American Bakers Association lead joins Council of Manufacturing Associations

By Gill Hyslop contact

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Robb MacKie
Robb MacKie

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Robb MacKie, president & CEO of the American Bakers Association (ABA), has been appointed vice-chair of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA).

CMA – which comprises more than 260 industry-specific manufacturing associations – is a vital arm of NAM. Its mission is focused on bolstering the industry’s nationwide grassroots mobilisation efforts and improving the competitiveness of manufacturers in the US.

“As business leaders in our communities, bakers and manufacturers are the voice for free enterprise, opportunity, and bold innovation,”​ said MacKie.

“I am also excited to help promote the importance of manufacturers in solving our country’s challenges.”

Anne Forristall Luke, chair of CMA and also president & CEO of the US Tire Manufacturers Association (USTMA), added, “Robb’s track record of innovation at the ABA has earned him the respect and admiration of his colleagues throughout the business community.”

Bakers and manufacturers play a vital role in our country and I look forward to helping strengthen that role during these uncertain and challenging times  – MacKie

According to NAM president & CEO Jay Timmons, the CMA will be at its strongest under the leadership of Luke and MacKie.

“Manufacturers’ policy successes in 2019 were a direct result of the collaboration and mobilisation made possible by the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations,” ​said Timmons.

“We look forward to making 2020 another one for the record books by elevating the voices of manufacturing leaders and manufacturing workers across America.”

Since 1897, ABA has been the voice of the wholesale baking industry, working to increase protection from costly government overreach, build the talent pool of skilled workers and forge industry alignment by establishing a more receptive environment to grow the baking industry. The US baking industry generates more than $153bn in economic activity annually and employs almost 800,00 people.

NAM is the largest manufacturing association in the US, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector. The industry currently employs more than 12.8 million people, contributes $2.38 trillion to the US economy annually and accounts for 62.5% of private-sector research and development.

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