Pennsylvania congressman tours SeaStar Solutions plant

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U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., (center) was given a tour by SeaStar Solutions plant manager Robert James (right) last week. Rick Hornberger, vice chairman of United Auto Workers Local 644, was among the employees that Costello met during his visit.

U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., (center) was given a tour by SeaStar Solutions plant manager Robert James (right) last week. Rick Hornberger, vice chairman of United Auto Workers Local 644, was among the employees that Costello met during his visit.

U.S. Rep. Ryan Costello, R-Pa., toured the SeaStar Solutions plant in Limerick, Pa., last week and met with workers to understand the impact of the business on the community, as well as the larger U.S. economy.

The National Marine Manufacturers Association was on site for the visit, during which SeaStar employees also provided Costello with insight on the challenges and opportunities they face each day.

The NMMA also said it briefed Costello on the economic impact of recreational boating in the state and around the United States, its position on key policies, such as tax reform, and the fact that recreational boating is a “Made in America” industry with 95 percent of all boats sold domestically made in this country.

"We have been boosting our government-relations work across the board, including working to highlight NMMA members and educate their local members of Congress about what they do and about the recreational boating industry overall," NMMA spokeswoman Ellen Hopkins told Trade Only Today.

"Member engagement is one of the most important ways we advocate for our industry and we are encouraging more members to participate in tours and visits like SeaStar Solutions," Hopkins said.

As part of the boosted efforts, the industry is more able to fully communicate the role of marine manufacturing in local communities, Hopkins said.

Costello told the group that reforming tax laws will grow the economy.

"You're hearing a lot of talk that we lowered the rate for corporations but not for hard-working Americans," Costello said, according to the Pottstown Daily Local News. "The reality is we did lower the rate for hard-working Americans."

The rate for all Americans is going down unless they are in the top tax bracket, which is 39.5 percent, the paper reported Costello as saying. The Republican Party’s tax-reform plan passed the House last week. The GOP-controlled Senate Finance Committee also has approved a bill.

The NMMA encourages its members to contact Erica Crocker to set up a plant tour or learn more about engaging local members of Congress.

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