Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Foundry Re-opening Carries Bit of Personal Connection

This afternoon, Congressman André Carson released this news release. Awesome job for these workers at this foundry.

Former Navistar facility will add jobs along Brookville Road

INDIANAPOLIS – Congressman André Carson joined executives, workers, and community leaders today to celebrate the reopening of the former Navistar foundry located on Indianapolis’ east side.

The foundry was set to close before an agreement between Navistar and the United Auto Workers helped pave the way for reinvestment in the Indianapolis facility. Congressman Carson’s office was involved throughout the entire process.

The facility, now operated by PurePOWER Technologies, will recall 150 workers by June 2011. The company plans to hire 100 additional workers by 2014. The foundry is one of the few remaining facilities in the United States to make cylinder blocks and heads capable of serving the needs of any diesel engine manufacturer.

“The reopening and hiring of workers is evidence that efforts to revive the economy and manufacturing base are working,” said Congressman Carson. “We see proof in the quality jobs that are returning and the new technology being created at the foundry. This reopening would not be happening without the tireless work of the company, organized labor, and the community. Now the foundry is not only back up and running, but in a position to be competitive for years to come.”

Actually, there is a personal connection here. My grandfather worked at International Harvester (which later became Navistar) as a tool designer pretty much up until the day he died in 1972. My grandmother got a pension check from Navistar until she passed in 1996. So, I can't help but think of Henry Easter, Sr. and Twila Alma Macy Easter when I read news like this.

Hopefully, these jobs at this foundry continue to help families with good paying jobs for many years to come. It worked for my grandparents and helped raise my aunt and my father.

Bravo to Congressman André Carson, and congratulations to the workers who are being called back in.

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