RCBI To Honor NAM’s Hank Cox

Hank Cox, vice president of media relations with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM)HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- The Robert C. Byrd Institute for Advanced Flexible Manufacturing (RCBI) will present its 2008 Distinguished Alumnus in Manufacturing Award to Hank Cox, vice president of media relations with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM). Cox will receive his award at the annual Marshall University Alumni Association Awards Banquet at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 12, at the Marshall Memorial Student Center.

In conjunction with Marshall University and the Marshall Alumni Association, RCBI presents the award to recognize particular individuals who have made outstanding achievements in and contributions to the manufacturing sector.

“Hank is responsible for translating the NAM’s viewpoint on complex manufacturing issues into clear language and conveying the information to the news media, the association’s members and the general public,” RCBI Director and CEO Charlotte Weber said. “He is an outspoken advocate for manufacturing and a recognized expert on the complex forces affecting the manufacturing environment.”

Cox is a graduate of the Class of 1968 at Marshall, where he followed in the footsteps of two older brothers and his mother, the late Meriam Byrum Cox, a teacher of Latin and English at Barboursville High School, who did her graduate work at Marshall. He is married to Cheryl Jaksich Cox of Perth, Australia. They have two daughters, Rachel and Sarah, and live in Takoma Park, Maryland.

“We are proud of Hank and congratulate him on this important honor,” NAM President John Engler said. “Hank is a natural born communicator and has a knack of delivering the association’s message in a folksy, man-on-the-street manner that is very effective and engaging.”

NAM is the nation’s largest industrial trade association, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the organization has 11 additional offices across the country.

RCBI offers a wide range of services to manufacturers through its manufacturing technology centers in Huntington, South Charleston, Bridgeport and Rocket Center (near Keyser in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle). Included are access to state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment, extensive workforce development and technical training opportunities, quality certification and online business development services.