Alabama Congresswoman Terri Sewell has been named the 2020 recipient of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association Joseph M. Magliochetti Industry Champion Award, one of the highest honors in the industry.

Sewell, the Democrat representative of Alabama's 7th District, was presented with the award on November 9th in a virtual ceremony attended by several MEMA division leaders, including companies with facilities within Sewell's district.

The annual award is named in memory of Magliochetti, who was revered for his tenure in the supplier industry, and as MEMA's chairman focusing on advocacy and outreach on behalf of voter vehicle suppliers. He served as CEO and chairman for Dana Corporation until his death in 2003.

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Congresswoman Sewell was recognized for her efforts advocating for manufacturers as a leading member of the Ways and Means Committee. She dedicated her time in the House to successfully prevent the imposition the imposition of auto and parts 232 tariffs against U.S. allies.

“The growth of auto manufacturing in Alabama has created thousands of high-paying jobs and helped to change the cycle of poverty for many of my constituents," Congresswoman Sewell said. "I remain committed to ensuring the continued success of auto workers and the manufacturing industry in my district and across this country."

Alabama ranks in the top six states in the U.S. for supplier jobs, with over 41,000 Alabamians directly employed in the motor vehicle supplier industry. MEMA President and CEO Bill Long said in the ceremony that this is a great step in a continued effort to providing high-paying jobs across Alabama.

"The MEMA Board and our members believe that Congresswoman Sewell demonstrated extraordinary leadership on behalf of U.S. automotive and heavy-duty suppliers in 2020." Long said. "MEMA members look forward to working with Representative Sewell for many years to come."