Former NAM Board Member Nominated As 'Manufacturing Czar'

The NAM praised the Administration for the nomination of William “Woody” Sutton, noting that his industry experience would serve him well if confirmed.

On Friday, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) lent its support to President Bush’s nomination of former NAM board member William “Woody” Sutton as Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services.
“Woody has been a longtime advocate and friend to manufacturers, recognizing industry’s importance to the economy and millions of American jobs,” said NAM President John Engler. “If confirmed, his experience within the industry will allow him to expand this position, helping manufacturers create jobs and compete globally.”
In addition to being a decorated former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Sutton had also served as President of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI) and as a former vice chairman of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations.
“Manufacturers face great challenges, from structural costs at home and global competition abroad,” Engler said.  “Having worked directly with the industry, Woody Sutton understands these challenges and the means necessary to developing growth to keep American manufacturing strong.
“The importance of this position cannot be overestimated,” Engler said.  “Standing alone, U.S. manufacturing would be the eighth largest economy in the world.  America remains the world’s top manufacturing country and despite suggestions to the contrary, more products than ever are now ‘Made in America.’  Woody is an exceptional nominee to become the President’s point person for the industry to continue this trend.”