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The National Association of Manufacturers announced that NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka has been named to the NAM board of directors.

Siekerka joins the NAM board to bolster the association’s leadership in policy advocacy, legal action, workforce solutions, operational excellence and news and insights. She will help the industry advance a manufacturing competitiveness agenda that promotes opportunity and prosperity for all Americans.

“Michele is a leader in our industry, and the NAM will be stronger thanks to her service on our Board of Directors,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons.

“Michele will be a partner in the NAM’s efforts to advance a competitiveness agenda that grows our economy. We will work with policymakers to tackle immigration reform, fix our permitting process, expand trading opportunities, build on the 2017 tax reforms and reject top-down federal regulations that impact manufacturers’ ability to invest in America.”

Founded in 1895, the NAM, guided by its board of directors, is the largest industrial trade association in the United States, with more than 14,000 members. 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 the industry and equipping manufacturers with invaluable resources through its news and insights channels and partnerships with the Manufacturing Leadership Council, the Manufacturing Institute and 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 be a part of the NAM board and to fight for policies that will ensure our industry’s continued growth and success,” Siekerka said. “Lawmakers need to understand how their 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 our communities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for all Americans.”