At a time when economists say U.S. manufacturing policy is in “disarray,” the Obama administration on Monday said it has created a new Office of Manufacturing Policy to be co-chaired by the Commerce Department Secretary and the director of the White House National Economic Council.
“At this make or break time for the middle class and our economy, we need a strong manufacturing sector that will put Americans back to work making products stamped with three proud words: Made in America,” President Barack Obama said in a statement.
Wisconsin leads the nation with the highest share of its workforce employed in manufacturing.
The new office expands on a previous appointment for a government adviser on manufacturing, known as a “manufacturing czar.” Washington has had no fewer than three such “manufacturing czars” installed as White House advisers in the course of two administrations. Ron Bloom, Obama’s policy adviser on manufacturing, resigned in August.