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December 23, 2008 - In response to President-elect Obama's announcement that he has nominated former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to serve as U.S. Trade Representative, NAM President, John Engler stated that Kirk understands value of free trade agreements and will be advocate for U.S. competitiveness. NAM welcomes nomination and looks forward to working with Kirk as he spearheads campaign to pass pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama, and South Korea.

NAM Welcomes Nomination of Ron Kirk to Serve as U.S. Trade Representative

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National Association Of Manufacturers (NAM)
1331 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC, 20004

Press release date: December 19, 2008

NAM COMMENDS PRESIDENT-ELECT OBAMA ON NOMINATION OF RON KIRK AS U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE Engler Says Kirk Understands Value of Free Trade Agreements and Will Be An Advocate for U.S. Competitiveness

WASHINGTON, D.C., December 19, 2008 --John Engler, President and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) issued the following statement in response to President-elect Obama's announcement that he has nominated former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk to serve as U.S. Trade Representative:

Ron Kirk is an inspired choice to serve as U.S. Trade Representative in the Obama Administration. Texas is our largest exporting state, and Ron Kirk has seen first hand how important free trade agreements, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), are to our economy. Day in and day out, as Mayor of Dallas, one of America's largest exporting cities, Kirk witnessed the dynamic impact of NAFTA on local communities as new businesses and jobs were created. The business leaders of Texas hold Ron Kirk in high regard as a leader who gets things done. Knowing he has a close relationship with the President-elect sends a message that our national commitment to international commerce remains strong.

We welcome this nomination and look forward to working with Kirk as he spearheads the campaign to pass the pending free trade agreements with Colombia, Panama and South Korea.

The National Association of Manufacturers is the nation's largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the NAM has 11 additional offices across the country. Visit the NAM's award-winning web site at for more information about manufacturing and the economy.

HANK COX (202) 637-3090
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