The National Association of Manufacturers will kick off its 2024 Competing to Win Tour on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, traveling to three states and visiting eight manufacturing facilities to elevate the voices of modern manufacturers in this pivotal election year. 

On the first day of the tour, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons will be joined by NAM Board Chair and Johnson & Johnson Executive Vice President and Chief Technical Operations & Risk Officer Kathy Wengel to help shine a spotlight on manufacturers fueling the U.S. economy and driving innovation. 

On the second day of the tour, Timmons will deliver the 2024 NAM State of Manufacturing Address where he will provide the industry’s assessment of manufacturing in the United States, as candidates from all sides work to claim the manufacturing vote in the 2024 election. Timmons will also highlight the challenges facing manufacturers in America and the urgent need to enact a competitiveness agenda on issues including tax, trade, immigration, energy, regulatory reform and more.  

For more than a decade, the annual NAM State of Manufacturing Address has focused the nation’s attention on the industry that is the backbone of the American economy, highlighting the 13 million men and women who are building our future. 

The NAM has traveled the country frequently, bringing policy discussions and conversations about the future of work to shop floors, schools, innovation hubs, economic clubs, television studios, the White House and more. 

Tour events will take place in South Carolina, Michigan and Arizona. Details are as follows: 

Wednesday, Feb. 21 // South Carolina

8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. EST

Milliken & Company

920 Milliken Road

Spartanburg, SC 29303

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. EST

Springs Creative Products Group  

300 Chatham Ave., Suite 100

Rock Hill, SC 29730 

Thursday, Feb. 22 // Michigan

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. EST

RCO Engineering 

29200 Calahan Road

Roseville, MI 48066 

11:00 a.m. – 11:45 a.m. EST

Sanders Chocolate & Ice Cream Shoppe 

23770 Hall Road 

Clinton Township, MI 48036 

1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. EST

Triumph Gear Systems

15375 23 Mile Road

Macomb, MI 48042

Friday, Feb. 23 // Arizona

9:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. MST


3201 E. Harbour Drive 

Phoenix, AZ 85034 

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. MST

Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co.  

4410 W. Jefferson St.

Phoenix, AZ 85043 

2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. MST

Resolution Copper Site 

Superior, Arizona 

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