-  Bullock will help marshal research, innovation and education efforts to produce a high-quality manufacturing workforce and support U.S. competitiveness

BOCA RATON, FL, 3/16/12 – Ronald Bullock, chairman of Bison Gear & Engineering Corp. in St. Charles, IL, was elected chair of The Manufacturing Institute (the Institute ) Board of Trustees yesterday. He will begin his two-year term immediately. Bullock succeeds Robert Ratliff, Retired Chairman, President & Chief Executive Officer, AGCO, in this voluntary leadership position.

“Ron is a powerful voice and a true champion of U.S. manufacturing.  His business acumen coupled with his passion for “making things” will position him as a great leader of the Institute’s mission to drive manufacturing competitiveness through education, innovation and research,” said Emily DeRocco, president, The Manufacturing Institute.  “His dedication to developing the next generation of manufacturing talent through quality recruitment and education programs is an asset to the Institute and his fellow manufacturing colleagues.”

"Ron has been a committed member of the Trustees for the Institute and has provided strong leadership in all of his participation,” said Ratliff.  “He has been great to work with and I am confident his leadership will continue the effectiveness and growth that has marked the Institute in the past several years."

“Manufacturing has been a life-long passion of mine and I am enthusiastically looking forward to continued progress by The Manufacturing Institute in helping develop pathways to great careers in Manufacturing,” said Bullock.

Bullock is chairman of Bison Gear & Engineering Corp., a family-owned global supplier of electric motors and gearmotors used in a wide variety of commercial equipment.  In addition to his role on the NAM’s Board of Directors, Bullock is a past Chair of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association and currently leads their Education Foundation.  In 2009, he was appointed by the Governor to Illinois’ P-20 Council to help align and improve education throughout the entire state system and led the team that developed a program of study for the Manufacturing STEM Learning Exchange. Bullock is a graduate of Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Systems Analysis and was elected an Eminent Engineer by Tau Beta Pi.

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