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“Reinvesting in America, Creating Jobs at Home”

June 17th at the Capitol Visitor Center

Congressional Auditorium  


Thank you to everyone who attended! Remarks and presentation materials are provided here courtesy of the speakers.


Summer Forum Agenda

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 12:00: Welcome Remarks from Congressman Steny Hoyer and Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker

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 **12:20: Panel Discussion -  The Latest Tools & Trends: **What’s really driving reshoring? What should companies consider?What tools does the federal government offer?

  • Dr. Mark Doms, Under Secretary of Commerce for Economic Affairs
  • Ms. Katy George [presentation], _Director & Co-lead of Global Manufacturing Practice, McKinsey _Read More…
  • Mr. Hal Sirkin, Senior Partner & Managing Director, Chicago, Boston Consulting Group
  • Dr. Sue Helper [presentation], Chief Economist, U.S. Department of Commerce

**1:20:  A Conversation with Walmart’s Michelle Gloeckler: **Learn about Walmart’s commitment to work with suppliers to reshore manufacturing. 

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  • Amb. Vinai Thummalapally, Executive Director, SelectUSA
  • Ms. Michelle Gloeckler, Senior Vice President, Walmart

**1:50: Panel Discussion - The Economic Development Perspective: **What are state and local governments doing to attract investment and promote reshoring?

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  • Mr. Jay Williams,_ Assistant Secretary, Economic Development Administration_
  • Mr. Mark Brady,_ Director of International Trade and Investment, National Governors Association_
  • Mr. Matt Mullin, Director of Public Policy and Strategic Engagement,  International Economic Development Council (IEDC)

 2:20:__ Coffee Break - 20 min

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**2:40: Introduction of Keynote Speaker **by Secretary Pritzker

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2:45: Keynote by Mr. Jeff Fettig [presentation]Chairman and CEO, Whirlpool Corporation

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**3:30: Panel Discussion - Making the Move: **What do socks, Tinker Toys, IT services, and streetcars all have in common? Then can be reshored - find out how it was done.

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  • Ms. Chandra Brown, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing* Mr. Maulik Shah [presentation], CTO and cofounder, Mantra Information Services
  • Mr. Michael Araten [presentation], CEO, K’NEX
  • Mr. Michael Penner [presentation], CEO, Richelieu

4:30: Concluding remarks by Congressman Frank Wolf 

  • Mr. Phillip Singerman, Associate Director of Innovation and Industry Services, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
  • Congressman Frank R. Wolf [remarks]
  • Mr. Ken Hyatt, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade

Keynote Speaker: Jeff Fettig, CEO of Whirlpool


Image of Jeff Fettig We were thrilled to have Mr. Jeff Fettig, CEO of Whirlpool, joining us to share his experience with reshoring.  Eighty percent of Whirlpool products on the U.S. market are made right here in the United States.


Nowhere is this more evident than Clyde, Ohio – home to the largest washing machine factory in the world.   Whirlpool recently announced that it would move the production of a line of front-load commercial washers from abroad to Clyde, adding new jobs locally.  This is just the latest in a series of investments that the company has been making across the country.


“Whirlpool has complete confidence in the competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing”  -  Jeff Fettig, CEO, Whirlpool



The SelectUSA Summer Forum also featured remarks by co-hosts Secretary of Commerce, Penny Pritzker and U.S. Representative, Frank Wolf.


Photos of Penny Pritzker and Frank Wolf