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President Donald Trump and various manufacturing CEOs

Trump Announces Manufacturing Jobs Initiative

Jan. 27, 2017
Two dozen current or former manufacturing CEOs join the new council, including Jeff Immelt of General Electric, Mark Fields of Ford, and Elon Musk of Tesla.

After a first week filled with meetings and headlines, President Donald Trump and White House officials announced the launch of a Manufacturing Jobs Initiative on Friday as a part of the administration’s overall job creation agenda.

Trump talked with numerous industry executives over the course of the week in meetings coordinated by Dow Chemical CEO Andrew Liveris. Now, according to the White House, Trump will meet regularly with many of those same top executives, working with them to “best promote jobs and get Americans back to work again.”

During a meeting Monday, Trump said he wanted to cut regulations by at least 75%, though he did not detail which current regulations might be targeted. Trump also repeated his campaign pledge to cut the corporate tax rate, rewarding American manufacturers.

In late November, former White House press secretary Josh Earnest announced that 805,000 manufacturing jobs had been created during President Barack Obama’s eight years in office. According to, a project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, the country actually suffered a net loss of 303,000 manufacturing jobs during that time.

Details on when and how often the new council will meet were not included in the initial announcement, though a lengthy roster of members was:

Inge Thulin, 3M Co.

Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO president

Scott Paul, Alliance for American Manufacturing

Klaus Kleinfeld, Arconic Inc.

Dennis Muilenburg, Boeing Co.

Denise Morrison, Campbell Soup Co.

Doug Oberhelman, Caterpillar Inc.

Wendell Weeks, Corning Inc.     

Jim Kamsickas, Dana Inc.

Michael Dell, Dell Technologies

Andrew Liveris, Dow Chemical Co.

Mark Fields, Ford Motor Co.

Jeff Immelt, General Electric Co.

Bill Brown, Harris Corp.

Brian Krzanich, Intel Corp.

Mark Sutton, International Paper Co.

Marillyn Hewson, Lockheed Martin Corp.

Ken Frazier, Merck & Co. Inc.

Mike Polk, Newell Brands Inc.

John Ferriola, Nucor Corp.

Elon Musk, Tesla Motors Inc.

Rich Kyle, Timken Co.

Kevin Plank, Under Armour Inc.

Greg Hayes, United Technologies Corp.

Mario Longhi, U.S. Steel Corp.

Jeff Fettig, Whirlpool Corp.

About the Author

Matt LaWell | Staff Writer

Staff writer Matt LaWell explores news in manufacturing technology, covering the trends and developments in automation, robotics, digital tools and emerging technologies. He also reports on the best practices of the most successful high tech companies, including computer, electronics, and industrial machinery and equipment manufacturers.

Matt joined IndustryWeek in 2015 after six years at newspapers and magazines in West Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio, a season on the road with his wife writing about America and minor league baseball, and three years running a small business. He received his bachelor's degree in magazine journalism from Ohio University.

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