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MEMA Presents State Leadership Award to Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb

Date: January 23, 2019

The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association, which represents the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the United States, gives the award to recognize state leaders who have worked diligently on behalf of motor vehicle parts manufacturers.

January 23, 2019 – Washington, D.C. –  Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb was honored today by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) as the 2018 recipient of the MEMA State Leadership Award, a special recognition given to state elected officials who have shown outstanding leadership on behalf of motor vehicle parts suppliers. MEMA and its four divisions (the Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association, the Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association, the Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association, and the Original Equipment Suppliers Association) represent an industry that directly employs more than 871,000 Americans. The award comes at a time of unprecedented change for the industry, as it adjusts to swift advances in technology and a changing global market.

“Governor Holcomb has proven time and again to be a friend to the important motor vehicle parts supplier industry,” said MEMA Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Bill Long. “Governor Holcomb has been a champion for our industry, which depends on the ability to compete in a global marketplace. MEMA is pleased to recognize his efforts with this award, which carries great significance within our industry.”

“I’m honored to be recognized by the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association and this industry that is so critical to the American economy,” said Governor Holcomb.  “I look forward to continuing to push for policies which create jobs in Indiana and across the country in this very important and growing manufacturing sector.”

Indiana is the third largest state for employment in the motor vehicle parts supplier industry, with more than 88,000 residents employed by motor vehicle parts suppliers. Overall, the industry contributes nearly 3 percent of the U.S. gross domestic product. Employment by suppliers is up 19 percent since 2012, generating a total direct and indirect employment impact of 4.26 million jobs. 

Governor Holcomb, a Republican and veteran of the United States Navy, was elected in November 2016. He led the way for the largest long-term infrastructure investment in Indiana’s history with the 20-year Next Level Roads program, which will invest $4.7 billion for roads and bridges in the first five years. He has also championed the Next Level Jobs program to help get more Hoosiers into high-demand, high-wage jobs. He has a mission to make Indiana competitive in the global economy by “bringing the world to Indiana and taking Indiana to the world.” So far, the governor has met with officials and industry leaders in the United Kingdom, Japan, Italy, France, and more to showcase Indiana’s assets and build global economic ties.

The MEMA State Leadership Award is given for outstanding assistance to the motor vehicle supplier industry by an elected official, who is nominated by a MEMA division member and approved by the MEMA Board of Directors. Past MEMA State Leadership Awards have been presented to Gov. Jay Nixon (D-Mo.), Gov. Steve Beshear (D-Ky.), Gov. Rick Snyder (R-Mich.), and Gov. Nikki Haley (R-S.C.).

PHOTO Left to Right:
Scott Shades, President of Aisin Drivetrain; Indiana Gov. Eric J. Holcomb; Melissa Sauer, Executive Director, Corporate Affairs & Communications, Allison Transmission; Allison Karns, Managing Director Government Relations, Allison Transmission; Ken Morris, Director of Sales, ADVICS; Misti Rice, Executive Director of Government Affairs, Magna; Raga S. Elim, Senior Counsel, Government Relations Americas Sabic

About MEMA 
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise a leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA serves as a critical bridge between high-tech capabilities in new vehicles –such as autonomous vehicles and vehicle connectivity—and the “nuts and bolts” of vehicle manufacturing. MEMA works at state, federal, and international levels to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA), and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit

Cindy Sebrell
Vice President, Communications


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