This morning the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade held a manufacturing showcase before the first subcommittee hearing of the new Congress on manufacturing titled, “Our Nation of Builders: Manufacturing in America.” The showcase featured a variety of manufactured products from Congressional districts of different members on the subcommittee ranging from medical devices to high-tech electronics and 3D printers.
Manufacturer Corning featured optical fiber that is produced in Congressman Brett Guthrie’s district in Harrodsburg, Kentucky. Corning invented the world’s first low-loss optical fiber for communications more than 40 years ago and today produces a wide range of fibers for different use.
Other products included a 5 gallon safety can and F-15 funnel made by Eagle Manufacturing in Wellsburgh, West Virginia in Congressman McKinley’s district.
Chairman Lee Terry’s district featured a City of Omaha manhole cover made by Neenah Foundry in Omaha, Nebraska. Other products featured from his district included respirators, earmuffs and safety eyewear produced by 3M who have 300 employees in his district.
One of the most popular items at the showcase was the 3D printer from Direct Dimensions in Owings Mill, Maryland. New 3D printers can produces 3D images of scanned products or even people. It’ is truly amazing technology.
Today’s event was a fantastic way to show members of Congress the great products that are being manufactured right in their own backyards.