Gillibrand promotes 'Made in USA' in Southern Tier

By Amy Lipman

Gillibrand promotes 'Made in USA' in Southern Tier

February 22, 2013 Updated Feb 22, 2013 at 7:50 PM EDT

New Berlin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A New York senator is proposing a bill to keep manufacturing jobs close to home.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York) spoke about the Made in America Manufacturing Act at Golden Artist Colors in New Berlin Friday. The company makes acrylic paints for professionals painters all over the world.

Gillibrand's bill encourages private and public organizations to come together in an effort to spur job creation in manufacturing.

"It’s a debate and it’s an important one about what creates jobs," said Gillibrand, "And I think most economists and certainly a lot of states agree that their manufacturers are key to their economic success."

The bill would allow the partnered organizations to compete for grants. Ten grants of up to $20 million each would be up for grabs.

The grants would be used to fund low-interest loans and job training programs. The bill aims to have manufacturing businesses partner up with local community colleges to train future workers.

Gillibrand said manufacturing companies could use these resources to grow.

"What you really need is just a combination of workforce training and access to capital to really unleash the potential of existing business, but also new businesses," she said.

Mark Golden, CEO of Golden Artist Colors, said federal funding would be a great help to his business.

"We've already taken advantage in our state chamber of local economic development programs," Golden said. "And to have the federal government also involved in that would be a great boost."

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