Former Michigan Governor John Engler has set a number of goals as the new president of the National Association of Manufacturers.
He says he will try to lower manufacturers' healthcare costs, negotiate fair trade deals, and boost the number of students studying science.
The 55-year-old says the association's 12,000 members are facing serious challenges, including fierce foreign competition, double-digit growth in healthcare, and legal costs and government regulations.
Engler says changes are needed to keep manufacturing jobs in the United States.
He says NAM doesn't favor a national healthcare plan but supports the recent addition of a prescription drug benefit to Medicare and wants to see limits on malpractice awards.