Manufacture Alabama’s Board of Directors declared today the appointment of Jon Barganier as the new President and Chief Executive Officer, succeeding the organization’s founder, George Clark, who has been at the helm since its creation in 1996.
Barganier, who has been the association’s Chief Operating Officer since August 2020, steps into the role with extensive experience in state government and politics, having worked in the sector since 2006. Clark, who has led the organization for nearly three decades, will continue his association with Manufacture Alabama as Director Emeritus and President of Workforce Development, ensuring a smooth transition of leadership.
Paul Vercher, Chairman of the Board, expressed his confidence in Barganier, praising Clark’s foundational leadership, which has seen the manufacturing sector in Alabama become a pivotal force in the state’s economy. Vercher is optimistic that Barganier will build on this legacy and maintain the association’s influential role.
The outgoing President, Clark, reflected on his tenure with pride, highlighting the organization’s position as the voice for Alabama’s manufacturers and expressing his anticipation for a bright future under the new leadership.
Barganier acknowledged the weight of his new role and expressed his commitment to advocating for the state’s manufacturing community, aiming to further enhance Alabama’s stature as a manufacturing powerhouse.
Before his tenure with Manufacture Alabama, Barganier made his mark as the Executive Director of the American Petroleum Institute’s Alabama branch and served in various capacities under three Alabama governors. A proud alumnus of the University of Alabama, Barganier also holds an MBA from Auburn University Montgomery. He lives in Montgomery with his wife, Leigh, and their two sons.
Manufacture Alabama, serving as the sole trade association dedicated to the interests of manufacturers in the state, continues to represent a broad spectrum of industries, advocating for policies and conditions that foster industrial growth and economic health.