The Manufacturing Advocacy Council: Your Voice for Manufacturing

The Business Council of Alabama, the state's exclusive affiliate to the National Association of Manufacturers, established the Manufacturing Advocacy Council, a select group of members with experience, skill and innate understanding of the manufacturing process to help promote and enhance a positive business climate for Alabama manufacturers.

The Manufacturing Advocacy Council is a cross-section of Alabama's manufacturing community, manufacturers who are members of BCA, BCA's Board of Directors and BCA's regional advisory committees.

The Manufacturing Advocacy Council serves as a national model for the National Association of Manufacturers and reinforces the strong, exclusive partnership of BCA with the NAM to strengthen our message of supporting manufacturing and the need to compete in the global marketplace.


Manufacturing powers our state and our nation: Guest opinion by William J. Canary

The Business Council of Alabama’s op-ed by BCA President and CEO William J. Canary and National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons celebrated the state’s significant manufacturing base. Timmons was the guest speaker at the BCA’s Manufacturer of the Year Awards event on March 19 in Montgomery.

NAM-Endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System

One of the council's first initiatives is working with the NAM's Manufacturing Institute to build in Alabama a coalition of business, education, work force and economic development leaders to develop a nationally credentialed high-quality manufacturing work force.

With nearly 25 percent of our members in the manufacturing sector, BCA is proud to be at the forefront of this groundbreaking new effort. We continue to advocate for a Business Education Alliance that will unite the business and education communities for the simple purpose of putting our students first. This new partnership with the Manufacturing Institute through the Manufacturing Advocacy Council is yet another component of that alliance. Click here, to learn more about the NAM-endorsed Manufacturing Skills Certification System.

Co-chairs of the BCA's Manufacturing Advocacy Council are Ronnie Boles, president of General & Automotive Machine Shop, Huntsville, and Doug Mannion, vice president of Rheem Water Heating, Montgomery.

Southern Governor’s Association releases regional manufacturing cooperation report

The 18-member Southern Governors’ Association during its 2013 annual meeting in Louisville, Ky., released a 54-page report on the benefits of regional manufacturing cooperation. Business Council of Alabama Manufacturing Advocacy Council Co-Chairman Ronnie Boles attended the SGA annual meeting.

Boles, members of regional manufacturing councils, and state commerce secretaries discussed regional interest in manufacturing support. He is a board member for the National Association of Manufacturers and a member of the Alabama Workforce Investment Board. Boles owns General and Automotive Machine Shop in Huntsville and is a member of the BCA Board of Directors.

Advanced Manufacturing in the American South: An Economic Analysis Supporting Regional Development by Manufacturers Alliance for Productivity and Innovation can be found here.

For more information, contact Nancy Hewston,