One Voice Member Jim McGregor Speaks for Small Manufacturers at Meeting with President Obama and Cabinet

Jim McGregor, Vice Chairman of The McGregor Metalworking Companies based in Springfield, Ohio, joined a group of Ohio-based entrepreneurs today at an event featuring President Obama, Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Small Business Administration chief Karen Mills and White House Council of Economic Advisers Chairman Austan Goolsbee.  The event was the first of a series to be held in coming weeks in which the Administration seeks ideas to reduce regulatory barriers and support the growth and innovation of U.S. businesses.

Following the event, McGregor participated in a 90-minute roundtable discussion led by Labor Secretary Solis, where he emphasized the importance of increasing the skills of current employees while drawing more potential workers to high-paying jobs found in the manufacturing sector.

"We greatly appreciate the initiative of President Obama and members of his Administration to identify ways to help U.S. businesses thrive and compete globally," said McGregor. "There's no doubt that the business community, and manufacturers in particular, could play a greater role in education and workforce development policy. Among many important issues for manufacturers today is increasing the availability of skilled labor in two fundamental ways. First, those entering the workforce deserve to know about the large pool of high-paying, skilled manufacturing jobs available today – jobs that will only grow as the economy gathers steam. We must make a concerted effort to counter the general public's negative image of manufacturing starting at the K-12 level.

"Second, we must find ways to help support small businesses in particular train current employees for higher-skilled positions. Support for incumbent-worker related training would help enhance the skills of deserving employees while simultaneously expanding the pool of workers able to handle more skilled positions. In both ways – improving the image of our sector and helping fill the supply-demand gap for trained workers at individual companies – the Administration can play a constructive role."

PMA is the full-service trade association representing the $113-billion metalforming industry of North America.  Its nearly 1,000 member companies include metal stampers, fabricators, spinners, slide formers and roll formers as well as suppliers of equipment, materials and services to the industry.  Through advocacy, networking, statistics, the Educational Foundation, METALFORM tradeshows and MetalForming magazine, PMA helps lead innovative member companies toward superior competitiveness and profitability.

NTMA is the national association representing the precision custom manufacturing industry, which employs more than 440,000 skilled workers in the United States.  Its mission is to help members of the U.S. precision custom manufacturing industry achieve business success in a global economy through advocacy, advice, networking, information, programs and services.  Many NTMA members are privately owned small businesses, yet the industry generates sales in excess of $40 billion a year.  NTMA’s nearly 1,600 member companies design and manufacture special tools, dies, jigs, fixtures, gages, special machines and precision-machined parts.  Some firms specialize in experimental research and development work.

Together, PMA and NTMA formed the "One Voice" partnership to advocate for the interests of small and medium manufacturers throughout the U.S.

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