“The Rockford area has so much going for it.”
Representative Adam Kinzinger paying a visit to the stateline today.
He toured 425 Manufacturing-a company that puts together mining and drill rig parts, and 3-D printing.
It’s something Kinzinger says is encouraging for economic growth, creating more jobs, and keeping people in the stateline.
“Rockford has a rich history,” said Kingzinger. “Whether it’s tooling, or manufacturing, and what we’re seeing is frankly, we’ve gone through some pretty rough times, but that’s all starting to come back.”
One indication of that growth is the company’s success since it’s inception.
In just under two years, 425 Manufacturing went from just 1 employee, to 14.
And from a 5,000 square foot space, to an ample 13,600 square foot space.
The company’s president Mike Thomason says it’s due in large part to the community that’s supported them.
“Even if I’m competing against another shop, we loan each other parts, we loan each other expertise,” said Thomason. “And, you know, everybody works together to make Rockford a growing manufacturing environment.”
But while the community seems to be coming together here in the stateline…nationwide is a bit more divisive.
Especially when it comes to the budget President Trump unveiled last week.
As well as the Republican plan to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“You know, we hope that we can get that done which we promised, tax reform, and a big infrastructure plan done within the first couple of years,” said Kinzinger. “And I think if we do, we’re going to see some huge success.”
Kinzinger also weighed in on the alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign
“I’m extremely concerned about Russian interference,” said Kingzinger. “But it doesn’t take away in my mind the legitimacy of the presidency of Donald Trump. We need to take the politics out of what’s going on and just get answers.”