MEMA Hosts Trade Discussion During Vice President Pence’s Detroit Visit

Date: April 25, 2019
MEMA and one of its four divisions, the Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA), hosted a senior-level automotive panel discussion on April 24 in Detroit, as part of an event that will engage United States Vice President Mike Pence on important issues related to the proposed United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). In addition to Vice President Pence, participants included automotive industry stakeholders and leadership in the motor vehicle parts supplier industry.
 
Bill Long, MEMA president and CEO and AASA president and COO, introduced the vice president and welcomed attendees to the meeting aimed at highlighting issues related to the USMCA, which is expected to go before Congress later this year.
 
“This meeting is taking place at a critical time,” said Long, prior to the event. “We have been working closely with the administration at the highest levels to iron out the details that will enable suppliers to fully realize the administrations objectives of job growth and a strong foundation for U.S. manufacturing competitiveness. MEMA and our four divisions, OESA, HDMA, MERA and AASA are dedicated to advancing the business interests of suppliers. This meeting is a prime example of the power of our voice and relevance to the U.S. economy.”

MEMA Washington staff meet frequently with administration officials and agencies in the nation’s capital. Members can participate in these meetings, as well as congressional visits, at MEMA’s annual Legislative Summit, coming up next week: Tuesday, April 30 and Wednesday, May 1, at The Watergate Hotel, Washington, D.C.
 
There is still time for AASA members attend -- register here today. The full agenda is here. More information also is available by contacting Catherine Boland in the MEMA Washington office: cboland@mema.org.

 Photo: Vice President Mike Pence comes onto the stage with MEMA President and CEO Bill Long at the April 24 event in Taylor, Mich. (Daniel Mears, Detroit News)
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