The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), Washington, D.C., has named a meeting room in honor of Mary Andringa, former NAM board chair and chair emerita of Vermeer Corp., Pella, Iowa. The Mary Andringa Room is one of many conference rooms named after luminaries of manufacturing, including Andrew Carnegie, Thomas Edison, the Wright Brothers, Jonas Salk and Marie Curie.
Andringa, who served as NAM Board chair from 2011 to 2013 and has been an active participant on the NAM Board since the early 2000s, expressed her gratitude saying, “I was absolutely overwhelmed, humbled, and honored.”
During her time as NAM Board chair, Andringa worked closely with NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. She found the experience meaningful, as she could share best practices with Timmons and help in areas that needed more cooperation, like NAM’s partnerships with state associations.
Andringa has been a strong advocate for workforce development and education throughout her career as a manufacturer. Andringa started out at Vermeer in human resources, then moved to the advertising department and became involved in manufacturing operations. She championed lean manufacturing, which the company has now practiced for 25 years, and worked with her family members to create a solid governance structure to avoid the difficult leadership transitions family firms often face.
NAM represents 14,000 member companies, from small businesses to global leaders in every industrial sector.