Raising the Barr: Congressman Meets With Contech

Written by Andrew Corselli

Congressman Andy Barr (R-KY) recently joined the Railway Engineering-Maintenance Suppliers Association (REMSA) and its member Contech Engineered Solutions at their manufacturing facility in Winchester, Ky.

Barr spoke with company leaders and rail industry representatives about funding for transportation infrastructure and the short line tax credit. He also addressed employees and learned about Contech‘s business operations and their impact on Kentucky’s economy at the REMSA-coordinated the event.

First elected in 2012, Barr serves on the House Financial Services Committee, which oversees the entire financial services industry, including the securities, insurance, banking and housing industries. As Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, Barr has “a wide range of legislative and oversight authority over laws and institutions that affect the growth and stability of the U.S. economy, the international financial system and our national security.” Barr also serves as Chairman of the Republican Study Committee’s American Worker Task Force. Before being elected to Congress, Barr was the deputy general counsel for Governor Ernie Fletcher (R-KY) and taught constitutional law at the University of Kentucky.

“On behalf of the Contech Winchester Plant, I would like to thank Congressman Andy Barr for visiting our facility today,” said Chris Caldwell, Contech’s Winchester plant manager. “It has been a great opportunity to show him how Kentucky helps to provide infrastructure solutions for the entire country. Structures made at the Winchester Plant are in all 50 states, Panama, South America, Afghanistan, Mexico, Europe, Canada, Central America, Iraq, China and more. Our employees are proud to help provide solutions used for railroads, airports, mines, wildlife crossings, residential developments and thousands of interstate, state highways, county and municipal roads across our country.”

“Local businesses are the heart of our communities, and Contech is a great example of the passion and economic contribution made to this community,” said Barr. “Our nation’s short line rail systems are vital to communities like Winchester, ensuring that their products can be shipped with efficiency and that local employment opportunities stay local. I was pleased to support the permanency of 45G by writing a letter to the House Ways and Means Committee Chair, asking that this measure be made a priority during this Congress.”

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