Mac Arthur Corporation, a leading international supplier of industrial and automotive labels and die-cut components, today announced that U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker reappointed Mac Arthur Corporation CEO, Christie Wong Barrett (Wong), to the U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council for the 2015-2016 charter term. Ms. Wong has served on the council, which serves as the principal private sector advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the U.S. manufacturing industry, since 2013 and is honored to be reappointed.
“U.S. Manufacturing is experiencing significant renewal and momentum. There are strengths to leverage opportunities for improvement that will position the U.S. as the preferred global destination for manufacturing in the future,” said Wong.
Through this appointment Wong joins other top executives and leaders from U.S. manufacturing companies for a two year term advising the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturing and provides a forum for proposing solutions to industry-related problems. The Council also works to ensure that the United States remains the preeminent destination for investment in manufacturing.
“The Department of Commerce continues to make investments that will keep our manufacturing sector on the cutting edge of innovation, including two new Commerce-led National Network for Manufacturing Innovation institutes, proposed in the President’s fiscal year 2016 budget. I look forward to working together with the new and returning Manufacturing Council members, whose unique expertise and perspective will be integral to our efforts to boost the economy and create U.S. jobs,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker. “The U.S. has now added 786,000 manufacturing jobs over the past 58 months, the strongest growth since the 1990s. The strength of U.S. manufacturing is critical to our nation’s economy and our competitiveness on the global stage.”
As CEO of Mac Arthur Corporation, a certified MBE, WBE, and WOSB manufacturer, Wong has experienced the challenges of operating and growing a business amidst the trials of the economic downturn, market globalization, and the decline in Michigan-based manufacturing. With her direct experience both operating a manufacturing business and consulting to large multinational manufacturing companies, Wong is uniquely qualified to serve on the council.
“I look forward to supporting this important agenda for our great country, building on the work from the previous council, and representing the diversity of the U.S. manufacturing sector,” said Wong.
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About The Manufacturing Council: The Manufacturing Council serves as the principal private sector advisory committee to the Secretary of Commerce on the United States manufacturing sector and is responsible for ensuring regular communication between the federal government and the manufacturing sector, advising the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect United States manufacturing and provide a forum for discussing and proposing solutions to industry-related problems and to ensure that the United States remains the preeminent destination for investment in manufacturing throughout the world.