Two Huntsville business leaders have been named to the newly created Manufacturing Advocacy Council (MAC), established through the Business Council of Alabama to promote and enhance a positive business climate for Alabama’s manufacturers. Ronald Boles, of General and Automotive Machine Shop, will serve as co-chairman of the council. Ken Tucker of The Boeing Company will also serve as a member of the council.
“Manufacturers are a critical segment of our economy, and the Manufacturing Advocacy Council is yet another way the BCA is working to support the companies that are making jobs and world-class products here in Alabama,” said BCA President and CEO William J. Canary.
Boles is the owner of General and Automotive Machine Shop and serves on the BCA board of directors and as chairman of BCA’s regional advisory committee which represents five counties in north Alabama. He also serves as a member of the Alabama Workforce Investment Board and as a board member for the National Association of Manufacturers. He is also a member of the State Department of Education’s Career Technical Education Commission and in 2002 served as chairman of the Huntsville-Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
Tucker currently serves as director of state and local government affairs for the southeast region of The Boeing Company, a position he has held since 1989. He is also a member of the BCA board of directors and serves on BCA’s regional advisory committee.
The BCA, with more than 1,300 manufacturing members and Alabama’s affiliate for the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), launched the Manufacturing Advocacy Council earlier this year and the first meeting was held on July 29 in Point Clear. MAC is comprised of a cross-section of Alabama’s manufacturing community, manufacturers who are members of BCA, its board of directors and members of its regional advisory committees.
One of the council’s first initiatives will be working with NAM’s Manufacturing Institute to build in Alabama a coalition of business, education, workforce and economic development leaders to develop a nationally credentialed high-quality manufacturing workforce.
“The National Association of Manufacturers is leading the charge for a vibrant manufacturing sector in all 50 states,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “I am so proud of our strong, exclusive partnership with BCA and our combined efforts to develop public policies that support Alabama manufacturers. Together we can ensure their continued competitiveness at home and abroad.”