December 21, 2015
2015 Year in Review

Washington State, AWB Host NAM 'State of Manufacturing' Tour

Proclaiming “I’m so glad to be in a Washington that works,” National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) President and CEO Jay Timmons spent two days in the Evergreen State last February as part of his 2015 State of Manufacturing national tour. It was the only West Coast stop on the tour.

Timmons began on Monday in Olympia. He and AWB leaders met with Democratic U.S. Rep. Denny Heck, top legislative leaders, then testified before the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee.

Timmons and AWB President Kris Johnson then traveled across the state to Spokane for tours of Spokane Community College and Spokane Valley Tech, as well as AWB member Wagstaff, Inc.

Timmons delivered his State of Manufacturing speech at Spokane Valley Tech, saying American manufacturing is as resilient and robust as ever, although there are policy issues that need resolution to increase America’s competitiveness.

He also stressed a need for more emphasis on STEM – science, technology, engineering and math – education and workforce development to fill the jobs in the growing high-tech manufacturing fields, such as the carbon fiber industry in Washington state.

Small and medium-sized manufacturers also need access to capital, particularly through the Export-Import Bank at the federal level.

AWB is the official manufacturing association in the state as designated by NAM.

Olympia Business Watch covered the two days of manufacturing events. TVW and AWB have video of the joint AWB/NAM testimony at the Senate Commerce & Labor Committee. A Storify roundup of social media posts from throughout the two-day visit is also available.

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