Jon Barganier has been named the new president and chief executive officer of Manufacture Alabama, a trade association dedicated to the interests and needs of manufacturers in the state.
Barganier succeeds George Clark, who founded the organization in 1996. Clark will continue to serve as director emeritus and president of workforce development as part of the transition.
“George Clark is the founder of Manufacture Alabama and under his vigilant leadership the manufacturing sector in our state has been well represented, enabling it to function as a dynamic driver for the state’s economy,” said Paul Vercher, chairman of Manufacture Alabama’s board of directors. “Jon is well positioned to continue to improve upon the precedent George has set and the board of directors looks forward to working with Jon to continue Manufacture Alabama’s strong leadership in the manufacturing sector.”
Barganier joined Manufacture Alabama in 2020 as chief operating officer. Prior to joining Manufacture Alabama, he served as executive director for the American Petroleum Institute’s Alabama office, as well as serving in appointed positions for three of Alabama’s governors. He is a graduate of the University of Alabama and obtained his MBA from Auburn University Montgomery.
“Manufacturing epitomizes the best of what Alabama has to offer and I am blessed to advocate on behalf of the companies that invest so much in our communities,” said Barganier. “I look forward to building on the foundation that George established while working with the best team in Montgomery to make Alabama a place where manufacturing continues to thrive.”