WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today participated in two local forums focusing on job creation in the 15th District’s manufacturing sector. In the morning, Rep. Dent met with local members of the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) at an event hosted by Volvo Group North America at the Mack Customer Center in Allentown. Later in the day, Rep. Dent participated in a manufacturing roundtable hosted by the Manufacturing Resource Center at the organization’s Bethlehem facility.

“When Congress returns to Washington next week, we will intensify our efforts to help get Americans back to work,” said Rep. Dent. “In today’s difficult economy, American manufacturers continue to face complex challenges, but there are clearly many opportunities to foster growth that must be pursued. The input I received today from local manufacturers reinforces my commitment to encouraging job creation by modernizing the nation’s onerous tax code, reducing excessive and impractical regulation and improving access to foreign markets for domestically produced goods. I appreciate the candor of all the manufacturers who participated in today’s events.”

“Manufacturers of all sizes throughout Pennsylvania and those either directly employed in manufacturing or working as part of the supply chain want to see manufacturing grow. Today, manufacturers and Rep. Dent discussed how to work together to develop policies that support the manufacturing sector in Pennsylvania and across our country,” said Robin Crawford, Mack executive director of corporate affairs. “We thank Rep. Dent for taking the time today to meet with manufacturers.”

“In these uncertain economic times, manufacturers in Pennsylvania are fighting to remain competitive in the global marketplace,” said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. “Today’s forum was a positive opportunity for manufacturers to talk with Rep. Dent about the issues that impact their businesses and their ability to hire, including the pending free trade agreements, aggressive overregulation and the burdensome tax code.”

“Rep. Dent has always been very interested in manufacturing and understands the critical role manufacturers play in our local economy,” said Jack Pfunder, Executive Director/CEO of the Manufacturing Resource Center. “Charlie requested today’s meeting to stay informed of changes in the economy that are affecting local producers. I am certain the participants in this afternoon’s roundtable provided Charlie with the knowledge he needs to support manufacturing growth.”