PMA’s David N. Taylor and Carl Marrara were present on April 29 for the signing of an executive order by President Trump establishing the Office of Trade and Manufacturing. He signed the order at Ames Companies’ wheelbarrow production facility while surrounded by Vice President Pence, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and Peter Navarro, who will lead the new trade office in addition to leading the newly established White House National Trade Council.
“The President and his team are working to unleash America’s energy production and build out infrastructure, roll-back unnecessary and burdensome regulations, and promote American-made products abroad by improving competitiveness and enforcing our trade agreements,” said Taylor. “This executive order is further evidence that the administration recognizes the importance of manufacturing as the backbone of the American economy.”
While at the Ames factory in Harrisburg, President Trump also signed an executive order issuing a 180 day review of trade agreements for possible abuses, as well as the United States’ membership in World Trade Organization. Trump said he has tasked Secretary Ross to, "identify every violation and abuse of our trade agreements and to use every available measure under the law to end these abuses against our workers."
Other Harrisburg area business leaders in attendance included: Gene Barr, President & CEO of the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry; Wendie DiMatteo, CEO of ASK Foods, Inc.; Kevin Shivers, Executive State Director of NFIB Pennsylvania; Douglass Henry, CEO of Henry Molded Products; David E. Black, President & CEO of the Harrisburg Regional Chamber and Capital Region Economic Development Corporation; Rick Seitz, President of Alexander Building Construction Co.; shown here with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.