NTMA Member Roy Sweatman Reappointed to Commerce Department’s Manufacturing Council

Roy Sweatman, president of Southern Manufacturing Technologies (SMT) in Tampa, Fla., was reappointed by the U.S.

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Roy Sweatman, president of Southern Manufacturing Technologies (SMT) in Tampa, Fla., was reappointed by the U.S. Department of Commerce to serve on the 2013 Manufacturing Council. A former chairman of the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), Mr. Sweatman joins 25 other U.S. manufacturing leaders on the council. 

The Manufacturing Council provides advice to the secretary of commerce on strategic issues related to the overall competitiveness of the nation’s manufacturing sector, including the adoption and effectiveness of government policies and programs that affect the industry. From his position, Mr. Sweatman will help emphasize the need for policies that help small and medium U.S. manufacturing companies, a critical part of the U.S. manufacturing industry.

“I am honored to be reappointed to the Manufacturing Council,” Mr. Sweatman says. “Small and medium manufacturers play an enormous role in our nation, both as job creators and as the backbone of many communities. Policies that help support the work of small manufacturing businesses create positive ripple effects throughout the economy. It is gratifying to be part of a process in which policymakers and business leaders can work together to address our most pressing issues, from the potential for comprehensive tax reform to the ongoing shortage of skilled manufacturing workers in our country today. We need to get these things right to ensure that U.S. manufacturing can effectively compete in an international marketplace.”