Congressman and House Republican Leader, John Boehner, visited Deceuninck North America in Monroe this week. While there, he met with the company's President and CEO, Mark Parrish. The meeting was not open to the press but according to the USGlass News Network (USGNN), they spoke about many important topics including the energy-efficient window tax credit, the buy-American provision of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Freedom of Choice Act, public school green building construction standards, and the Energy Independence Act of 2007.
"He was in the moment and aware of our processes here and the fact that we have had to close two plants in the past two years...that's part of the reason I invited him here; because we are invested and committed to a North American presence and expansion. We're here to stay," Parrish told the USGNN.
Like many companies in the building products industry, Deceuninck has recently fallen on tough times, but Parrish says the money they received from the stimulus plan has allowed them to start hiring new employees. They are also seeing orders start to increase.
After meeting with Parrish, Boehner toured the plant and held a small town hall meeting, allowing employees to ask questions, most of which centered around the economy and energy costs. Parrish says his employees saw the visit as a positive experience, "Our employees know that we would not have invested the time, energy and effort into this visit [if we weren't serious] about our future here."