Dayton Rogers Manufacturing Co. owner and president Ron Lowry has been tapped to chair the Precision Metalforming Association (PMA) as the chairman of the organization’s board of directors.
Dayton Rogers is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, but has a plant in Columbia, South Carolina.
Lowry said his focus as chair would be in closing the skills gap in the precision metalforming sector as well as enhancing the education of lawmakers and the public with regard to manufacturing.
“While manufacturers have gone to great lengths to improve our efficiency and safety and develop career opportunities for the next generation of workers,” Lowry said, “our nation’s leaders continue to fail to recognize our industry’s value and need to do more to encourage our growth and prosperity."
His theme will be "Manufacturing Matters." Lowry said he intends to do all he can to "make sure PMA does all it can, to raise awareness and plant the seeds of change,” he continued. “We need policies in place that create incentives and drive innovation, expansion and investment here in the United States. That is critical to our long-term health. If we want to continue to be a first-class manufacturing country, our elected officials must support policies that help our sector.”
Columbia Office of Economic Development deputy director Cecil Hannibal lauded Lowry for his knowledge of manufacturing and his desire to share it.
“The City of Columbia continues to build on its success for attracting companies like Dayton Rogers and its owner and president, Ron Lowry,” he said. “More companies are discovering Columbia, South Carolina and like what we have to offer.”
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