Sunday, February 17, 2013

National Association of Manufacturers Honors Forbes for Pro-Jobs Record

Award to be Presented Next Tuesday at Volvo Penta in Chesapeake, VA

Washington, D.C. - Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) has been awarded The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence, which salutes members of Congress whose voting record consistently supports a pro-jobs, pro-manufacturing agenda. The presentation of this award will take place at Volvo Penta North American headquarters in Chesapeake, Virginia on Tuesday, February 19th.

"The manufacturing industry is a vital aspect of the U.S. economy, providing an estimated 17.2 million jobs across the United States," said Congressman Forbes. "Virginia's 4th Congressional District alone boasts of over 26,000 individuals employed in the manufacturing sector. Strengthening and revitalizing this crucial industry is key to creating more well-paying jobs, encouraging growth, and providing impetus for innovation."

Congressman Forbes will meet with Volvo Penta's North American President, Ron Huibers, as well as employees from the Chesapeake headquarters to discuss federal policy issues that impact their company's operations. Volvo Penta is a world-leading supplier of engines and complete power systems for marine and industrial applications.  Volvo Penta operates in more than 130 countries, with its North American headquarters located in Chesapeake, Virginia, where it employs 125 individuals.

Congressman Forbes was honored with this award based on his voting record on important manufacturing issues, ranging from energy to federal regulations. Throughout his time of service in the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Forbes has consistently championed job growth in the manufacturing industry.  

The Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence is given to members of the House of Representatives and the Senate who have demonstrated an excellent understanding of manufacturing's key role in our economy and society through their voting records. The voting records were based on NAM's positions on Key Manufacturing Votes.

The National Association of Manufacturers is the United States' largest industrial trade association as well as the leading manufacturers association. It is proud to represent manufacturers of all sizes in all 50 states and every industrial sector. For more information, visit