Local manufacturers cited the nation's approach to a "fiscal cliff" at year's end and lack of enforcement of trade policies as two of their top concerns during a manufacturer's roundtable conducted by Congressman Tom Reed yesterday. "This was the latest in a series of meetings we have been conducting to get frontline input from upstate manufacturers," Reed said. "Manufacturing jobs are key to our local economy, and we want to be sure we are doing all we can to help our companies survive and thrive during these difficult times."
An additional concern raised was the antagonistic approach of Washington regulators. "A more collaborative approach is what we're looking for from Washington," Reed explained. "Manufacturers and regulating bureaucrats should be working together to ensure appropriate and reasonable regulation rather than the `got ya' approach from D.C. that we see far too often."
The roundtable gathered many local manufacturers ranging from Corning, Inc., to Advanced Transit Manufacturing to Nucor to G.W. Lisk. The roundtable was hosted by Dresser-Rand at its Painted Post facility.