Representatives of the Cummins Inc. Jamestown Engine Plant were among those speaking at the first meeting of the House of Representatives' Manufacturing Caucus, co-chaired by U.S. Rep. Tom Reed, R-Corning.
The Manufacturing 101 kick-off event that included presentations from representatives of the National Association of Manufacturers, Cummins Inc.'s Jamestown Engine Plant and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute in Youngstown, Ohio. The caucus will hold monthly events and briefings to educate House members on manufacturing issues and the promotion of manufacturing in the United States.
"Tuesday's event was a great way to kick off the Manufacturing Caucus and get Members of Congress engaged in the Manufacturing industry and identify ways to maximize the industry's growth," Reed said. "Part of our job as members of the Caucus and co-chairs will be to facilitate communication between Congress and manufacturers of all sizes across the United States to focus on bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States. Together with frontline manufacturers, like Cummins Inc. of Jamestown, we will identify what steps we need to take to help our nation's job creators. Many thanks to Cummins Inc. for joining us and representing our 23rd district."
Reed welcomed a representative of Cummins Inc. in Jamestown to participate on the panel. Emily Foster, director of government relations of Cummins Inc., shared Cummins' experiences in the current economic climate, stressing how the uncertainty of the national debt is impacting the company's ability to make future economic projections.
Cummins Inc. employs more than 17,000 individuals in the United States and 1,400 in the Jamestown Engine Plant.