January 11, 2011

Whitehouse Announces Manufacturing Agenda in Pawtucket

RI Senator Continues “Making It in RI” Tour of Local Businesses

Pawtucket, RI – During the second stop on his “Making it in Rhode Island” tour, Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) today released his manufacturing jobs plan at North East Knitting in Pawtucket. Continuing his efforts to support local businesses, Whitehouse outlined his legislative priorities for the next Congress.

During his tour today, Whitehouse heard about the competition North East Knitting is experiencing from Central America and China. Two provisions in his plan, ending tax benefits for companies that ship jobs overseas and stopping China’s unfair currency manipulation, would benefit North East Knitting.

“From the textiles of Slater Mill to the submarines of General Dynamics Electric Boat, Rhode Island has always led the way in producing for our nation. Global competition presents new challenges for Rhode Island manufacturers and I will continue to advocate for programs that level the playing field, help our companies to grow and prosper, and create new jobs,” said Whitehouse.

As the next phase of his work to create jobs in Rhode Island, the plan issued today provides a blueprint for proposals that will support local businesses and help maintain their competitiveness in a global market. Senator Whitehouse will be working on legislation to accomplish these goals during the next Congress.

Starting last Friday, Senator Whitehouse’s tour is visiting local businesses to discuss his ongoing efforts to support local manufacturing, the challenges facing our economy, and proposals to help manufacturers and small businesses grow and succeed.

About North East Knitting: “Established in 1986, North East Knitting, Inc. is a seasoned team of experts with more than 30 years of expertise in manufacturing and developing narrow fabrics. They have become a leader in the apparel, orthopedics, ergonomics, safety, body armor, home furnishings and industrial markets.”


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