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Manufacturing Council Now Open to U.S. Subsidiaries of Foreign Companies

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Sandler, Travis & Rosenberg Trade Report

The Department of Commerce is accepting through Dec. 6 applications from representatives of the U.S. manufacturing industry to fill five vacant positions on the Manufacturing Council, which advises the DOC on government policies and programs that affect U.S. manufacturing. For the remainder of the current charter term, which expires Nov. 30, 2014, the DOC is expanding the scope of entities eligible for representation on the Council to include U.S. businesses in the manufacturing industry that are controlled directly or indirectly by a foreign parent company (i.e., U.S. subsidiaries of foreign companies). This expansion “is expected to enhance the recommendations and advice received from the Council,” the DOC states, particularly on “ways to ensure that the United States remains the preeminent destination for investment in manufacturing throughout the world.” However, all eligible applicants will be considered.

The DOC states that in selecting new Council members it will consider such factors as the candidate’s proven experience in promoting, developing and marketing programs in support of manufacturing industries, creating jobs in the manufacturing sector or managing manufacturing organizations. The DOC particularly seeks applicants who are active manufacturing executives (CEO, president or a comparable level of responsibility) and are leaders within their local manufacturing communities and industry sectors.

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