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  March 1st, 2018 | Written by

Spotlighting Modern Manufacturing in California

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  • NAM CEO Jay Timmons: Urgent need to inspire next generation of manufacturers in America.
  • PACCAR’s innovation center is leading the truck manufacturing industry in next-generation product development.

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) 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.

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.

“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.”

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.

California is a hub for innovation and technology, and it’s driving modern manufacturing,” said Timmons. “The research and development happening in the Golden State is paving the way for our industry’s future.”

“California is at the intersection of innovation, technology, and modern manufacturing,” added Dorothy Rothrock, president of the California Manufacturers & Technology Association. “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.”

“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.”