Former ARI Leader Sutton Nominated by President Bush

May 14, 2007
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WASHINGTON - President Bush nominated William “Woody” Sutton, former president of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI), as Assistant Secretary of Commerce (Manufacturing and Services).

“Woody has been a longtime advocate and friend to manufacturers, recognizing industry’s importance to the economy and millions of American jobs,” said John Engler, president of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). “If confirmed, his experience within the industry will allow him to expand this position, helping manufacturers create jobs and compete globally.”

A highly decorated former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Sutton previously served as a NAM board member. During his role at ARI, he represented manufacturers of more than 90 percent of North American-produced central air conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment. He is also a former vice chairman of NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations. “Manufacturers face great challenges, from structural costs at home and global competition abroad,” noted Engler.

“Having worked directly with the industry, Woody Sutton understands these challenges and the means necessary to developing growth to keep American manufacturing strong. The importance of this position cannot be underestimated.”

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Publication date: 05/14/2007

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