Vice President Mike Pence and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross joined National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons at SCHOTT North America’s Duryea, Pa., facility yesterday to call for the passage of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement and highlight the agreement’s critical importance to American manufacturers.
Today I’m headed to @schottusa’s Duryea, PA facility with @VP to discuss the importance of USMCA passage. This trade deal is critical to manufacturers in each and every state – we need certainty now. #USMCAnow https://t.co/Qa6rnaFdAY
— Jay Timmons (@JayTimmonsNAM) October 21, 2019
“A vote for the USMCA is a vote for America’s manufacturing workers,” Timmons said at the event. “Manufacturers are raising our voices in unison, calling on Congress to ratify this agreement and provide businesses with a level playing field and certainty to compete, grow and win in the global market.”
Canada and Mexico are critical partners for American manufacturers, purchasing one-fifth of the total value of U.S. manufacturing output and supporting about 2 million American manufacturing jobs.
"It's great to be back in the Keystone State!"@VP Mike Pence speaks to workers at SCHOTT North America Inc., a technology-based group of glass manufacturers and developers, in Duryea, PA. pic.twitter.com/OGJvWMT3be
— The Hill (@thehill) October 21, 2019
“The clock is ticking, so I want you to reach out,” Pence said. “Reach out to all of our elected officials in Washington, D.C. … and just tell them how important it is. Set politics aside and do what’s right for Pennsylvania and do what’s right for America.”
President Donald Trump also wrote a letter to SCHOTT, congratulating the glass manufacturer on its fiftieth anniversary. “Your products made here in the United States embody the industriousness of the American people and are a testament to the world-class quality of goods produced in our country,” Trump said.
Schott leaders provided a tour of their advanced optics production hub and research and development center for Pence, Ross and Timmons.
Honored to host @VP at our Duryea facility to highlight US manufacturing. High-precision optical glasses produced in #Duryea elevate America’s science, technology and defense industries. @ShopFloorNAM https://t.co/J0LP3UrXZB pic.twitter.com/nHolJaeuUm
— SCHOTT North America (@schottusa) October 22, 2019