On April 13, New Kensington, Pennsylvania-based supplier Leed’s (UPIC: LEEDS) hosted a visit from Representative Jason Altmire. During the Pennsylvania Congressman’s visit, Altmire toured the company’s offices and production facility and visited with some of the 900 employees that work there.
The representative’s visit was also an opportunity to discuss issues critical to the promotional products industry’s continued success. During meetings with a number of Leed’s executive team, including President David Nicholson, Chief Operating Officer Sharon Willochell and Trade Compliance Manager Larry Whitney, the conversation touched on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and its unique challenges for the industry—such as when a “general consumer product” might become a “children’s product”—trade issues with China and concerns around the new healthcare legislation, which could require additional contributions from employees to continue comprehensive coverage plans.
“The promotional products industry employs nearly a half million Americans, that is why we are so pleased with Congressman Altmire’s interest in what we do,” says Nicholson. “Our hope is that he takes the learning he uncovered in his visit with Leed’s to help support the industry in Washington.”
The Congressman’s visit grew out of the PPAI Legislative Education And Action Day (L.E.A.D.) in March. Whitney and others visited Representative Altmire in his Washington, D.C., office, where they impressed upon him the industry’s role in the country and his district, and its role as a jobs creator.