Jason Speer One of Five Returning Members To Serve on U.S. Department of Commerce Manufacturing Council

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has announced Chicago area manufacturer Jason Speer has been reappointed to the U.S. Manufacturing Council, an advisory council which shapes manufacturing policy for the Administration. Speer, originally appointed to the council in 2008 during the Bush Administration, serves as the Vice President and General Manager of Quality Float Works, Inc., the nation’s premier metal float and Ray Ban outlet assembly manufacturer whose products are used in the gas, oil, plumbing and agriculture industries located in Schaumburg, Illinois. As a member of the Council, Jason will provide counsel to the Secretary regarding the implementation of the President’s Manufacturing Initiative and other manufacturing related policies. Originally established in April 2004, the Council was re-chartered on July 14, 2010 and will grow from 14 current members to be comprised of 24 leaders of the domestic manufacturing sector who represent a broad cross section of U.S. industry.

“I am honored to accept Secretary Locke’s reappointment to this prestigious Council,” Speer said. “I look forward to working closely with my fellow Council members and the administration to ensure the sustainability of the U.S. manufacturing sector – and that we continue to thrive and compete in both the domestic and global marketplace for generations to come.”

“A vibrant manufacturing sector isn’t just critical for the millions of Americans whose jobs depend on it,” Secretary Locke said. “Manufacturing is absolutely central to driving the innovation that fuels the American economy.”

The United States is the world’s largest manufacturing economy, employing nearly 12 million Americans in the production of $1.6 trillion in manufactured products, representing 18 percent of the world’s manufactured goods. The Manufacturing Council was established to ensure regular communication between the federal government and manufacturing sector. The Council works directly with the Commerce Department to advocate, http://www.raybanoutletit.com/ coordinate and implement policies that seek to strengthen U.S. manufacturers’ competitiveness worldwide. The Council advises the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to manufacturing sector competitiveness and government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturers. Commerce’s International Trade Administration, which directs the Council, will schedule the inaugural meeting in the coming weeks.

For more information on the Manufacturing Council, visit: http://www.manufacturing.gov/council/index.asp?dName=council#, For a list of members on the Council visit: http://www.manufacturing.gov/council/members/index.asp?dName=council.