NAM & Siemens honor Congresswoman for manufacturing support

NAM & Siemens honor Congresswoman for manufacturing support

March 8, 2011 – Ohio Congresswoman Jean Schmidt (R-OH) received the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence today in recognition of her consistent support of manufacturers and their employees across the United States. The Award was presented at an event sponsored by NAM member Siemens at its plant in Norwood, Ohio.

Members of Congress who maintained a voting record of 70 percent or higher during the 111th Congress (2009-2010) received the Award. Congresswoman Schmidt received a 78-percent key vote rating.

“On behalf of Siemens and our employees, I thank Congresswoman Schmidt for championing the causes that will help manufacturers thrive in Ohio and across the United States,” said Mark Cooksey, motor segment general manager, Drive Technologies Division, Siemens Industry, Inc. “We’re fortunate to have Jean Schmidt in our corner, advocating policies that will enable us to grow through innovation, job creation and sustainability efforts to stay ahead of global competition.”

“Congresswoman Schmidt supports common-sense policies that will enable manufacturers to create and maintain good high-paying jobs in Ohio and throughout America,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “A vibrant manufacturing base is vital to getting our economy turned around and ensuring quality of life for all Americans. It is critical to have lawmakers like Congresswoman Schmidt whose actions consistently match their words when it comes to a pro-manufacturing agenda for economic growth and job creation.”

Each key vote was selected by an NAM member-led advisory committee comprised of executives from small, mid-sized and large manufacturing companies. Members of Congress are notified in advance when key votes are pending and why the key vote designation has been made.

Key manufacturing votes for the 111th Congress included energy policy, taxes, regulations and labor law reform, among others. These policies are important components of the NAM’s “Manufacturing Strategy for Jobs and a Competitive America,” a comprehensive plan for supporting jobs and the U.S.

“The Award is a non-partisan indicator to help manufacturers and their employees sort out the true allies of manufacturing based on their votes on key issues that affect the manufacturing economy, jobs and U.S. competitiveness,” Timmons noted.

Voting records for all members of Congress are available at along with further details about NAM Key Manufacturing Votes.

The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs.

Industry Automation
A division of Siemens Industry, Inc., the Industry Automation Division is a global leader in the fields of automation systems, low-voltage switchgear and industrial software. Industry Automation’s portfolio ranges from standard products for the manufacturing and process industries to enterprise-wide automation solutions for automobile production facilities and chemical plants. As a leading software supplier, Industry Automation optimizes the entire value chain of manufacturers – from product design and development to production, sales, as well as a wide range of maintenance services. With nearly 33,000 employees worldwide, Industry Automation posted worldwide revenues of $8.4 billion in fiscal year 2010.