NAM President and CEO to Address BCA’s MOTY Next Month

National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons will be the keynote speaker at the Business Council of Alabama and Alabama Technology Network’s Manufacturer of the Year Awards luncheon on Feb. 19 in Montgomery.

Timmons will deliver his 2015 State of Manufacturing address, NAM confirmed today. The MOTY event sponsored by the BCA and the ATN will be held in the Alabama Activity Center.

MOTY is an annual BCA and ATN event that recognizes outstanding manufacturers in small, medium, and large categories.

Timmons is embarking on NAM’s 2015 State of Manufacturing Tour, a series of speeches and events highlighting the importance of manufacturing to the nation’s future, NAM said.

The tour will include speeches by Timmons at Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana, the Economics Club of Minnesota in Minneapolis, the Detroit Economic Club in Detroit, the City Club of Cleveland, Ohio, Washington State legislative committees in Olympia, Wash., the Association of Washington Business in partnership with Greater Spokane Inc., at Spokane (Wash.)  Valley Tech High School, Ball Corp. in Denver, and the Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy, Center for Energy Studies, in Houston.

The speeches will highlight America’s energy boom, groundbreaking innovation, world-leading productivity, and manufacturing across the country.  Timmons will showcase exciting advances in U.S. manufacturing, discuss current policy challenges, and lay out the manufacturing strategy for leadership, NAM said.

“Fueled by groundbreaking innovation and world-leading productivity, manufacturers are powering an economic revival in America,” NAM said. “A new generation economy is underway. America needs to know our story. America needs to embrace our vision. America needs us to make our nation’s future.”

As Timmons remarked when he visited with BCA members in Alabama a couple of years ago, “Alabama manufacturers are fortunate to have a strong advocate—and the National Association of Manufacturers a strong ally—in the Business Council of Alabama. The BCA leadership and staff are doing an excellent job leading the charge for manufacturing in Alabama.

“Effective advocacy on behalf of manufacturing requires leadership at both the federal and state levels, and the NAM and the BCA have a strong partnership.”

The BCA is the exclusive representative in Alabama of the National Association of Manufacturers and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.