The White House announced on Jan. 28 that Ron Bloom will provide leadership on policy development and strategic planning for the President's agenda to revitalize the manufacturing sector in his new role of senior counselor for manufacturing policy.
"Last week we learned that our manufacturing sector expanded for the first time in 18 months and had the highest monthly output in two years. It's a sign that we're on the right track to economic recovery, but that we still have a long way to go. That's why I've asked Ron Bloom to help coordinate my Administrations manufacturing policy. Distinguished by his extraordinary service on the Auto Task Force and his extensive experience with both business and labor, Ron has the knowledge and experience necessary to lead the way in creating the good-paying manufacturing jobs of the future. We must do more to harness the power of American ingenuity and productivity so that we can put people back to work and unleash our full economic potential," President Obama said.
As for Bloom's take on the importance of manufacturing in the U.S. he said that a "strong manufacturing sector is a cornerstone of American competitiveness. As we meet the challenges of globalization and technological change, it is vital to have a concerted effort across the Administration to support an innovative, vibrant manufacturing sector."
The Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) supports the appointment based on Bloom's experience. "No one knows the intersection of Wall Street, company board rooms, how things work on the shop floor, and economic policy better than Ron, who demonstrated his skill and know-how in helping to lead the auto industry recovery effort, " explained Scott Paul, executive director of AAM.