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NAM’s Timmons to Deliver 2020 State of Manufacturing Address at Iowa Manufacturer

Washington, D.C. – Marking the 125th anniversary—to the day—of the National Association of Manufacturers’ founding, President and CEO Jay Timmons will travel to Pella, Iowa, to deliver his “State of Manufacturing Address” at Vermeer Corporation, an industrial and agricultural equipment manufacturer, on Wednesday, Jan. 22. In his remarks, Timmons will highlight the diversity of modern manufacturing job opportunities and how the industry is working to fill more than 4.6 million jobs over the next decade and address the workforce crisis through the NAM’s unprecedented Creators Wanted campaign. This event also serves as the launch for “Competing to Win,” the NAM’s 2020 policy agenda for candidates and elected officials.

Timmons will be joined by Vermeer Corporation employees and business and community leaders to discuss the rewarding and diverse opportunities in manufacturing as well as the state of the industry and the issues that matter this election season.

“This is a pivotal year for manufacturers, as we celebrate our history and build our future,” said Timmons. “Manufacturers consistently say their top concern is educating Americans on the opportunities in our industry and finding workers for the half-million unfilled jobs open today and the 4.6 million that will be open over the coming decade. As with the challenges we’ve faced throughout history, manufacturers are ready to be the solution.”

WHO: NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons

WHAT: NAM’s 2020 State of Manufacturing Address

WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 10:00 a.m. CST

WHERE: Vermeer Corporation Global Pavilion, 1210 E. Vermeer Rd., Pella, IA 50219

WATCH: A livestream will be available at


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 12.8 million men and women, contributes $2.38 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and has the largest economic multiplier of any major sector and accounts for 62.5% 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 Manufacturers or to follow us on Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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