WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On September 25th in
Manchester, New Hampshire, television and film star John Ratzenberger and
the Alliance for American Manufacturing (AAM) will kick off a series of
"Keep it Made in America" town hall meetings. The town hall series, which
will travel to seven cities in twelve weeks, will highlight the growing
demand among voters that the presidential candidates address the challenges
facing American workers and manufacturers.
"I'm proud to partner with AAM on the 'Keep it Made in America' Town
Hall Series. I've traveled all across this country and I've seen firsthand
how manufacturing drives our economy. Our manufacturers, workers and their
communities are the heart and soul of America," said Ratzenberger. "In this
presidential election, we have a chance to make the voices of American
manufacturing heard in places like Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina
where it matters first. We're going to educate and inspire voters to ask
the candidates the hard questions about jobs and to find out how they will
'Keep it Made in America'."
From humble beginnings in Bridgeport, Connecticut, John Ratzenberger
gained international fame on the acclaimed television series 'Cheers.'
During more than three decades of movie making and theatre, John has
enjoyed success as a screenwriter, director, producer and multi-nominated
Emmy actor. He is also an accomplished entrepreneur and philanthropist.
Today, John hosts his own show about manufacturing on the Travel Channel.
'John Ratzenberger's Made in America,' which airs Tuesday's at 9:00 and
9:30 pm ET/PT, brings viewers the stories of the best people, places and
products in the United States. He honors the men and women in the United
States who work with their hands and skillfully make products that are the
backbone of the American economy.
"John has a deep understanding of the challenges we face, including
unfair trading practices, that affect real people and real communities all
across the country," said Leo W. Gerard, president of the United
Steelworkers. "In the towns that we will visit, in companies featured on
John's show, and across America, American workers and companies are under
attack. Since 2000, we've lost a staggering 3.2 million manufacturing jobs,
jobs that offer a better standard of living for millions of hard-working
Americans. The town hall series will bring attention to issues that
American voters are demanding to hear about -- a real commitment from
presidential candidates to ensure a strong manufacturing industry."
"Keep it Made in America" Town hall meetings will be held in the
-- Tuesday, September 25th -- Manchester, NH
-- Wednesday, October 17th -- Des Moines, IA
-- Thursday, November 8th -- Columbus, OH
-- Tuesday, November 13th -- Pittsburgh, PA
-- Thursday, November 29th -- Buffalo, NY
-- Date TBD -- Chicago, IL
-- Date TBD -- South Carolina
The series will target voters in the early voting and swing states like
New Hampshire and Iowa who have a unique opportunity to impress upon the
presidential candidates the urgency of the problems facing American
manufacturing. During the town hall events, Ratzenberger will encourage
voters to ask the presidential candidates three key questions to determine
their commitment to keeping manufacturing jobs in the country:
-- How will you save American manufacturing jobs?
-- What specific policies will you enact to strengthen the American
manufacturing base, which is vital to our economic and national
-- What steps will you take to enforce our trade laws and hold cheating
countries like China accountable?
"Democratic and Republican presidential candidates alike have not
adequately addressed the immense challenges facing manufacturing in this
country, despite the fact that this important economic sector is central to
our national security. American manufacturers supply advanced materials for
equipment like the Joint Strike Fighter, the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and
the Abrams Tank," said Scott Paul, AAM's executive director. "Voters all
over America know how critical it is to reverse the decline in our
industrial base and save American manufacturing jobs. We can no longer
afford to sit idly by while countries like China cheat on trade agreements,
threatening our ability to produce what we need domestically."
"John Ratzenberger shares AAM's dedication to keeping the American
manufacturing industry alive, and he has joined us in our quest to urge the
candidates to focus on these issues," said Paul. "The American qualities of
hard work, ingenuity and innovation have enabled us to get where we are
today. But, for America to remain the leader in the global economy, we have
to overcome some very real challenges that threaten the vital core of our
economic engine. Our town hall events will initiate this important dialogue
and empower voters to continue the discussion with the presidential
For more information on the "Keep it Made in America" town hall series
please visit: http://www.americanmanufacturing.org and
The Alliance for American Manufacturing is a unique non-partisan, non-
profit partnership forged to strengthen manufacturing in the U.S. AAM
brings together a select group of America's leading manufacturers and the
United Steelworkers to promote creative policy solutions on priorities such
as international trade, energy security, health care, retirement security,
currency manipulation, and other issues of mutual concern. For more
SOURCE Alliance for American Manufacturing