Explaining that in order to put our economy back on the right track, we have to start making things in America again, Democratic candidate for Congress David Cicilline detailed his Made in America …
Explaining that in order to put our economy back on the right track, we have to start making things in America again, Democratic candidate for Congress David Cicilline detailed his Made in America Block Grant proposal to help reinvigorate our manufacturing base this morning at Westfall Manufacturing in Bristol.
“No issue is more important right now than creating jobs for hardworking middle-class families, and Washington needs more innovative ideas and solutions to address the challenges we face," said Cicilline. "Manufacturing has long served as the foundation of Rhode Island's economy, and, in Congress, I will fight to establish a Made in America Block Grant to provide small manufacturers with the resources they need to compete in a new and changing economy and equip our workforce with the skills they need to succeed."
Cicilline's proposal calls for establishing a $2 billion Made in America Block Grant (MABG) program that will provide targeted federal allocations to retool existing small manufacturers and retrain workers to acquire the skills they need for green energy or high-tech jobs. The proposal will also establish a MABG Partnership Board consisting of the directors of state and local economic development agencies or their designees, representatives of state departments of labor, representatives of state and local workforce boards, and representatives of higher education to establish criteria for which companies to target with funds.
Funding for the program could come from a variety of sources, including ending the "carried interest" rule for hedge fund managers and passing Senator Sherrod Brown's proposal for a 50% tax on executive bonuses in excess of $25,000 at firms that received bailout funds (a detailed description of Cicilline's proposal is included at the end of this press release).
“As a small business owner, I know just how much we need this kind of innovative support for manufacturing,” said Bob Glanville, owner of Westfall Manufacturing. "A Made in America Block Grant is just what we need to expand and create more jobs for residents of the East Bay.”
Westfall Manufacturing is a custom-developed static mixer manufacturing company based in Bristol, RI. Founded in 1953 by John Westfall, the company originally produced primarily FRP components for original equipment manufacturers. Today, operating from a 25,826 square foot plant in Bristol, the company's eight employees construct volumetric feeders, special valves and electric controls for water treatment systems, skid mounted D.E. water treatment systems, Venturi flow meters and vacuum D.E. filters.