Senator Richard Burr spent Aug. 9 touring manufacturing facilities in the region, including the Unifi plant in Yadkinville.
Burr said following the visit that fair international competition was a key point he discussed with the Unifi officials. “As NAFTA is renegotiated, I’ll help ensure North Carolina families and employers benefit from any changes through my role on the Senate Finance Committee,” he said.
“Tax reform will also have a large impact on manufacturing, and I intend to play an active role in the Senate to ensure North Carolina’s economy continues to grow,” Burr said.
The senator chose Unifi as a destination, because it “is a major employer in Yadkin County, weaving polymer fiber for clothing from recycled plastic bottles. I look forward to learning more about how Washington’s trade deals are impacting businesses and employees in Yadkin County.”
Burr said, “Over my career in Congress, I’ve been a consistent voice when it comes to promoting manufacturing in North Carolina. I worked to get the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 passed, which creates incentives for community colleges and area employers to work together to develop relevant and needed skills for individuals who can immediately plug in to jobs in the area.
“This is vital for the rural regions in our state lacking big universities and urban centers, so they can cost-effectively train and employ people in the local communities.”
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