Today, Congressman Tim Walz toured Jones Metal Products in Mankato to discuss Made-in-America manufacturing and his commitment to ensure local manufacturers have the tools they need to compete in the world market and build our local economy.
"American manufacturing is on the rise and places like Jones Metal Products are proving that we can make things in America again," said Walz. "To continue building a strong middle class, we must ensure that these local manufacturing facilities--which provide good American jobs, wages, and benefits--have the tools they need to succeed."
Founded by Mildred M. Jones in 1942, Jones Metal Products currently has more than 150 employees on the payroll in both their Mankato and Owatonna locations and plan on hiring more over the next year.
Family owned and operated for 70 years, Jones Metal Products now serves, among others, the power generation, nuclear power generation, agricultural, and heavy construction equipment industries. They are also a second tier supplier to the U.S. Military.
Enterprise Minnesota, a non-profit business that works with small and medium sized American manufacturers to help them grow and compete, was also in attendance and applauded Walz for his work supporting the manufacturing industry.
"Congressman Walz supports key investments in Manufacturing and knows that manufacturers form the bedrock of many Minnesota communities. They offer high-wage, high-skill jobs that create economic opportunity and stability for the present and future," said Bob Kill, President and CEO of Enterprise Minnesota.