Manufacture Alabama announces that the Manufacture Alabama Board of Directors has elected Paul Vercher as its new president. Vercher, who is the director of government affairs for the United States Steel Corporation, will serve for a two-year term, effective September 16, 2021. Vercher has been a member of the board of directors of Manufacture Alabama for several years, the most recent of which was the Secretary. He succeeds Carl Gunter, plant manager of International Paper in Prattville, AL, who is retiring at the end of September.
“It has been an honor to serve on the board of directors of Manufacture Alabama for the past eight years,” said Carl Gunter. “The organization is poised for continued growth with strong leadership, a talented team and a bright future. I served alongside Paul for several years and know his leadership on the Board of Directors will be invaluable as the team strives to further improve the manufacturing environment in Alabama.
Vercher has worked for US Steel Corporation for over 14 years, serving as the Director of State Government Affairs since 2011. Prior to that, he held government affairs positions with the Business Council of Alabama, Alabama Rural Electric Association, Birmingham Regional Chamber. of Commerce and served on the staff of Alabama Governor Fob James and United States Senator Richard Shelby.
“I am both honored and excited about the opportunity to serve as Chairman of the Board of Directors of Manufacture, Alabama,” said Vercher. “I look forward to working with George and his talented team building on the positive momentum created since our organization’s inception while continuing to ensure that the voice of manufacturing is placed at the forefront in Washington and in Montgomery. “
“Paul’s long history with Manufacture Alabama, combined with his experience, expertise and skills, make him the ideal person for this role,” said George Clark, President of Manufacture Alabama. “The staff and I look forward to continuing to work closely with Paul to ensure that Alabama maintains a positive business environment and is a prime location for manufacturers. “
“I also want to thank Carl for his leadership and service to our organization over the years,” said Clark. “The past two years have been unlike any other in Manufacture Alabama’s history and Carl’s support has been crucial.