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Builders receive Congressional visits

(left to right): Ed Malle, Operations Manager at Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing; Steven Howell, District Director for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann; Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-03); Maxine Gernert, Field Representative for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann; and Bob White, Senior Advisor for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann

(left to right): Ed Malle, Operations Manager at Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing; Steven Howell, District Director for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann; Congressman Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-03); Maxine Gernert, Field Representative for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann; and Bob White, Senior Advisor for Rep. Chuck Fleischmann

Two marine manufacturers received visits from their Congressmen recently. Representative Chuck Fleischmann (R-TN-03) last week visited Yamaha Jet Boat Manufacturing in Vonore, Tennessee. Representative Glenn Grothman (R-WI-06) recently visited Kohler Power Systems in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

According to the NMMA Currents Newsletter, Fleischmann met with Yamaha representatives to discuss issues the boating industry is currently addressing, including labor shortages, access to waterways, aquatic invasive species, and the proliferation of ethanol in the fuel supply.

The story reported that Fleischmann is also concerned about the availability of E15 across the country. He will consider cosponsoring the Consumer Protection and Fuel Transparency Act of 2019 (H.R. 1024). Backed by NMMA, the proposed legislation would clearly label E15 ethanol blended gasoline at pumps.

(left to right) Greg Klompenhouwer, senior product manager for Kohler Marine; Heidi Klompenhouwer, senior technical publications analyst; Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI-06); and Brenda Cudworth, confidential assistant.

(left to right) Greg Klompenhouwer, senior product manager for Kohler Marine; Heidi Klompenhouwer, senior technical publications analyst; Congressman Glenn Grothman (R-WI-06); and Brenda Cudworth, confidential assistant.

Fleischmann and his staff also expressed interest in supporting two bills to maintain sustainable saltwater fisheries: The Forage Fish Conservation Act (H.R. 2236) and the Driftnet Modernization and Bycatch Reduction Act (H.R. 1979). Those bills are also supported by NMMA.

Congressman Glenn Grothman toured Kohler’s marine generator production facility. Greg Klompenhouwer, senior product manager for Kohler Marine led the facility tour and highlighted the challenges of designing and manufacturing marine generators for a global marketplace. “We greatly appreciate Congressman Grothman’s commitment to learning more about the recreational boating industry and local manufacturing jobs in Wisconsin’s 6th Congressional district,” Klompenhouwer said during the visit.

“All of Wisconsin should be proud that generators for boats around the world are made by Kohler Power in Wisconsin,” said Grothman during the tour. “It’s great that this is one industry in which the world knows that United States manufacturing is second to none.”

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