March 10, 2013

Ingersoll Rand Hosts Ceremony Honoring U.S. Sen. Richard Burr’s Support of Manufacturing Legislation

For a global diversified industrial company like Ingersoll Rand, laws that create a favorable climate for manufacturing are important. So Ingersoll Rand’s Chairman and CEO, Mike Lamach, was pleased to host a ceremony on behalf of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) honoring U.S. Senator Richard Burr, of North Carolina, with its Award for Manufacturing Executive Excellence.

“We are lucky to have Sen. Burr in our corner, advocating policies that will allow us to grow, create jobs, compete and stay ahead of our competition,” Mike said to a group of Ingersoll Rand leaders and business leaders who attended the Feb. 20 event on the Ingersoll rand campus, in Davidson, N.C. “The award goes to senators and representatives whose voting records on key manufacturing votes demonstrate an understanding of, and support for, the manufacturing sector’s vital role in our economy and our society,” Mike said.

A Product Showcase Tour and Q&A Session

Burr, a Republican who is serving his second term in the Senate, was honored by NAM for supporting 89 percent of the policies NAM identified as critical to the success of manufacturing in the United States during the 112th Congress. This support included key votes on issues such as energy policy, taxes and regulations.

Before the formal program, Mike took Sen. Burr, as well as Mayor John Woods of Davidson, for a tour of our product showcase. After the program, he held a short question-and-answer session for attendees, in which the topics of how to attract and retain employees in manufacturing jobs and how to prepare students for technical careers were discussed.

Industry Leaders Attend

In addition to many members of the company’s senior leadership team, attendees included Matt Barr, chairman and CEO, Carolina Color Corp.; Theresa Drew, managing partner with Deloitte & Touche LLP; Mike Ryan, audit practice leader with Grant Thornton LLP; Adria Funkhouser, vice president, National Association of Manufacturers; Lew Ebert, president and CEO, North Carolina Chamber; Jim Andrews, president, Pneu-mech Systems Manufacturing LLC and Susan Alt, senior vice president, Public Affairs, Volvo Group North America.

The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. For more information please visit

Sen. Richard Burr (center right) takes a keen interest in Ingersoll Rand’s products.

Sen. Richard Burr (seated at right) addresses manufacturing issues at a question-and-answer session led by Ingersoll Rand Chairman and CEO, Mike Lamach. (left).

Ingersoll Rand Chairman and CEO Mike Lamach (right) takes Sen. Richard Burr (left) and Davidson Mayor John Woods through the company’s product showcase.



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