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Creators Wanted Virtual Series

The National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute-the workforce development and education partner of the NAM-released another episode in the Creators Wanted virtual series.

The episode, "A Family Tradition: Building a Legacy in Manufacturing," highlights how family-owned businesses are the heartbeat of manufacturing in America. The episode explores how manufacturing businesses passed down through generations have helped to shape the industry and how family-run businesses continue to invest in workers to build momentum for the future.

"So much of manufacturing in America is about family-not just the generations of owners and workers, but also the relationships built on shop floors or after the workday ends," said MI Executive Director Carolyn Lee. "I was raised in one of those families, seeing from a young age that manufacturing can have a tremendous positive impact on communities and the men and women who help build them. The potential and opportunity that manufacturing produces is what drives our work every day, so this episode is very close to my heart."

The episode features stories from four creators who paved the way for their families' manufacturing businesses:

  • Mary Andringa, Chair Emeritus, Vermeer Corporation
  • Duncan MacLean, President and CEO, MacLean-Fogg Company
  • Aneesa Muthana, President and CEO, Pioneer Service Inc.
  • Nicole Wolter, President and CEO, HM Manufacturing Inc.

"In 1948, my father started a small company with one employee, one product and one small cement block building, which ultimately became Vermeer," said Andringa. "Today, we are a third-generation company. It has been incredibly rewarding to spend my career working with my family and being part of Vermeer's transformation into an enterprise with over 3,500 passionate team members. Our story is just one of many of family-owned manufacturers that keep America running."

"A Family Tradition: Building a Legacy in Manufacturing" can be streamed via the NAM's YouTube channel, at and through the MI's Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn pages.

NAM and MI will continue its virtual Creators Wanted tour with stops across the country, focusing on the mission of changing common misperceptions about careers in manufacturing and providing resources and opportunities that will help reduce the skills gap.

For more information contact:

The National Association of Manufacturers

733 10th Street NW

Suite 700

Washington, DC 20001


The Manufacturing Institute


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