Two Montgomery 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. Doug Mannion of Rheem Water Heating and Mac McBride of STERIS Corporation will serve as members 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.
Mannion is currently the vice president of finance for Rheem Water Heating and serves on the board of directors for BCA. Rheem is a worldwide leader in heating, cooling and water heating products.
McBride is the director of operations at STERIS Corporation’s Montgomery facility. STERIS is a global leader in infection prevention, contamination control, surgical and critical care technologies.
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.”