Original Press Release
Manufacturing Takes Center Stage in Presidential Campaign as Republican Candidates Gather at NAM Forum
Press release date: October 19, 2011
Candidates Meet in Iowa to Discuss Issues Critical to Manufacturing and Job Creation
Washington, D.C.-The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and its Board Chair Mary Andringa will host a forum for the Republican presidential candidates on November 1, 2011, at the Vermeer Corporation headquarters in Pella, Iowa. To date, the candidates participating in the forum, moderated by Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad and PBS Nightly Business Report Co-Anchor and Managing Editor Tom Hudson, are Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN), former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA), Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-TX) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). The forum will begin at 10:00 a.m. CDT and end at 11:30 a.m. CDT.
"Manufacturing will continue to play a critical role in our economic recovery, and every candidate for this office recognizes the importance of job creation, so they need to hear directly from manufacturers," said Vermeer Corporation President and CEO Mary Andringa, who also serves as chair of the NAM Board. "The issues important to manufacturers and their employees in Iowa and throughout the nation will play a central role in the 2012 presidential election. We are thrilled that these candidates seeking our nation's highest office are joining us for a discussion on the challenges manufacturers face each day."
"The policies coming from Washington impact manufacturers on a daily basis and underscore our need for pro-growth policies to boost our economy and create jobs," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. "We are very pleased that Rep. Bachmann, former Speaker Gingrich, Rep. Paul, Gov. Perry and former Sen. Santorum will be joining manufacturers at the forum to discuss the issues that impact their businesses and how to move forward to a stronger, more vibrant future."
Iowa Public Television will broadcast the forum, making it available for national broadcast and online streaming.
The NAM has laid out a comprehensive blueprint to keep manufacturing in the United States competitive, entitled A Manufacturing Renaissance: Four Goals for Economic Growth. The policies laid out in this new roadmap will be the basis for the discussion at the forum.