Congratulating the National Association of Trailer Manufacturers on Its 25Th Anniversaryby Representative Lynn Jenkins
Posted on 2013-01-25
in the house of representatives
Friday, January 25, 2013
Ms. JENKINS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize the National
Association of Trailer Manufacturers (NATM) on its twenty-fifth
anniversary, which will be celebrated at its annual convention and
trade show this year. I am proud to have this excellent organization
headquartered in my Congressional district in Topeka, Kansas.
NATM was founded in 1987 by a small group of 5 horse and livestock trailer manufacturers, and it has now grown to represent more than 400 trailer manufacturing companies and 350 supplier companies across the country. Many are small businesses, and these members collectively employ more than 270,000 workers who produce hundreds of thousands of trailers each year and contribute billions of dollars to our economy.
The core purpose of this association is to promote safety and best manufacturing processes across the light and medium duty trailer industry. Since its inception, NATM has worked to advance industry and public recognition of the importance of compliance with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, National Highway Transportation Safety Administration requirements, and industry guidelines. In order to advance this goal, NATM created a voluntary Compliance Verification Program in 2002. The program is designed to enhance safety in the industry by helping manufacturers to comply with federal safety requirements. Last year, association members voted unanimously to make participation in the program a condition of membership.
NATM and its members demonstrate dedication to improving safety and performance in the trailer industry by working with legislators and regulators alike to address issues of concern. I congratulate them on the milestone achievement of their 25th annual convention and trade show, and wish them many years of continued successes.