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William G. Sutton, Former ARI President and ANSI Board Member, Nominated as Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services

New York, May 07, 2007

The White House announced Friday the nomination of William G. “Woody” Sutton to the seat of U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services. A former U.S. Navy Rear Admiral, Sutton most recently served as President of the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Institute (ARI)—an American National Standards Institute member representing manufacturers of more than ninety percent of North American-produced air conditioning and commercial refrigeration equipment.

Once confirmed, Sutton would serve as the Administration’s point person for the manufacturing and services sectors, overseeing the coordination and implementation of policies that enhance U.S. competitiveness globally. Together, the two industries account for nearly eighty percent of the nation’s gross domestic product.

“The manufacturing and services sectors need practical experience and a strong voice in Washington to continue their success in the global market place,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Carlos M. Gutierrez. “Woody Sutton understands the challenges facing both sectors and knows what it will take to help them grow and create jobs. I look forward to working with him to ensure America is the best place in the world for workers and businesses.”

Primary issues topping the agenda, Gutierrez notes, will focus on open markets, enforcement of trade laws, education, and sustaining a strong economic environment.

During his five-year tenure as ARI President, Sutton served on the Board of Directors of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), the Air-Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology Institute (ARTI), the North American Technician Excellence (NATE), and the Clifford H. “Ted” Rees Scholarship Foundation. A former vice chairman of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations, Sutton was also an active member of the U.S. Chamber’s Committee of 100.

In the U.S. Navy, Sutton served as Naval Aide to President Ronald Reagan and Director of Programs in the Navy Office of Legislative Affairs, in addition to numerous operational at-sea assignments.

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