U.S. Representative Judy Biggert (R-IL-13) this week toured Processing Technologies International LLC (PTi), an Aurora-based global supplier of sheet extrusion machinery for the plastics industry. During the visit, Biggert viewed the energy-efficient plastics processing technology, which produces energy savings of up to 35 percent. Biggert met with several company leaders and employees to discuss economic issues that impact the manufacturing and sustainable-technology industry.
"Manufacturing leaders like PTi drive prosperity here at home and can help lead our economy into a recovery, but Congress can and must do more to help create an environment in which American manufacturers can thrive," said Biggert. "At PTi, we had a very productive and insightful discussion about how the federal government can remove burdensome regulations, simplify the tax code, and promote fair trade policies that will result in manufacturing jobs in our community and across the nation."
"We're happy that Congresswoman Biggert could visit our facility and meet with our employees," said Dana Hanson, PTi president. "It was a great opportunity for us to show her the exciting developments at PTi and the leading-edge technology we've created for the plastics industry and discuss with her the challenges we face as an international supplier."
"I'm focused on reaching across the aisle to ensure that America's manufacturing workforce remains the best in the world and to ensure that innovative, sustainable technologies like those developed at Pti continue to flourish," said Biggert. "One important step in protecting economic growth in the manufacturing industry is putting the brakes on looming tax hikes that are scheduled to take place in January and would severely drain the resources of two-thirds of manufacturers that file taxes at the individual rate."
"As an employer of skilled workers and a manufacturer of high-tech plastic sheet extrusion machinery, PTi plays a critical economic role in Aurora and the state of Illinois," said William Carteaux, president and CEO of SPI: The Plastics Industry Trade Association. "I am pleased that SPI was able to arrange Representative Biggert's tour of the PTi facility. Plant tours are an excellent way for lawmakers to see innovative technology and understand first-hand how current public policy issues impact business."