Seventh District Congressman Billy Long made a two-hour visit to Monett yesterday, stopping at two industries and visiting with members of the Industry Council over lunch.
"I visited two outstanding Monett businesses to hear directly from owners, managers and employees about their concerns with what's coming out of Washington that affects them," Long said. "As part of our constituent work week, we try and listen to as many people as we can in the Seventh District."
Long stopped at Clark Industries then toured Tyson Foods.
Jack Schulz, president of Clark Industries, said Long was most interested in learning more about Monett and the manufacturing base in the community.
"He wanted to know what our major concerns were to be moving forward and creating jobs," Schulz said.
David Young, Tyson plant manager, said Long wanted to get to know his constituents and become informed about the businesses and manufacturing in the district.
|"We talked about the manufacturing process and our primary market," Young said. "The Congressman was really interested in the international piece of the business, what export opportunities are important to us. We talked about our grower base, the number of people we employ and the economic impact Tyson has on the community.||He asked a lot of really good questions. We gave him a packet on who we are and what we do," Young added.|
The Monett Industry Council was invited to join Long at the plant for a light lunch and an informal roundtable discussion. Among the concerns raised was working with the Environmental Protection Agency in an environment where issues could be discussed without the threat of the imposition of mandates. The business leaders spoke about regulations draining jobs rather than fostering conditions where jobs can be created.
"It was a really good experience," Young said.
"I believe now more than ever that the way to create jobs is to get the government off of the back of the employers and the workers that drive our economy," Long said. "Obamacare, overregulation, and taxes are at the top of the list of small business concerns.
"I'm also working with [California] Congressman David Dreier on free trade issues to make sure our trade partners play fair and that quality Missouri products can find new markets overseas," Long added.