Congressman Paul Tonko today toured Kintz Plastic in Howes Cave, Schoharie County, telling employees that it's time for Washington to stop playing politics with the economy and focus on job creation. Congressman Tonko highlighted legislation he's working on to help put the unemployed back to work, including House Democrats' Make it in America plan, which encourages business to innovate and manufacture products in the U.S. that can be exported around the world by strengthening our infrastructure and increasing investments in key areas like education and clean energy.
"We need to build on companies like Kintz Plastics, which lead the way in innovation to create worldwide demand for their products and create good paying jobs for the middle class," said Congressman Paul Tonko. "It's critical that Washington gets to work on solutions that will help boost manufacturing and lead to job creation -- manufacturing is the key to our economic recovery. We need to partner with industry to provide the solutions that will help put people back to work."
Kintz Plastics, founded in 1976 by Wynn Kintz, manufactures plastic and composite products for the medical, transportation, and aerospace industries. It exports its products around the world, including to Israel, Ireland, and Canada. Kintz continues to refine and improve its manufacturing processes through research with the Center for Automated Technology Solutions at RPI in Troy. Kintz employs 88 people, some of which were hired and trained through a partnership with Hudson Valley Community College and the Fulton, Montgomery, and Schoharie Counties Workforce Development Board.
House Democrats' launched their Make it in America effort during the 111th Congress, passing six bills into law that encourage manufacturers to innovate, grow, and create good paying jobs for Americans. This summer, Democrats unveiled the Make it in America agenda for the 112th
Congress, which includes infrastructure investments, tax credits, tax reforms, and support for small businesses.
Congressman Tonko has also sponsored legislation to extend the Hiring Incentives to Restore Employment (HIRE) Act, which offers tax breaks to businesses that hire unemployed workers. The U.S. Treasury Department reported that the legislation led to 4.5 million new hires before it expired at the end of 2010.