Original Press Release
NAM President Says Gary Locke Will Be Strong Commerce Secretary
Press release date: February 25, 2009
WASHINGTON, D.C. February 25, 2009 - National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and Chief Executive Officer John Engler today commended President Barack Obama for nominating former Washington Governor Gary Locke to serve as U.S. Secretary of Commerce, saying Locke's "reputation and focus will serve him well as Secretary of Commerce.
"Gary has an acute awareness of business and excellent experience in areas that are important to manufacturers such as protecting our intellectual property, investing in transportation and infrastructure, and implementing smart tax policies that create jobs," Engler said. "In addition, as Governor of Washington, he raised academic standards in the state's schools, strengthened the state's economy, expanded health care coverage and made the state government more user-friendly.
"In the current climate of economic uncertainty around the world, the job of the Secretary of Commerce is more vital than ever," Engler said. "It is a pivotal position that requires a leader who understands economic forces and knows how to bring people together. Gary is an able leader, and I congratulate the President on his choice."
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 web site at www.nam.org for more information about manufacturing and the economy.