WHITESTOWN — With manufacturer Tect Power providing a backdrop, Rep. Richard L. Hanna introduced his "HARVEST" plan to grow jobs.
The plan features areas ranging from high-tech manufacturing to agriculture and veterans in the work force to educating children to work and succeed locally.
"The goal for me has always been helping to foster private sector job creation in Upstate New York," said Hanna, R-24, Barneveld. "Our community faces economic challenges, but we also have tremendous assets that can be leveraged with creative policies. I will continue to work in Washington to help create an atmosphere to preserve and create good jobs Upstate so that our children may work and live here for generations to come."
His package includes:
-- Cutting taxes on businesses.
-- Expanding eligibility for federal Farm Service Agency loans to give farmers more access to credit;
-- Extending the Veterans’ Administration’s ability to cover tuition and fees for veterans in non-public schools;
-- Allowing a tax credit for teachers taking Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics education program courses;
-- Reauthorizing the Small Business Innovation Research program, which helps feed federal research and development grants to small businesses; and
-- Reauthorizing federal highway and transit programs.
Tect Power at Halsey and Gibson roads makes engine-ready components for aerospace and industrial gas turbine customers. It manufactured airfoils for the first jet engines as well as components for the Saturn V rocket that launched the Apollo program into space. Tect also produces titanium fan blades.
Separately, but of interest to Tect Power, Hanna supported a provision in the House version of 2012 Defense bill that would require the Pentagon to assess the amount of foreign specialty metals currently being used in military aircraft and engines and report to Congress with its findings. This report would raise awareness of the reliance on specialty metals from foreign countries like Russia at the expense of American manufacturers like Tect Power.
If successful in amending the law, officials say it will allow Tect Power to purchase its raw materials for about 40-percent cheaper from countries like Russia and China. In 1941, Congress passed the Berry Amendment to promote the purchase of certain U.S. goods.
Tect’s Halsey Road plant currently employs 178. The congressman said manufacturing jobs like these are important to keep in the area, along with planning for growth in other industries.