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Chuck Hadden

President and CEO
Michigan Manufacturers Association

  • Named President and CEO on September 15, 2008
  • 15+ years of experience with the nearly 3,000-member MMA; previously public policy officer and lead lobbyist representing manufacturers before the legislature and state agencies on a broad range of issues, including taxation, product liability, employment and insurance; instrumental in obtaining passage of legislation, including restructuring of Michigan's tax and energy policies, that will benefit the manufacturing sector for years to come
  • Certified Association Executive (CAE), American Society of Association Executives, 2004; Finance for Executives Program, University of Chicago Booth School of Business, 2009
  • Graduate of Alma College, coursework in Administrative and Organizational Behavior with Central Michigan University's Master of Arts Program

Michigan's Manufacturing Renaissance

by Chuck Hadden
Michigan Manufacturers Association

"Mitten/Michigan envy" is back, with a vengeance. It's been a long, hard road to travel, but Michigan's manufacturing sector has rebounded beyond the wildest expectations of industry experts only a few short years ago.

The state's industrial sector has reversed the trend from losing 47 percent of manufacturing employment between 2000 and 2010 to gaining 26,400 manufacturing jobs in 2011 -- almost 12 percent of all new manufacturing jobs nationwide.

The road to recovery has been difficult, with Michigan feeling the effects of the Great Recession before most states ever heard the phrase uttered. The good news is that we were first in and first out, with our revamped auto sector leading the way. The changes that have been made in the domestic auto industry have enabled our Big Three to be more competitive -- and profitable -- which is critically important to the state that is home to 24 percent of the nation's entire auto industry.

As President Obama noted in his 2012 State of the Union Address, "General Motors is back on top as the world's number one automaker. Chrysler has grown faster in the U.S. than any major car company. Ford is investing billions in U.S. plants and factories. And, together, the entire industry added nearly 160,000 jobs."

Our auto industry has come a long way. So has the rest of our broad manufacturing base. They've come through the worst economic storm in recent history and are now well-positioned to compete in the global marketplace. With the recession behind us and the significant achievements made last year on removing regulatory burdens and advancing pro-manufacturing policies through MMA's work with the Michigan Legislature and Governor Rick Snyder, 2012 promises to be a great year for the Great Lakes State and the manufacturers who choose to make it their home.

Michigan Manufacturers Association 
The Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA) is the state's leading advocate exclusively devoted to promoting and maintaining a business climate favorable to industry. MMA's goal is to make it possible for Michigan manufacturers to compete successfully in the national and international marketplaces.

Through effective representation of its membership before the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government on issues of importance to the manufacturing community, MMA works to foster a strong and expanding manufacturing base in Michigan. For more information, visit mma-net.org or call Amy Wolgamott, MMA Vice President of Communications and Marketing, at 517-487-8513.

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