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Tower Extrusions hosted Congressman Jodey Arrington and NFIB for small business challenge

U.S. Congressman Jodey Arrington (R-TX 19th District) participated in the “Small Business Challenge” for the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) hosted by Tower Extrusions Friday, Aug. 9.

Jake Bailey, manager of Tower Fab, said they were excited to host Congressman Arrington and the NFIB Small Business Challenge.

“We believe in free trade and minimal government interference. Congressman Arrington and his congressional colleagues have done great work that has stimulated the economy. He has done a good job representing [small businesses], and we appreciate him coming to see us,” Bailey said.  

Bailey cited the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 as a legislative action that helped to stimulate the economy, which has had a positive impact on small businesses like Tower Extrusions. Further, new rules for business depreciation of capital expenses have stimulated economic growth and encouraged investment in business, creating long-term benefits for competing on a global scale in years to come.

Shortly after arriving at the Tower Fab office, Congressman Arrington visited with Bailey and Mark McClelland, president and CEO of Tower Extrusions. Bailey said Arrington’s interest in small businesses is good, and he seems determined to keep the interests of small businesses at the forefront.

“Congressman Arrington took in our feedback and wants to make sure we can work together.  He said he wants to make sure he is representing our industry,” Bailey said.

Bailey led Congressman Arrington on the tour of Tower’s manufacturing floor, allowing time for a brief meet and greet with Tower employees. After the tour, Bailey led Arrington to his “workstation” allowing him to work with the CNC machine. “Congressman Arrington had a tour of Tower Fab to get a feel for what our business is like. We talked at length about rising health care costs and the impact those rising costs have on employees and small businesses being able to pay those costs,” Bailey said.

Touted as “an advocate and a voice of small business” throughout the U.S., NFIB was founded in 1943 and is a nonprofit member-drive organization dedicated to the needs of small businesses.

“We are thankful to have strong pro-business representation from Congressman Arrington in D.C.,” said Annie Spilman, NFIB representative for Texas

Tower Extrusions has been in business for 42 years, beginning with the purchase of Republic Aluminum Extrusion in Olney, Texas. Since 1977, Tower has grown with more than 900 employees and a vast customer base. As one of the largest independent aluminum extruders in North America, Tower is positioned to sustain its partnership with existing customers and build new partnerships to meet aluminum extrusion, finishing and fabrication needs.

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