Congressman Kildee wants to help Michigan create more jobs

Published: Aug. 2, 2017 at 6:18 PM EDT
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(08/02/17) - Maintaining and creating jobs is important for any community. That's why Congressional Representative Dan Kildee is on a month-long tour throughout Mid-Michigan to find out what industries need to stay healthy.

"This is the kind of thing we need to grow, and anything I can learn about how this company works and what we can do to make sure we're creating an environment where they can potentially grow, that's what I need to know," Kildee said.

Kildee spent about an hour Wednesday afternoon at GLE Precision in Bridgeport Township. He's on a month-long effort to highlight Made in America manufacturing and get Congress to focus on job growth and rebuilding crumbling roads and bridges. Throughout August, Kildee will tour other businesses in his district, which includes Flint, Bay City, Saginaw and Tawas City.

GLE Precision employs 54 people and makes components for a variety of partners, including Eveready Batteries. They build machining for materials used in medical, technical and aerospace. Kildee talked with a number of employees throughout the plant to find out what they do.

Management at GLE was anxious to speak with Kildee because they want to make sure he understands what pressures are on small companies and what the federal government can do to make it easier for them to do business.

'There are certain issues that we wanted to speak with Dan today, and he allowed us to talk about those issues. Things like interest deductibility, import-export bank, as well as job creating and training in the community, whether it be tech colleges or co-op programs in the high schools. We had good dialog throughout that," said Clint Bucholz, GLE Precision general manager.

The workers at GLE said they had a fun time showing Kildee what they do for a living.