American Crane & Equipment Corporation’s Karen Norheim Joins Roundtable Discussion on Manufacturing at White House

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Thomas’ Tony Uphoff Advocates For Industry At White House Roundtable

Karen Norheim, Executive Vice President of American Crane & Equipment Corporation; Ken Carlton, President of Corrugated Metals; Sean Duclos, President of Millennium Precision LLC; and Eoin Lynch, Exec

Our digital transformation has allowed us to grow while at the same time providing ways to modernize our internal culture and create an environment for the multi-generational workplace..

Held on Thursday, March 14, the roundtable was organized by the White House Office of Public Liaison, Department of Commerce International Trade Administration (ITA) and the Small Business Administration (SBA). In kicking off the discussion, Uphoff outlined the current sustained growth of the U.S. manufacturing industry, measured in terms of output and job growth, noting employment levels in the sector are on par with those in 1949, during the height the post-WWII industrial boom.

Uphoff also touched on four key challenges facing the industry: the public’s misperception of U.S. manufacturing; the digital transformation of industrial sales, marketing and supply chain management; international trade trends and the dynamics presented by today’s multi-generational workforce and its growing skills gap.

“This was a great opportunity to share what our data shows on manufacturing and industrial trends with senior government leaders and to illuminate some of the key challenges our industry is working to overcome,” explained Uphoff. “These types of discussions go a long way toward shaping America’s perception of manufacturing. They provide real examples and identify what is being done by leading U.S. manufacturers to continue the growth in this sector.”

Uphoff was joined by four Thomas customers: Karen Norheim, Executive Vice President of American Crane & Equipment Corporation; Ken Carlton, President of Corrugated Metals; Sean Duclos, President of Millennium Precision LLC; and Eoin Lynch, Executive Director, Sales and Marketing, Tex Tech Industries; as well as industry leaders: Jeff White, Partner at the law firm Robinson & Cole LLP and Brett Silvers, President and CEO of WorldBusiness Capital, Inc.

Government officials in attendance included representatives from the Congressional offices of Congressman Tom Reed (R-NY), Co-Chair of the House Manufacturing Caucus, Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-NY), SBA Regional Administrators Wendell Davis and Steven Bulger, U.S. Department of Commerce ITA Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing Ian Steff, and U.S. Department of Commerce International Trade Administration Director Anne Evans.

As an early adopter of new technologies throughout the company, American Crane & Equipment Corporation has created a competitive edge. “Our digital transformation has allowed us to grow while at the same time providing ways to modernize our internal culture and create an environment for the multi-generational workplace,” explained Norheim.

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