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WMMA honors two Patriot Award winners

From left, Senator Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) with Paul Wilmes and Tony Sutton of Mereen-Johnson.

From left, Senator Mike Rounds (R-South Dakota) with Paul Wilmes and Tony Sutton of Mereen-Johnson.

The Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers of America has honored two of its member companies with Patriot Awards, production machinery manufacturer Mereen-Johnson of Minneapolis, and dust collection equipment manufacturer Air Handling Systems of Woodbridge, Conn.

“The goal of the award is to honor members who take it upon themselves to advocate for the entire industry through policy either at the state or federal level,” says Dan Bond, director of public policy for WMMA.

To qualify for the award, companies must participate in the WMMA’s public policy committee and attend a fly-in to Washington, D.C.

“A fly-in, held in June and February timeframes, is when we invite members to come inside the beltway in D.C. and talk about issues important to them with members of Congress and their staff,” says Bond.

Members must also participate in Manufacturing Day and host a member of Congress at their facility.

“Manufacturing Day is an annual event held in October which highlights the importance of U.S.-based manufacturers and the need for increasing fair play and competition across the globe, and the battle for skilled labor and getting young people interested in career and technical education,” says Bond.

“Hosting a member of Congress does a couple of things. It highlights their brand and allows members to say they are part of the WMMA and what the issues are.”

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This article originally appeared in the September 2018 issue.

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