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Union Pacific Railroad’s Kenny Rocker Named to Manufacturers Association Board of Directors

Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Manufacturers announced that Kenny Rocker, executive vice president of marketing and sales at Union Pacific Railroad, has been named to the NAM Board of Directors. Rocker will join the NAM Board to bolster the association’s leadership in policy advocacy, legal action, workforce solutions and operational excellence. He will help the industry advance a manufacturing competitiveness agenda that promotes opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.

Founded in 1895, the NAM, guided by its Board of Directors, is the largest industrial trade association in the United States. The NAM is the nation’s most influential manufacturing advocate, and its membership includes some of the world’s most iconic brands and many of the small manufacturers that power the U.S. economy. Approximately 90% of the NAM’s members are small and medium-sized businesses. Executives on the NAM Board, which comprises leaders representing companies of all sizes in every industrial sector, are the driving force behind the NAM’s efforts.

The NAM is a one-stop shop for manufacturers, telling the story of our industry and equipping manufacturers with invaluable resources through news and insights, thought leadership and partnerships with our digital transformation division, the Manufacturing Leadership Council, our 501(c)3 workforce development and education affiliate, the Manufacturing Institute, and our innovation management division, the Innovation Research Interchange.

The NAM and its members are at the forefront of every important policy debate, focusing on solutions to help the industry compete in the global economy and to help the country address challenges ranging from supply disruptions and inflation to the workforce crisis, immigration, permitting, tax policy and energy security.

“I am honored to join the NAM Board and to support policies that will help ensure our industry’s continued growth and success,” said Rocker. “It’s important that lawmakers understand how policies affect the nearly 13 million people who earn their living in manufacturing. I look forward to sharing my story and the stories of manufacturers that are keeping our promises to invest in communities nationwide, create jobs and improve the quality of life for all Americans.”

“Kenny is committed to the success of our industry, and the NAM will be stronger thanks to his service on our Board of Directors,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Kenny will be a partner in the NAM’s efforts to advance a competitiveness agenda that amplifies manufacturers’ efforts to create well-paying jobs, grow our economy and improve the quality of life. In this consequential year and beyond, we will work with policymakers to push back against the regulatory onslaught, build on the 2017 tax reforms, secure additional reforms to our outdated permitting system, strengthen the manufacturing workforce and expand opportunities to sell our products around the world. I look forward to working together as advocates for manufacturing in the U.S. and to advance the values that have made America exceptional and our industry strong—free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity.”

-Union Pacific Railroad-

Union Pacific (NYSE: UNP) delivers the goods families and businesses use every day with safe, reliable and efficient service. Operating in 23 western states, the company connects its customers and communities to the global economy. Trains are the most environmentally responsible way to move freight, helping Union Pacific protect future generations. More information about Union Pacific is 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 nearly 13 million men and women, contributes $2.85 trillion to the U.S. economy annually and accounts for 53% 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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