U.S. Representative Bill Keating (D-MA-09) toured Imtra Corporation’s facility in New Bedford, Massachusetts, yesterday, where he met with workers and discussed the company’s operations and issues facing the entire marine industry. Factory visits with elected officials are critically important opportunities for highlighting the recreational boating industry and NMMA encourages all members to work with them on scheduling a plant tour.
During the visit, Eric Braitmayer, President and CEO of Imtra Corporation and NMMA board member raised his concerns with the ongoing trade war – which has caused the price of raw materials to increase and reduced demand for their products. Additionally, Mr. Braitmayer highlighted Imtra’s work with other marine companies and partners in the area to develop local maritime and vocational schools.
Following the discussion, Congressman Keating – who also chairs the U.S. Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, Energy, and the Environment – expressed a key interest in the impact of tariffs and retaliatory tariffs on the industry.
If you have questions or are interested in scheduling a facility visit with your members of Congress, please contact NMMA senior vice president of government relations, Nicole Vasilaros at email@example.com or NMMA director of political advocacy and engagement, Erica Crocker at firstname.lastname@example.org.