Ron Bullock, Chairman of electric motor and gearmotor manufacturer Bison Gear and Engineering, has been elected Chairman of the Manufacturing Institute – a 501c3 foundation affiliated with the National Association of Manufacturers. Already an active player in the continued education and expansion of skilled labor in the manufacturing workforce, Mr. Bullock will draw upon his considerable experience in the industry to improve the future outlook for manufacturing in the United States.
Tasked with expanding and maintaining manufacturing competitiveness across the US, the Washington DC-based Manufacturing Institute uses the following strategies to achieve its goal:
Implementing a set of nationally recognized manufacturing skills and credentials
Fostering a new generation of manufacturing workforce
Assisting small to medium size manufacturing firms
Mr. Bullock has been working towards achieving these goals for years. He has served on the National Science Board Commission on 21st Century STEM Education and led manufacturing research consortia, providing valuable input that has resulted in improved labor and job creation. He is a founding member of the Illinois P-20 Council and chairs the IMA Education Foundation. "Ron has been a committed member of the Trustees for the Institute and has provided strong leadership in all of his participation," said former Chairman Robert Ratliff – whom Ron will succeed. "He has been great to work with and I am confident his leadership will continue the effectiveness and growth that has marked the Institute in the past several years."
When asked about what goals he hopes to achieve during his two year term as chairman, Mr. Bullock said, "My goals for The Manufacturing Institute will be to visit our Trustees and Partners to get better acquainted with their workforce development initiatives and vision for the Institute, strengthen the balance sheet by increasing the endowment fund, focus our research to support our Manufacturing Renaissance Initiative and make progress on our goal of certifying half a million people in the NAM Stackable Credentials program. We have a great team at the Manufacturing Institute and I’m excited about what we can achieve together." Going forward, Mr. Bullock will channel his passion for manufacturing into effective strategies that will continue to benefit the industry.