WASHINGTON, D.C. — Bob McKenna, president and CEO of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), has announced that Rep. Gary Peters (D-Mich.) will be this year’s recipient of the Joseph M. Magliochetti Industry Champion Award, a special recognition given to elected officials who have shown outstanding leadership on behalf of motor vehicle parts manufacturers. The Industry Champion Award is given annually in memory of Joseph M. Magliochetti, a previous MEMA chairman who also served as the chairman and CEO of the Dana Corp. until his death in 2003. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “The past 18 months have proved extraordinarily difficult for parts suppliers,” said McKenna. “Our members continue to face a weakened national economy and reduced access to credit, and yet we as an industry remain the nation’s largest manufacturing employer and a leader in producing the parts and technology that make today’s vehicles safer and more fuel-efficient. “Rep. Peters has played a key role in helping his Congressional colleagues understand the unique challenges the supplier industry is facing,” McKenna continued. “His leadership directly led to passage of a bill in the House that would significantly help suppliers continue to develop technologies that will be necessary for the next generation of vehicles.” McKenna also noted Peters’ support of tax credits for heavy duty safety and hybrid technology as well as his efforts to open up credit to small manufacturers. “In his short tenure in the House, he has truly done outstanding work on behalf of our industry. We are very pleased to present him with the Industry Champion Award,” McKenna concluded. “I am honored by this recognition,” said Peters. “I have more auto suppliers in my district than any other member of Congress, so helping auto suppliers weather the economic storm and transition into new technologies means jobs in my community. Auto suppliers and other small businesses are the engine of our economy and if we create an environment in which they can grow, they will lead our economic renewal.”Advertisement Peters will receive the award at MEMA’s upcoming Legislative Summit, scheduled for April 28-29 in Washington D.C. Other confirmed participants include Nicole Lamb-Hale, assistant secretary of commerce for Manufacturing and Services; political commentator Charlie Cook; and leading economist Kathryn Kobe.