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Timmons to Deliver 2019 State of Manufacturing Address in Texas

WASHINGTON, D.C. – National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons will travel to Houston, Texas, to deliver the annual NAM State of Manufacturing Address at Lone Star College on Wednesday, February 20. Timmons will be joined by Lone Star students, veterans, Texas business leaders and local manufacturers as he discusses the rewarding and diverse opportunities in manufacturing and underscores the urgent need to inspire more Americans to join the manufacturing workforce.

Manufacturing has always been the source of America’s strength—and today, we’re building the future. We’re rising to the occasion to solve real-world problems. We’re leading in technological advances, such as artificial intelligence, robotics and augmented reality, that, contrary to the naysayers, will be a net positive for job creation, will boost wages and will help us lift everyone up and leave no one behind. This tour will show us exactly how that’s happening and share this message with more Americans. We’re at the next frontier of manufacturing in the United States, and we should not fear the future, said Timmons.

Manufacturing employs more than 12.8 million Americans, including 869,600 Texans. The tour will spotlight the next frontier in modern manufacturing—how cutting-edge technologies and our traditional strong work ethic are helping manufacturers solve tomorrow’s challenges today. In addition, the tour will highlight the diverse manufacturing job opportunities and how the industry is working to fill more than 4.6 million jobs over the next decade.


WHAT:                        NAM State of Manufacturing Address                  


WHEN:                       Wednesday, February 20 // Texas


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CST

Lone Star College – North Harris Campus

Student Services Building, Conference Center

2700 W.W. Thorne Drive

Houston, TX 77073

Use Parking Lot K


Immediately after the address, Timmons will join Lone Star College students and faculty for a tour of manufacturing labs and a reception.

The 2019 tour follows the best year in more than two decades for manufacturing job creation. Manufacturers, empowered by tax reform and regulatory certainty, are reporting record levels of optimism, with an average of 92.4 percent having a positive outlook for their company’s future in 2018, according to the latest NAM Manufacturers’ Outlook Survey. In addition to Texas, the tour will visit Colorado, Ohio, Iowa, North Carolina, Minnesota, California and Arizona.

MEDIA RSVP: Members of the media interested in covering the tour or attending an event should contact [email protected]. To learn more about the NAM State of Manufacturing Tour 2019, click here.



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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