House Republican Leader Visits Deceuninck North America for Plant Tour and Town
May 12, 2009
John Boehner, House representative for the eighth district of Ohio and House
Republican Leader, visited Deceuninck North America's Monroe, Ohio, facility yesterday.
He began his visit by meeting with Mark Parrish, the company's president and chief
executive officer. During their meeting (which was closed to the press) Parrish
raised a number of discussion topics that he said were of key importance. These
included the energy-efficient window tax credit and the buy-American provision
of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act; the Freedom of Choice Act; public
school green building construction standards; and the implementation of the Energy
Independence Act of 2007.
Parrish told USGNN.com that Rep. Boehner, whose background prior to politics
was in the plastics industry, was very attuned to the homebuilding industry.
was in the moment and aware of our processes here and the fact that we have had
to close two plants in the past two years," said Parrish, adding that while
Deceuninck, like so many others in the building products industry, has been faced
with difficult times, he is still looking forward to a North American expansion
strategy when the economy can support that.
"That's part of the reason I invited him here; because we are invested
and committed to a North American presence and expansion. We're here to stay,"
said Parrish who noted that even though Rep. Boehner had not supported the stimulus
plan, it indeed has benefited the company.
"We've recently started hiring again and our orders are increasing,"
Following the meeting, Rep. Boehner took part in a plant tour that focused
on several areas including product development, tooling, testing, compounding
and other production aspects. As a manufacturer of vinyl extrusions, Deceuninck
serves the residential new construction and remodeling markets, as well as light
Rep. Boehner's visit concluded with a town hall meeting, which allowed employees
the opportunity to ask questions, many of which focused on current economic conditions.
"You all know how difficult the economy is right now," Boehner said.
"It's our biggest challenge."
Looking at the stimulus plan, the program is one that Boehner did not support.
However, he is still optimistic.
"The $800 billion stimulus was supposed to be about [jobs], but it seems
to be more about spending," he said, but added that he has seen encouraging
signs lately that the economy is getting better.
One question an employee asked related to energy costs. Faced with increasing
energy prices, the employer raised concerns over companies leaving Ohio to operate
in a less costly area. "What can be done to address the cost of energy?"
the employee asked.
"We can't expand the economy without expanding the energy used; the question
is where you get that energy," Boehner answered. He said that right now wind
and solar only produce about 1 percent of the nation's energy. "Long term,
though, that's the right thing to do," he said, adding that what's also important
is expanding the amount of energy that is available, including nuclear power.
"But you still need more American-made oil, coal, fuel, etc." Boehner
In a time in which there is so much economic uncertainty, Boehner's visit was
a great experience for many of the company's employees.
"The employees were very excited to have the opportunity to showcase the
plant," said Jon Hauberg, director of product research and development. "More
than a dozen [employees] I talked with this morning expressed their excitement."
"Our employees know that we would not have invested the time, energy and
effort into this visit [if we weren't serious] about our future here," added
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