Industry leaders, Lt. Gov. Sanguinetti gather at Harper to address future of manufacturing

  • Harper College News Bureau
  • February 3, 2016

NAM tourOver the next decade, 3.4 million manufacturing jobs will need to be filled. Yet 2 million are expected to go unfilled due to a lack of qualified workers.

The National Association of Manufacturers, the leading advocate for a policy agenda that helps manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the U.S., is working to close that skills gap.

NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons delivered his 2016 State of Manufacturing address today in Harper’s new FMA Metal Fabrication Lab, the latest in a series of stops throughout seven states to highlight the vital role the industry plays in the U.S. economy.

“When manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds,” Timmons said.

Dozens of students, elected officials, business and community leaders were in attendance to hear remarks from Timmons, Harper President Dr. Ken Ender, Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti, Illinois Manufacturers Association President Greg Baise, Fabricators & Manufacturers Association President and CEO Ed Youdell and Siemens Foundation CEO David Etzwiler.

The group toured Harper’s manufacturing facilities and discussed real-world solutions to create jobs and change the perceptions of manufacturing.

Media contact:Kim Pohl, Media Relations Manager, 847.925.6159