The Secretary of Commerce recently appointed Hancock Lumber’s President + CEO, Kevin Hancock, to the U.S. Manufacturing Council. The Council was established in 2004 to serve as the principal private sector advisory body to the Secretary of Commerce on matters relating to the U.S. manufacturing industry. The council meets four times per year with the Secretary, advising her on strategic issues facing American manufacturers. Hancock Lumber is the only lumber manufacturer represented in the group.
Secretary Pritzker recently stated in a press release, “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.”
The Manufacturing Council and its sub-committees work to ensure regular communication between government and the manufacturing sector and provide a forum for discussing and proposing solutions to industry-related problems. Council members advise the Secretary of Commerce on government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturing and recommend ways to ensure that the United States remains the preeminent destination for investment in manufacturing across the globe.
Kevin recently commented on this new leadership role, “There are a lot of great manufacturing companies represented on the Council so I am looking forward to the networking, idea sharing and learning opportunities that will be created. I am glad that, through Hancock Lumber, a manufacturer from Maine and the forest products industry will be represented in this group. Hopefully we can collectively have a positive impact on federal policy and direction regarding the growth of manufacturing in this country.”
Congratulations to Kevin on becoming one of 30 private sector leaders appointed to the Manufacturing Council!