Tue August 22, 2017

Taking advantage of the August recess to visit businesses in their districts, U.S. Representatives from Michigan Mike Bishop (R-Rochester) and Dan Kildee (D-Flint Township) toured PLASTICS member companies to get first-hand looks at the manufacturing processes, speak with employees and hear concerns from management about difficulties in finding skilled workers, the need for tax reform and the importance of providing affordable health care for employees.

Rep. Mike Bishop (left) at Bekum America

Representative Bishop visited Bekum America Corporation in Williamston, Michigan, on August 9 during a tour of small businesses organized by the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce.  During the tour of the shop floor, the congressman was educated on extrusion blow molding and watched as machinery was being manufactured.  He was briefed on Bekum’s apprenticeship program and saw current apprentices working side-by-side with Bekum employees.  After the tour, Representative Bishop, a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means, discussed the possibility of tax reform in 2017 with members of Bekum’s management team.

Rep. Dan Kildee (left) at Bay Plastics

Representative Kildee visited Bay Plastics Machinery in Bay City, Michigan, on August 11 on a tour facilitated by PLASTICS.  The congressman toured the tooling shop, lab and assembly area.  A manufacturer of pelletizers, BPM got help from the congressman as he installed a feed roller into a machine using an overhead crane.  There was discussion throughout the tour about the critical need for skilled workers in mid-Michigan as BPM continues to grow its business domestically and internationally. A local television station followed the congressman on his tour and reported on the visit.