August 27, 2014
U.S. Rep Bill Huizenga, R-Mich., visited Industrial Innovations at its Grandville, Mich., facility to discuss how Congress can help boost U.S. manufacturing competitiveness through legislation. Huizenga and Troy Turnbull, owner of the company, originally met in Washington, D.C., in March 2014 during a One Voice summit, a federal government advocacy program comprising the National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA) and Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), designed to represent small and medium-sized manufacturers in the U.S.
Issues advocated by this group include the recent reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Investment Act, a job training bill that covers dozens of job training programs. This act is part of the ongoing efforts to close the skills gap in the U.S. manufacturing sector and enable employers to find and hire workers with the skills needed for competitiveness in modern manufacturing.
Additionally, One Voice is lobbying for tax reform. Small companies such as Industrial Innovations create the majority of new jobs in the U.S., and the tax burden on these businesses has grown over the past few years. This growing burden for small companies increases the challenges of compliance and reduces the capital needed to grow a business, be it for training or other investment, affecting the rate of economic growth.
Industrial Innovations is a provider of industrial lubrication and automation systems for operation in metalworking industries including stamping, metal forming, die casting, and machining.