Roybal-Allard pushes support for small business

DOWNEY - Downey-based Arrow Abrasive Co. and California Manufacturing Technology Consulting honored Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard last week for her "leadership in supporting manufacturing in California."The congresswoman secured federal funding last year for a CMTC program that assisted small and medium-sized manufacturers such as Arrow Abrasive to bid on opportunities to provide the Department of Defense with parts and equipment. Founded in 1976, Arrow Abrasive employs 15 people and supplies its abrasive disks to more than 250 customers worldwide, exporting directly to Singapore, Peru, Canada, Mexico, England and other countries through distributors. Roybal-Allard toured Arrow Abrasive's facilities and touted the "Make it in America" legislative initiative in Congress that, according to the congresswoman, would create high-skill, high-wage jobs and promote American competitiveness. The initiative would close tax loopholes that currently encourage the outsourcing of jobs overseas; provide hometown tax credits to help small businesses hire new employees and sell their products and innovations overseas; and demand that China and other countries honor fair trade principles or lose American business.

********** Published: September 16, 2010 - Volume 9 - Issue 22