Today, Congressman Rob Woodall (R-GA-7) met with executives and employees of IPC member-companies, Hunter Technology in Lawrenceville, Ga. and Viscom in Duluth, Ga., as part of a nationwide effort to discuss with policymakers legislative and regulatory issues that affect the electronics manufacturing industry. IPC and its member companies have hosted more than a dozen Members of Congress in 2014 at a variety of locations across the country.
“I’m grateful to Hunter Technology and Viscom for inviting me out to their operations today,” said Rep. Woodall. “The opportunity to hear first-hand from those who work in the manufacturing industry is tremendously helpful. We’re fortunate to have such a robust manufacturing community in the Seventh District, and it’s vitally important that we in Washington, D.C. work in cooperation with our local job-creators and innovators rather than in opposition to them.”
Hunter Technology provides a full range of electronic design, manufacturing and test services. “On behalf of IPC, Hunter Technology, our 350 employees and their families, I’d like to thank Congressman Woodall for his visit to our Lawrenceville factory and for his ongoing support of the manufacturing industry” said Joe O’Neil, President and CEO of Hunter Technology and Vice Chairman of IPC’s Board of Directors.
Viscom is one of the leading suppliers of high-quality inspection systems for electronics assemblies. “It is important for the manufacturing sector to reach out to policymakers and provide a first-hand look at our industry, and I want to personally express our appreciation to Congressman Woodall for taking the time to hear our perspectives,” said Carsten Salewski, CEO of Viscom.
Rep. Woodall toured the facilities and discussed with staff at both sites important policy and regulatory issues impacting the electronics manufacturing sector. Of particular importance was the Revitalize American Manufacturing and Innovation (RAMI) Act. The RAMI Act, recently passed by the U.S. House of Representatives, is awaiting Senate approval. The bill will establish multiple centers for manufacturing innovation, known as Institutes for Manufacturing Innovation (IMI). These centers will focus on different technology areas to strengthen advanced manufacturing in the United States.
Rep. Woodall’s visits were part of IPC’s “Meet the Policymakers” program, through which IPC government relations staff arrange opportunities for IPC members to host elected officials at company locations. IPC member companies interested in hosting a legislator should contact IPC Vice President of Government Relations John Hasselmann at JohnHasselmann@ipc.org.