WASHINGTON, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On October 17th in Des
Moines, Iowa, television and film star John Ratzenberger and the Alliance
for American Manufacturing (AAM) will host a 'Keep it Made in America' Town
Hall Meeting. The Des Moines event is the second of seven national meetings
being held to spotlight growing voter concern about the challenges facing
American workers and manufacturers.
"I'm proud to partner with the Alliance for American Manufacturing on
the 'Keep it Made in America' town hall meetings," said Ratzenberger. "I've
traveled all across this country and I've seen firsthand how manufacturing
drives our economy. In this presidential election, we have a chance to make
the voices of American manufacturing heard in Iowa. We're going to educate
and inspire voters to ask candidates the hard questions about manufacturing
jobs and how they intend to keep manufacturing 'Made in America'."
From humble beginnings in Bridgeport, Connecticut, John Ratzenberger
gained international fame on the acclaimed television series Cheers. Today,
Ratzenberger hosts his own show about American manufacturing on the Travel
Channel, John Ratzenberger's Made in America.
"John gets the challenges we're facing. He understands the impact of
job losses and factory closings on our community," said Chaz Allen, Mayor
of Newton. "Manufacturing is still the largest sector of Iowa's economy,
but we need to overcome some real obstacles. Our state has lost more than
22,000 manufacturing jobs since 2000 - jobs that hard-working Iowa families
depended on. It's time for the presidential candidates to stand up for the
workers and manufacturers in Iowa."
The "Keep it Made in America" town hall meeting will be held on
Wednesday, October 17th, at the Iowa Events Center, 730 Third Street, in
Des Moines. Doors open at 6:00 pm. The program begins at 6:30 pm. Admission
is free and is open to the general public.
During the town hall meeting, Ratzenberger will encourage Iowa voters
to ask the presidential candidates three key questions about their
commitment to American manufacturing:
-- How will you save American manufacturing jobs?
-- What specific policies will you enact to strengthen the American
manufacturing base, which is vital to our economic and national
-- What steps will you take to enforce trade laws and hold cheating
countries like China accountable?
"There's no shortage of Presidential candidates in Iowa. We need to
hold their feet to the fire and demand answers to the tough questions on
trade and manufacturing," said Al Skinner, President USW Local 310, which
represents workers at Firestone Agricultural Tire. "Iowa voters need to
know if their next president will level the playing field and stop
countries like China from cheating or sit idly by while our manufacturing
jobs continue to move offshore. Manufacturing is our future, and we want a
president who will do something about it."
"The manufacturers and workers of Iowa share John Ratzenberger's and
AAM's dedication to strengthening American manufacturing, and we're excited
to work together to urge the candidates to focus on these issues," said
Scott Paul, AAM's executive director. "For America to remain the leader in
the global economy, we have to overcome some very real challenges that
threaten the vital core of our economic engine. Our town hall meetings will
initiate this important dialogue and empower voters to continue the
discussion with their presidential candidates."
The Alliance for American Manufacturing is a unique non-partisan,
labor-management partnership forged to strengthen manufacturing in the U.S.
For more information, visit: http://www.americanmanufacturing.org.
SOURCE Alliance for American Manufacturing