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Autoworkers from Across the Country Came to Capitol Hill to Highlight the Growth in Manufacturing in America
Washington, D.C. September 24, 2019 – International automakers from across the country led a ‘Drive-In’ in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the success of U.S. auto manufacturing. More than 200 auto, auto supplier and car dealer employees, including military veterans, gathered at the U.S. Capitol with Reps. Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Mark Takano (D-CA) the chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.
“In today’s high-tech U.S. auto industry, international automakers recognize the opportunity to utilize key skills our veterans have gained through their military service,” said John Bozzella, president and CEO of Global Automakers and spokesperson for Here For America. “We want to educate policymakers through American workers on how the investments by international automakers has benefited these workers, their families, and communities across the country.”
Since November 2016, international automakers and suppliers have announced 340 separate automotive investments in the U.S. valued at nearly $25 billion. International automakers and suppliers account for more than half the total number of new U.S. investments and a majority of announced new investment spending.
“Our auto workers and manufacturers are a key part of the Alabama economy, supporting over 50,000 jobs and producing $11 billion in annual exports,” Rep. Sewell said. “I am committed to continuing to advocate on behalf of the men and women working in the auto sector at every opportunity.”
Representatives from Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Texas, Volkswagen Group of America, Volvo Cars USA, North American Lighting, Toyoda Gosei Missouri and Mazda Toyota Manufacturing US, shared how important international automakers are in their communities and to the economy.
“As Chairman of the House Committee on Veteran’s Affairs it’s my duty and privilege to advocate for veterans across the country, and one of our biggest challenges is learning how to support veterans as they transition from servicemember to veteran,” Takano said. “I’m glad that Here for America recognizes veterans and their potential. Investing in America’s heroes should be a priority.”
HERE FOR AMERICA tells the story of international automakers, their ever-growing impact on the U.S. economy, and the benefits they provide to local communities. The contributions of international automakers and dealers are integral to the success of today’s U.S. auto industry, the most vibrant and competitive auto market in the world. HERE FOR AMERICA, an initiative of the ASSOCIATION OF GLOBAL AUTOMAKERS, educates policy makers and the public about the benefits of investments made by international automakers and suppliers in the United States, and fights for open trade and investment policies that do not discriminate, and to insist on a level playing field with respect to business policies, such as tax, labor and workforce development. Visit www.hereforamerica.com and follow Here For America on Twitter and Facebook