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Caterpillar's CEO is manufacturing's ultimate championPosted by Gino DiCaro, VP, Communications on Oct. 15, 2014
This month CMTA member Caterpillar CEO Doug Oberhelman delivered an inspiring speech at the National Manufacturers Association’s (NAM) annual meeting as he retired as NAM’s Chairman of the Board.
Oberhelman helped transform NAM’s effort into a national manufacturing revolution, taking manufacturing issue advocacy and turning it into a broader and louder voice about clean, efficient, high paying, incredibly innovative factories. His and other's efforts have put NAM on a mission to convince lawmakers to be champions of growth and job creation in the country’s most important economic sector. Oberhelman has been a tremendous messenger that our economy and hard working families will thrive with more manufacturing.
Specifically in California, there is a growing acknowledgement of the value of manufacturing within the lawmaking and regulatory communities but we must channel the efforts of NAM and Oberhelman to help manufacturers compete and grow. California boasts about innovating, but as Oberhelman says, “products [only] become real when a manufacturer makes them.”
While the country is starting to grow and re-shore manufacturing, California is lagging the “revolution” by attracting only 1.5 percent of the country’s manufacturing investments in 2013. Just like NAM's efforts across the country, California must be "powerful, loud and clear." Below is a snippet from Oberhelman and you can download the entire speech here.
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