In Muscatine, Manufacturing

By February 20, 2009Economy

From WQAD, television in the Quad Cities, “Grassley touts manufacturing role during downturn“:

MUSCATINE, Iowa – Bridgestone Bandag’s training center symbolizes the American economy these days. As the huge retread tires spin inside high-tech machines, they represent the spiraling job cuts across Muscatine County as national unemployment continues to circle the country.

While Sen. Charles Grassley voted against the recent stimulus package, he does find that tax breaks from the legislation could help to spark the workforce.

“That will be very helpful to the worker for consumerism to promote the economy from this end,” he said.

Sen. Grassley was honored by the National Association of Manufacturers on Thursday at Bridgestone Bandag Tire Solutions. The longtime legislator was recognized for supporting manufacturing’s role in the economy.

“Government can create an environment for entrepreneurship, and manufacturing is a great part of that,” he said. “We need to have strong manufacturing.”

Bridgestone Bandag’s website is here.

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