3:43pm. And hello again! Natasha Haverty is back now from Massena, working on a story to air Monday morning on the 8 O’clock Hour. I asked her to tell me a little about Sen. Gillibrand’s appearance.
As expected, Gillibrand used the appearance to talk about her “Made in America Manufacturing Act.” She said the choice of the Alcoa plant to talk about the act reflected her belief that it’s time for New York state to spring back into being the kind of manufacturing state it once was, and has always had the capability of being.
Also at the event was United Steel Workers Local 458 President David LeClair, Jr. Natasha had a chance to talk with him. He told her the act feels overdue, but that he’s grateful and excited Sen. Gillibrand is working on it (and that she’s chosen to speak about it at the Alcoa plant.)
LeClair also told Natasha that the Alcoa board of directors is set to vote on a “modernization project” at the end of next month. Approval would mean new construction and upgrades at Massena East. Gillibrand mentioned that one reason she’d chosen Alcoa East as a significant place to announce the plan was that she wanted to express support for the project.
9:49am (original post)
Good morning! If you’re in Massena today in the area around the Alcoa plant, you may notice some extra traffic. That’s because US Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand will be there as well. She’s scheduled to be at Alcoa at 12:45, promoting the “Made in America Manufacturing Act”.
Gillibrand introduced that bill Feb. 18 in Ticonderoga, where she used the International Paper Mill as a backdrop to talk about how the bill would help “spark more growth in high-tech manufacturing sectors, jumpstart new businesses new businesses, and create good-paying jobs right here where we need them the most.”
Should it become law, the bill would establish a federal funding competition (as we know from the Regional Economic Development Councils, competitive funding is popular at the moment…) that would:
[E]ncourage…states and regional public-private partnerships to design and implement comprehensive strategies that spur growth for local manufacturing industries, particularly in the thriving fields of clean-tech and high-tech manufacturing, and that train workers with the skills that businesses need.
Our reporter Natasha Haverty is on her way to Massena now, so we’ll update when she gets back.