U.S. Senator Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) has received the National Association of Manufacturers' Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence for his strong support of pro-manufacturing policies.
"Pennsylvania's manufacturers provide hundreds of thousands good-paying jobs while creating high-quality products. My goal in Washington is to support and introduce policies that will help Pennsylvania and America manufacture even more," Sen. Toomey said.
Key policies championed by Sen. Toomey and recognized by the award include voting to repeal President Obama's health care law, supporting efforts to expand domestic energy production, and backing efforts to decrease regulatory and tax burdens on small businesses.
Pennsylvania employers and business leaders thanked Sen. Toomey for his work in support of the state's manufacturing jobs.
"It's no surprise that Sen. Toomey has earned the NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. Sen. Toomey has been able to accomplish this with a boots-on-the ground mentality as he has visited my facilities numerous times and heard concerns of manufacturing in Pennsylvania," said Bill Polacek, chief executive officer of JWF Industries in Johnstown.
"Sen. Toomey has been an advocate for manufacturing ever since he has been a candidate for public office. I wish to congratulate him on the prestigious NAM Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence," said Jerry Eighmy, chairman of American Turned Products Co. in Fairview Township in Erie County.
"Sen. Toomey has earned the respect of manufacturers with his support of the people that innovate, create, and make up the backbone of American ingenuity," said Mark Hanaway, vice president of Tech Molded Plastics Inc. in Meadville.
"I would like to congratulate Sen. Toomey on his award and for all his efforts for manufacturing in the state. Because of his support, our company has grown and will continue to do so with the senator's pro-business support," said Jeff Sawicki, president of D&E Machining in Corry.
"Thanks to Sen. Toomey for taking a consistent stand to support legislation that seeks to level the playing field for manufacturers like C&J Industries. Like most manufacturers around the country, C&J isn't looking for government handouts; we simply want to compete fairly in a global economy. It's great to know that manufacturers have a voice in Washington that they can count on," said Dennis Frampton, president of C&J Industries in Meadville.
"Our congratulations to Sen. Toomey for being recognized by NAM. Certainly all of us in manufacturing very much appreciate his commitment to industry, and especially those of us engaged in the defense community. We're pleased to acknowledge Sen. Toomey's leadership in emphasizing the importance of manufacturing in our economy and its importance in creating family sustaining jobs," said John F. Pullo, vice-president of Ground Systems, Gentex in Lackawanna County.
"Sen. Toomey is a pro-growth leader who understands and values the contributions of Pennsylvania's manufacturing employers. In Congress, Sen. Toomey continues to fight for spending restraint, regulatory reform, and pro-growth tax relief so Pennsylvania's manufacturing sector can continue to uphold the quality of life for citizens and communities across our commonwealth," said David Taylor, executive director of the Pennsylvania Manufacturers' Association.
"While many elected representatives talk about the importance of manufacturing to the U. S. economy, Sen. Toomey has invested a great deal of time visiting manufacturing plants in Pennsylvania to learn first-hand about the issues facing the industry. I am proud to support Sen. Toomey and congratulate him on earning the NAM Manufacturing Excellence award," said Mike Smeltzer, executive director of the Manufacturers' Association of South Central Pennsylvania.
NAM recognized 48 senators and 248 members of the U.S. House of Representatives this year for their voting records in support of pro-manufacturing policies, including energy, taxes and regulations.