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Congressman John Garamendi Tours Local Manufacturers on National Manufacturing Day

October 5, 2018
Press Release

FAIRFIELD, CA – Today, Congressman John Garamendi, a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and a member of the Congressional “Make It In America” Task Force, commemorated national Manufacturing Day by touring local manufacturers throughout the Third Congressional District. To start the day, Garamendi kicked off a forum for his Manufacturing Advisory Board, where he was joined by representatives from the United Steelworkers and the Alliance for American Manufacturing.  After the forum, the group toured three local manufacturing facilities: the Jelly Belly Candy Company; ergSol Inc, a manufacturer of solar thermal systems; and the Colavita Olive Oil manufacturing facility.

“Manufacturing comes in all shapes and sizes, from advanced technology, to solar panels, to food processing, and all of it is a vital aspect of our economy,” said Garamendi. “National Manufacturing Day is our annual opportunity to highlight the importance of our manufacturing sector and meet with local manufacturers to devise strategies that can promote a Make It In America Agenda.”

“Our manufacturing sector has seen a resurgence this decade, but there’s more we need to do to keep that going. I believe in ensuring that our educational policies, trade policies, energy policies, and communications infrastructure facilitate the growth of our manufacturing sector as part of a comprehensive national strategy. Throughout my career in Congress, I have worked to promote a Make It In America agenda by promoting issues such as Buy America requirements for public transit infrastructure, where an amendment I authored increased the domestic content requirement for rail cars from 60% to 70%, and introducing my Energizing American Shipbuilding Act, which will rebuild our shipbuilding sector by requiring that certain energy exports travel on U.S.-built, flagged, and operated ships.”

“Let’s use National Manufacturing Day to shine a light on the benefits of American manufacturing, and inspire the next generation of manufacturers. Doing so will make our community, and our country, even stronger.”