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Matt Turpin, president and CEO of Zentech Manufacturing Inc., and other senior executives from leading electronics manufacturing companies, all members of IPC—Association Connecting Electronics Industries, gathered in Washington, D.C. for IMPACT Washington, D.C. 2017 to advocate for a pro-growth, pro-advanced-manufacturing policy agenda.
The gathering was especially timely considering President Donald Trump’s recent moves to strengthen U.S. manufacturing, including establishing a new White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, and launching a wave of policy initiatives in the areas of taxes, trade, workforce skills, and regulations.
"Our industry is directly in the middle of so many major policy debates," said John W. Mitchell, president and CEO of IPC. "That's why our visit to Washington is so important. The United States is still the world leader in advanced electronics, but it cannot take its leadership for granted. IPC’s Global Policy Framework is aimed at strengthening the foundations of U.S. and global prosperity."
During the two-and a-half-day event, nearly thirty IPC member company executives met with members of Congress and leaders of the Trump Administration to share their views on issues including tax reform; federal funding for manufacturing-related research and development programs; environmental policy; and, conflict minerals regulations.
Turpin met with several leaders including Senator Chris Van Hollen and Congressman Elijah Cummings (pictured left).
A member of the IPC Government Relations Steering Committee, Turpin has been a key member of the annual IPC IMPACT contingent visiting Capitol Hill.
"IPC continues to deliver year-after-year with a very focused agenda and outstanding meetings with key legislators. It is truly a remarkable event and I highly encourage other executives in our industry to become involved. IPC can and does make a difference by informing legislators on issues and helping to shape policy that impacts the entire electronics industry," he commented.