JM Eagle Hosts Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer at Columbia Plant

October 2010

Missouri Congressman Tours Plastic Pipe Factory, Lauds Manufacturing Sector Job Creation

Los Angeles - October 28, 2010 — JM Eagle, the world's largest manufacturer of plastic pipe, welcomed Rep. Blaine Luetkemeyer (MO-9) to its plant in Columbia on Tuesday. The congressman toured the state-of-the-art facility located in his northeast Missouri district, met with employees and praised JM Eagle for fostering private sector job creation.

"Manufacturing jobs are critical to the growth of the 9th District and JM Eagle's Columbia facilities play an important role in that growth by providing hard-working folks with quality jobs that result in high-quality products," Luetkemeyer said. "It was great to meet with JM employees and hear first-hand about how critical manufacturing is to our community and our nation."

Rep. Luetkemeyer was greeted at the North Brown Station Road plant by JM Eagle's Area Sales Manager Brian Lang and Columbia Plant Manager Tom Ogden. During the hour-long tour of the facility to witness pipe being "extruded," or produced, the congressman spoke informally to nearly 50 employees and responded to questions.

"JM Eagle's growing presence in Columbia is critical to the production of our pipe, which sets the industry standard for quality, strength and reliability. With Missouri's unemployment nearing double digits and manufacturing jobs leaving the state, nothing is more important than keeping Missourians working," Lang said. Ogden added: "We are honored to have Congressman Luetkemeyer take time out of his busy schedule to tour our plant and share his views about the important role of manufacturing jobs to our state's economy."