Michigan Company Executives Appointed to Advise Department of Commerce on Manufacturing Policy


Manufacturing is a key industry in the revitalization of the U.S. economy and job creation. Something we have long said and believed and the Department of Commerce agrees. The United States is the world’s largest manufacturing economy, employing nearly 12 million Americans in 2012.

In January 2004, the Bush Administration report released a report titled Manufacturing in America: A Comprehensive Strategy to Address the Challenges to U.S. Manufacturers. One of the many recommendations included the creation of a manufacturing council to serve as the principle private sector advisory committee to the Secretary of Commerce. This cross-section of private-sector individuals serve for two year terms, and reflect a balanced across geographic locations, manufacturing industry sectors, and business size.

Established in April 2004, the Manufacturing Council’s mission is to ensure a conduit for communication exists between the manufacturing sector and the government, to advise the Secretary of Commerce on policies and procedures that affect manufacturing and/or propose solutions to industry-related issues, and to ensure the U.S. remains the leading place for manufacturing investment in the world.

Yesterday, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Commerce Rebecca Blank announced new manufacturing council members, 6 of the 26 members are from Michigan manufacturing companies, 5 of which are new members in 2013.

The MMTC would like to extend congratulations to returning member:

  • Joseph B. Anderson, Jr., Chairman & CEO, TAG Holdings LLC (MI)

And newly appointed members:

  • Christie Wong Barrett, CEO, Mac Arthur Corporation (MI)
  • Shirish Pareek, Founder & CEO, Hydraulex Global (MI)
  • Andra Rush, CEO, The Rush Group (MI)
  • Susan Smyth, Director - Manufacturing Systems Lab, General Motors Company (MI)
  • Carol Williams, Executive Vice President – Manufacturing & Engineering, Supply Chain and Environmental, Health & Safety Operations, The Dow Chemical Company (MI)
We know you’ll do us proud representing our great state and the broad range of manufacturing capabilities we bring to Michigan and the U.S. Economy.

What suggestions do you have to strengthen American manufacturing and global competitiveness? What advice would you offer for establishing policies on behalf of your industry?

For more information on the legacy of past councils and a complete list of 2013 appointees, go to http://www.trade.gov/manufacturingcouncil/ 

Categories: U.S. Manufacturing