February 2013- U.S. Senator Gillibrand visits Harper to Announce Manufacturing Act

GillibrandHarper International was pleased to have Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) announce her launch of the “Made in America Manufacturing Act” at their facilities on February 11, 2013. Gillibrand introduced this legislation that is intended to boost advanced manufacturing in New York State, along with Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, and Buffalo Niagara Partnership Vice President Craig W. Turner.

This act will impact high-tech and clean-tech manufacturing, such as Harper International, as well as other industries, with the creation of a federal funding competition that encourages states and regional public-private partnerships to design and implement comprehensive strategies that spur growth for local manufacturing industries and that train workers with the skills that businesses need.

“As a New York state business manufacturing in the US to serve global customers in a highly technical market, we are pleased to help Senator Gillibrand celebrate this initiative that supports companies like ours who are focused on growing US jobs, from manufacturing to R&D,” said Chuck Miller, President Harper International. “We try to do our part to help strengthen the supply chain and manufacturing base in the western New York area, and the investment in workforce and research promoted by this Act will also yield tremendous benefits for American competitiveness on an even broader scale. Initiatives such as this are key to support the manufacturing sector’s goal to accelerate technical advancement to garner maximum value.”