President Barack Obama said today he will appoint several people to his Council on Jobs and Competitiveness. Among the 22 appointments is Darlene Miller. The White House released this information about Miller in its announcement:
Darlene Miller is the owner and CEO of Permac Industries, a Minnesota machining company custom manufacturing precision parts for customers worldwide. She started working as a Sales Representative at Permac in 1992, became part owner in 1993, and became the sole owner of the company in 1994.
Under Ms. Miller’s leadership, Permac Industries was named the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year in 2008. Ms. Miller has been an active participant in a variety of industry and community organizations and is currently a board member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Minnesota Valley Medical Manufacturers network, which she co-founded in 2006.
The goal of the president’s council is to promote job growth through “investments in American business.”
UPDATE: Miller and her company were in the news during last fall’s Minnesota governor’s race. In September of 2010, Republican candidate Tom Emmer unveiled a jobs plan at a news conference at Permac. Emmer was a vocal critic of the federal economic stimulus. The Minnesota DFL party was quick to note that Permac received stimulus funding.