NAM Spotlights Modern Manufacturing in California During 2018 State of Manufacturing Tour

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) today traveled to San Jose to highlight California’s manufacturing industry and the bright future ahead as part of the fourth annual NAM State of Manufacturing Tour. During the visit, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons joined manufacturers, students, parents, employees and business and community leaders to discuss manufacturing’s confident future, the rewarding opportunities the industry offers and the urgent need to build a modern manufacturing workforce across the country.

“Innovation is changing the way our industry looks. But it doesn’t change what’s at our core: men and women who have lent their talents to build something bigger than themselves, people finding purpose in making things that matter,” said Timmons. “Manufacturing in America is a confident industry. We’re growing—and the American people want to see manufacturing in this country grow even stronger.”

“California is a hub for innovation and technology, and it’s driving modern manufacturing. The research and development happening in the Golden State is paving the way for our industry’s future. We are thrilled to be in California to meet the people transforming modern manufacturing,” Timmons added.  

Timmons began the day at NextFlex, a group of companies, academic institutions, nonprofits and government agencies with a mission to advance US manufacturing of flexible hybrid electronics, where he participated in a panel discussion with parents, students and business leaders. Participants spoke about the future opportunities in the manufacturing industry and how to attract America’s next generation of creators. He then traveled to PACCAR’s Innovation Center for a facility tour, a product demonstration and a roundtable discussion about PACCAR’s role in modern manufacturing and transportation. PACCAR’s Innovation Center opened in late 2017.

“California is at the intersection of innovation, technology, and modern manufacturing,” said President of California Manufacturers & Technology Association Dorothy Rothrock. “While our country struggles to fill important jobs in the manufacturing sector, our employers are committed to upskilling the workforce so that as we create new, well-paying jobs in manufacturing, we are also ensuring we have the skilled workforce to fill them.”

The President/CEO of NAM getting a tour and taking a look at the Peterbilt Model 579 Autonomous Development Tractor.

For the past four years, the annual NAM State of Manufacturing Tour has focused the nation’s attention on the industry that is the backbone of the American economy, highlighting the more than 12 million men and women who are building our future. The tour has traveled the country, bringing policy discussions and conversations about the future of work to shop floors, schools, economic clubs, television studios, the White House and more. At a time when the future of work is top of mind for workers and thought leaders alike, this year’s tour will spotlight the industry’s rapid transformation, while also focusing on manufacturing’s well-paying careers, the industry’s diverse workforce and the real-world solutions for manufacturing’s continued growth.

“PACCAR’s new Innovation Center is using advanced technology, research and development to improve the performance of our commercial vehicles,” said PACCAR Innovation Center General Manager Jake Montero. “Our research experts are leading the truck manufacturing industry in next-generation product development, showcasing the capabilities of modern manufacturing.”

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