New Leadership at NAM

The advocacy group for manufacturing-sector workers announced a new board of directors.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), a 14,000-member group that aims to act as the voice for manufacturing-sector workers, has announced a new board of directors. According to the organization, the team will advocate policies that will grow jobs in the United States, attract foreign direct investment, ease the regulatory burden, lead the world in innovation, expand access to global markets and ensure manufacturers have access to a skilled, modern workforce.

Gregg Sherrill, chairman and CEO of Tenneco Inc., will serve as chair of the NAM Board of Directors, and John F. Lundgren, chairman and CEO of Stanley Black & Decker, Inc., will serve as vice chair for a two-year term. In addition, Tom Riordan, president and CEO of Neenah Enterprises, Inc., will serve as chair of the Small and Medium Manufacturers (SMM) Group, and Drew Greenblatt, president and owner of Marlin Steel Wire Products LLC, will serve as vice chair.

According to the organization, the new leaders have a variety of experience in manufacturing and are respected throughout their workforces and among their colleagues. Sherrill held engineering and manufacturing positions at major U.S. and global manufacturers before becoming chairman and CEO of Tenneco, an $8 billion manufacturer of clean air and ride performance components and systems. Similarly, Riordan has more than 30 years of experience in various industrial markets and now leads one of the largest independent foundry companies in the United States and one of the leading suppliers of castings to the domestic municipal and industrial markets.

“The NAM is incredibly lucky to have proven manufacturing leaders whose experience and leadership will be a great asset to the manufacturing army as we face uncertainty stemming from growing regulatory burdens, skyrocketing health care costs and gridlock in Washington,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “With this leadership team, the NAM will continue to work with leaders in Washington to solve our nation’s challenges and ensure America is the best place in the world to manufacture.”