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Timmons Appointed to American Workforce Policy Advisory Board

Washington, D.C. – Following his appointment by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons said:

Across America, manufacturers are in urgent need of more workers. Today, we have nearly half a million job openings. By 2028, we will need to fill 4.6 million jobs. Manufacturers strongly support the administration’s efforts to address the workforce crisis, and I’m proud to represent our industry on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board, said Timmons, who also serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors for The Manufacturing Institute, the workforce and education partner of the NAM. These efforts are a perfect complement to the work already underway at The Manufacturing Institute to inspire and train a new generation of manufacturing workers.

Last year was the best year for manufacturing job creation in more than two decades. With the combined efforts of manufacturers, educators, local officials and the Trump administration, we can build on that growth, and I am confident we can equip more Americans with the skills needed to secure meaningful, high-paying modern manufacturing jobs.


The American Workforce Policy Advisory Board was established by the Department of Commerce pursuant to Executive Order 13845, Establishing the President’s National Council for the American Worker. The Board will provide advice and recommendations on ways to encourage the private sector and educational institutions to combat the skills crisis by investing in and increasing demand-driven education, training and re-training, including training through apprenticeships and work-based learning opportunities.

Timmons was nominated to serve on the American Workforce Policy Advisory Board in September by Carolyn Lee, executive director of The Manufacturing Institute. According to a landmark 2018 study conducted by The Manufacturing Institute and Deloitte, 2.4 million manufacturing jobs are expected to go unfilled over the next decade.


The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) 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 million men and women, contributes $2.25 trillion to the U.S. economy annually, has the largest economic impact of any major sector and accounts for more than three-quarters 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 Shopfloor, Twitter and Facebook, please visit

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