Donnelly receives award for supporting manufacturing

Posted by: Batesville Herald Tribune  | Mar 9, 2017

The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) presented U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-IN) the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence at an event hosted by Hillenbrand Inc. in Batesville Feb. 22, according to a press release.

“Senator Donnelly’s strong track record of supporting a pro-manufacturing agenda is vitally important to companies like Hillenbrand,” said Joe Raver, president chief executive officer of Hillenbrand. “Manufacturing is critical to the strength of our nation’s economy, and we are grateful for leadership that continues to help manufacturers compete in a globally dynamic market place.”

“Indiana’s economic success is directly tied to our manufacturing industry: it employs our friends and neighbors in communities across the state,” said Donnelly. “With nearly one-third of economic activity tied to manufacturing, there is no state in the country more dependent on the industry. It is an honor to receive this award, which is a reflection of our work together, and the important feedback businesses and workers provide as I work to best serve Hoosiers. I look forward to continuing my work alongside Hoosiers to grow and expand manufacturing opportunities in Indiana and across America.”

He added, "Batesville is a really special place that understands manufacturing and its importance. How special is it that you can live here, live on a farm or just in a neighborhood nearby, have your kids go to awesome schools and have a job nearby.

"Manufacturing creates the American dream and the American promise. When we look at our success, when we are strong in manufacturing, everything works .... This is an amazing town, an amazing place with an incredible work ethic .... The most important thing we can do is pass on this amazing legacy to our kids," he stressed.

“Manufacturers in Indiana and across the country are changing lives for the better – through the jobs we create and the products we make. Manufacturing is about improving the human condition, one innovation at a time,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Senator Donnelly is helping to make our success possible by standing with manufacturers when it matters and casting the right votes.”

“Manufacturers employ over 12 million men and women in the U.S., who are making everything from lifesaving medicines to the most cutting edge technology. The strength of manufacturing in America is responsible for the success of America in the world. When manufacturing succeeds, America succeeds, so Senator Donnelly’s consistent support for manufacturing means he is supporting a better future for all Americans.”

Key votes included in the voting record are selected by small, medium and large manufacturing executives who serve on the NAM’s Key Vote Advisory Committee.