WASHINGTON — The National Association of Manufacturers announced that Melanie Cook, chief operating officer, GE Appliances, a Haier company, has been named to the NAM Board of Directors.

Founded in 1895, the NAM is the largest industrial trade association in the United States with 14,000 members.

The NAM’s membership includes some of the world’s most iconic brands and many of the small manufacturers that power the U.S. economy. More than 90% of its members are small and medium-sized businesses.

“I am honored to be a part of the NAM Board and continue to fight for policies that will ensure our continued growth and success as manufacturers,” said Cook. “Washington, D.C., needs to understand how their policies affect the more than 12 million men and women employed in manufacturing. I look forward to sharing my story and my experiences—and the stories of all manufacturers—to strengthen our economy and create more opportunities for working families.”

For more information, visit nam.org.