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Ketchie’s Courtney Silver Chosen to Lead NAM’s Small and Medium Manufacturers Group

Click Bond’s Karl Hutter to Serve as Vice Chair

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers today announced that Ketchie Inc. President and Owner Courtney Silver will serve as chair of the NAM’s Small and Medium Manufacturers Group and Click Bond President and CEO Karl Hutter will be vice chair. Silver and Hutter will work under the continued board leadership of NAM Board Chair and Dow Inc. Chairman and CEO Jim Fitterling and NAM Board Vice Chair and Johnson & Johnson Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Operations and Risk Officer Kathy Wengel.

“Small and medium-sized manufacturers are at the heart of our economy and represent 90% of the NAM’s membership. Our country’s success is tied directly to their success, and with Courtney and Karl as leading manufacturing voices, we are well-positioned for 2023,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “No matter what challenges we face, our association and industry remain steadfastly committed to policies that uphold the values that have made America exceptional and keep manufacturing strong: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity.”

“It is a privilege to serve our industry as chair of the SMM Group at the NAM. With so many critical policy issues facing members this year, we will continue to lead the charge in Washington and across the country,” said Silver. “We’re all dealing with pressures from regulatory overreach, tax code uncertainty, the workforce crisis and more. I look forward to working with the team at the NAM to advance policies that support innovation and growth and enhance our competitiveness—and to collaborating with other small and medium-sized manufacturers, including family-owned businesses like mine, to fix these make-or-break policies central to our survival.”

“I am honored to be chosen to lead the SMM Group at the NAM as vice chair,” said Hutter. “From educating elected leaders on the policies needed to empower the nearly 13 million people employed in manufacturing, to helping companies tap into the NAM’s wealth of operational resources, I look forward to working closely alongside the NAM’s leadership to support small and medium-sized manufacturers in growing their companies and our economy.”

The NAM Board of Directors guides the association’s leadership in policy advocacy, legal action, operational excellence, workforce development and news and insights. More than 200 manufacturing leaders serve on the NAM Board, helping the industry advance an agenda that promotes growth and prosperity for all Americans.

The new board leadership was elected at the September meeting of the NAM Board of Directors.

Silver previously served as vice chair of the NAM’s SMM Group. As president and owner of Ketchie, she leads a woman-owned, third-generation North Carolina manufacturer. She has worked at Ketchie for more than 14 years. She is a past recipient of the Manufacturing Institute’s STEP Ahead Award (now the Women MAKE Award), which recognizes manufacturing women who exemplify leadership within their companies as well as their communities.


The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing employs more than 12.9 million men and women, contributes $2.77 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 55% of private-sector research and development. The NAM is the powerful voice of the manufacturing community and the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. For more information about the NAM or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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