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MONTGOMERY—Manufacture Alabama is pleased to announce the promotions of Robin Ricks to Vice President of Policy and Advocacy and Amanda Salazar to Vice President of Communications and Membership.

Ricks, who has been serving as the Director of Special Programs and Workforce Development, first joined Manufacture Alabama in April 2019 and has managed the association’s policy and committee work. Prior to her time at Manufacture Alabama, she served in talent acquisition and human resources roles in the manufacturing sector. Ricks has a passion for supporting the people who make up the manufacturing workforce and has focused on Alabama’s workforce development ecosystem and it’s impacts on manufacturing operations. In her new position, she will continue shaping and advancing Manufacture Alabama's policy initiatives, fostering collaboration, advocating for the interests of the manufacturing sector, and driving positive change within the industry. In addition, Ricks will continue to serve as the Executive Director of Girls Learning About Manufacturing, Inc.

Salazar has held the position of Director of Member Engagement since December 2019. Since coming on board, the association has seen the results of an expanded membership and record-setting attendance at hosted events of which both fall under her purview. Salazar has implemented her strategic communication skills and commitment to cultivating meaningful connections within the membership base resulting in a stronger association. As the newly appointed Vice President of Communications and Membership, she will continue to lead initiatives that enhance the association's internal and external communications, drive membership recruitment and increase overall engagement with members. Salazar earned her B.A. from Auburn University where she studied Public Relations.

“Robin and Amanda both play critical roles in the success of manufacturing in our great state,” said Jon Barganier, Manufacture Alabama President and CEO.  “I am confident that their contributions will support our ongoing efforts and commitment to making Alabama a place where manufacturing continues to thrive. Their promotions are a testament to the culture of excellence fostered within our association.”


Manufacture Alabama is the only trade association in the state dedicated exclusively to the competitive, legislative, regulatory and operational interests and needs of manufacturers and their partner industries and businesses. MA represents hundreds of companies – from the most recognized international corporations to small, family-owned operations – that share common interests and face similar competitive challenges. Each one is a vital component of Alabama’s economy and job base. To learn more, visit:

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