U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski Awarded 2019 Industry Champion at 2019 Legislative Summit; 125+ Suppliers Participated in Summit Meetings

Date: May 2, 2019
At the 2019 Legislative Summit on May 1, MEMA honored U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Indiana) as the 2019 recipient of the Joseph M. Magliochetti Industry Champion Award, a special recognition given to elected officials who have shown outstanding leadership on behalf of motor vehicle component suppliers.
 
More than 125 members and affiliates of MEMA’s four divisions, including AASA, attended the 2019 Legislative Summit. Attendees participated in more than 130 meetings with Trump administration officials and legislators aimed at helping them understand the impact of these and other issues as well as how decisions in Washington affect suppliers’ businesses.
 
“Congresswoman Walorski has demonstrated a commitment to advancing our industry and has recognized the critical role suppliers play in the American economy and in the economy of Indiana,” said MEMA President and CEO Bill Long in the awards presentation. “She has worked consistently and effectively to ensure that motor vehicle suppliers can remain competitive here in the U.S. and in the global marketplace. Her work has helped us to grow jobs, face trade uncertainty, and keep American businesses on the crest of a wave of change that is taking our industry into the future.”
 
“Indiana is a leader in American manufacturing, and vehicle component suppliers help drive our economy and create good jobs for hardworking Hoosiers,” Congresswoman Walorski said. “I’m honored to receive the Joseph M. Magliochetti Industry Champion Award, and I’m grateful to the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association and its members for their efforts to keep this industry competitive and maintain our nation’s economic momentum. I look forward to continuing our work together to ensure our trade policies provide long-term certainty for suppliers so they can keep building made-in-America products.”
 
Congresswoman Walorski is currently the representative of Indiana’s Second District. Her political career began in 2004, when she was elected to her first of three terms in the Indiana House of Representatives. She was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2012. Currently, in her second term in Congress, she serves on the House Armed Services, Veterans’ Affairs, and Agriculture committees. She also chairs the House Subcommittee on Nutrition.
 
“MEMA is pleased to recognize Representative Walorski’s efforts with this award, which carries great significance within our industry,” Long said.
 
The Industry Champion Award is presented in the memory of Joseph M. Magliochetti, a former MEMA chairman who also served as the chairman and CEO of Dana Corp. until his death in 2003. He was widely recognized as a leader and a visionary in the supplier industry, and his tenure as MEMA’s chairman left a legacy of advocacy and outreach on behalf of motor vehicle suppliers. This annual award recognizes a member of the House or the Senate who has worked diligently on behalf of parts manufacturers in the United States. Past Industry Champion Awards have been presented to Senator Lindsay Graham (R-South Carolina), Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-Michigan), Congressman Dr. Michael Burgess (R-Texas) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky).
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