the event.

About NAM

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs nearly 12 million men and women, contributes more than $1.8 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for two-thirds of private-sector research and development. The 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 the United States. 

About Purdue

Purdue University, a top public research institution, strives to offer higher education at its highest proven value. Committed to affordability, the university has frozen tuition and most fees at 2012-13 levels. Committed to student success, Purdue is changing the way classes are taught with greater focus on faculty-student interaction and creative use of technology. Committed to world-changing research, Purdue has smoothed the pathways for faculty and student innovators who seek to make a global impact. 

Media Contacts:

Jim Bush, Purdue University, 765-494-2077,

Jamie Hennigan, National Association of Manufacturers, 202-637-3090, 

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