A Manufacturer in the First Lady’s Box

By January 28, 2008General

The White House guest list for the First Lady’s Box at the State of the Union includes:

James “Jim” Barnard, Chief Financial Officer, Barnard Manufacturing (St. John’s, Michigan)
Jim Barnard is the Chief Financial Officer of Barnard Manufacturing, a production machine shop located in St. John’s, Michigan. Barnard Manufacturing is a family-owned business started out of a garage by Mr. Barnard’s father and his uncle. Today, the company has approximately 125 employees and specializes in the manufacture of heavy equipment pivot pins fabricated from bar stock steel, which are primarily used in heavy earthmoving equipment such as bulldozers. As CFO, Mr. Barnard’s responsibilities include purchasing. Small businesses are the backbone of the American economy, and President Bush has continued to be a strong supporter of them. On March 3, 2002, the President signed into law the Job Creation and Worker Assistance Act and on May 28, 2003, the Jobs and Growth Tax Relief Reconciliation Act, both of which make it easier for small businesses to grow, expand, and hire new employees. These two important pieces of legislation lowered the tax burdens on companies like Barnard Manufacturing and helped Barnard invest in new equipment and hire approximately 25 new employees. Recently, the President and the Congress have come to a tentative agreement on an economic growth package. As Mr. Barnard’s company continues to expand, it is investing in two new machines and anticipating the business tax provisions of this agreement.

Congratulations Jim and everyone at Barnard Manufacturing.

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