The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

ACI CEO Melissa Hockstad Named Chair of NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations

Melissa Hockstad
  • CMA, as part of National Association of Manufacturers, Brings Together Business Leaders Within the Trade Association Community

Melissa Hockstad, President & CEO of the American Cleaning Institute (ACI), will serve as the Chair of the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) Council of Manufacturers Associations (CMA).

Made up of over 200 industry-specific manufacturing associations representing 130,000 companies worldwide, the CMA creates powerful partnerships across the industry and ensures manufacturers have the strongest possible voice.

Hockstad’s leadership position was announced during the CMA 2023 Winter Leadership Conference. She will serve along with Jennifer Abril, President and CEO of the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA), who will be the Vice Chair of CMA. Hockstad served as Council Vice Chair throughout 2022.

“Melissa and Jennifer are experienced and accomplished leaders who are well-positioned to continue the cooperative spirit that has made the CMA such an influential organization for our industry. To add to her long list of achievements, Melissa was just named 2023 Association Executive of the Year by Association TRENDS and CEO Update,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “I look forward to working with them to promote plans and policies that keep manufacturing resilient and uphold the values that have made America exceptional: free enterprise, competitiveness, individual liberty and equal opportunity.”

“The Council of Manufacturing Associations is a positive force for collective advocacy, industry thought leadership and association operations. We strive to be the group industry associations choose,” said Hockstad. “The country depends on our leadership, and I look forward to collaborating with the manufacturing association community to strengthen our voice and advance our competitiveness agenda in this new year.”

“The U.S. cleaning product supply chain is a vibrant part of our manufacturing sector, focused on advancing health and quality of life and protecting our planet,” said Hockstad. “I am proud to represent them within the broader manufacturing community.”

The CMA’s mission is focused on bolstering the industry’s nationwide grassroots mobilization efforts and improving the competitiveness of manufacturers in the United States. CMA members work with the NAM to unite the manufacturing association community, and ultimately the broader business community, around strategies for increased manufacturing job creation, investment and innovation in America.

The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI – is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. ACI members include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors. ACI serves the growth and innovation of the U.S. cleaning products industry by advancing the health and quality of life of people and protecting our planet. ACI achieves this through a continuous commitment to sound science and being a credible voice for the cleaning products industry.