Indiana Governor Eric J. Holcomb was honored last week 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. 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.”
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.
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.).