PMA Member Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Senator McCainSeptember 1, 2008
Richard Bayer, president of Bayloff Stamped Products in Van Buren Township, MI, hosted Senator John McCain at his plant for a town hall meeting on July 10. Addressing a large crowd, Sen. McCain focused on the economy and energy. PMA member Jim Zawacki, CEO of GR Spring & Stamping in Grand Rapids, MI, and Wes Smith, president of E&E Manufacturing in Plymouth, MI, asked the senator about trade reform and R&D tax credits. He responded that he believes in free trade, and said that America’s economic success depends greatly on continued innovation. He also said he supports a permanent extension of the R&D tax credit. He talked at length about the need to eliminate dependence on foreign oil and pushed for a diversified approach of domestic drilling, nuclear, wind, solar and battery fuel-cell technology. At a press conference after the event, Sen. McCain also addressed the issue of union card-check and said he supports workers’ right to a secret ballot, a position PMA strongly supports.