Press Releases

Press Releases

Timmons: America Is Stronger Thanks to MacKie’s Leadership

Washington, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons released this statement on the retirement of American Bakers Association’s longtime President and CEO Robb MacKie.

“Manufacturing in America today is stronger thanks to the exemplary leadership of Robb MacKie. For nearly two decades, I’ve known Robb as a true friend and a source of wise counsel. Through the years, I’ve learned from him and regularly drawn inspiration from his passion for manufacturing. He chaired the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations during an incredibly consequential time—as our industry navigated and responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, social unrest and threats to our democracy. He poured his heart and energy into our cause, just as he always has at the ABA, and he has strengthened the association community with his years of leadership and advocacy for the industry. Throughout his association career, Robb has demonstrated an unshakeable dedication to the principles that have made America exceptional—free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity—and has always worked to uphold those values through his tenure at ABA and his service on the CMA.

“The business association community will sorely miss working closely with Robb. We’re losing an important voice as he steps down. The NAM and his many friends and colleagues in the CMA are fortunate to have benefitted from his vision, support and leadership, and it is with a sense of deep gratitude that we wish him and his family nothing but the best.”


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 12.7 million men and women, contributes $2.71 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 58% 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

Contact us with questions or requests

[email protected]

View More