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Kelly Takes Channellock Exec to White House Event

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio — U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly, R-Pa. 3, took the president of Meadville, Pa.-based Channellock Inc. to the White House yesterday as part of a “Made in America” roundtable discussion.

Jon DeArment handed the president one of the pliers made by the manufacturer of hand tools during his brief presentation about Channellock.

“We’re honored to have been invited to the White House to discuss American manufacturing,” said DeArment in a statement. “We’ve been a ‘Made in America’ company for more than 130 years and we intend to stay that way.”

Channellock, Inc. was founded by George B. DeArment in 1886 and is now in its fifth generation of family ownership and operation. The company employs more than 300 and prides itself on manufacturing all its pliers in Meadville.

“We’re proud that more than 90% of Channellock products are made in the U.S., but we still have work to do in bringing 100% of our production onto American soil,” said DeArment. “We’re working diligently every day to increase American production of Channellock products so that every Channellock product is made here, and [yesterday’s] discussion with the president is a step further in that direction.”

During the roundtable, Kelly handed the president a copy of his recent legislation, the Invent and Manufacture in America Act, which is designed to boost domestic manufacturing and create jobs, he said.

CLICK HERE to view the full roundtable discussion.

Pictured above: President Trump, Channellock President Jon DeArment and U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly.

SOURCES: Office of U.S. Rep. Mike Kelly and WhiteHouse.gov.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.