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Capito tours Eagle Manufacturing, offers praise, promises support

Updated: Tuesday, March 18 2014, 06:40 PM EDT

BROOKE COUNTY, W.Va. – With ears open and safety goggles on, U.S. Representative Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) took a tour of the Eagle Manufacturing facility in Wellsburg on Tuesday morning.

There, she got an up close look at how things work at the facility, which has undergone quite a bit of expansion in the last year or so. That’s why she was asked to visit -- to make sure Eagle has the ability to expand exactly where it is in West Virginia.

“We now have about 750,000 square foot of space,” Eagle Manufacturing President Joe Eddy. “We’ve increased our base employment level from about 155 to 180.”

Eagle officials touted growth and showed the congresswoman a look at the hundreds products made there and sold domestically and worldwide.

Tuesday morning’s walk-through wasn’t just about looking, though. It was about listening to the company’s senior management, and hearing more about issues like health care and regulations.

“I think the regulatory environment right now has become very punitive, and I think the best way for a manufacturer to maximize their productivity is to work hand-in-hand with regulators to figure out the best way to continue the production of goods and services within certain safety boundaries and environmental boundaries that everybody wants,” Capito said.

She commended Eagle Manufacturing for keeping families in Wellsburg, by giving them opportunities to work locally, but also urging the continued adaptability of their products.

“We’ve got to preserve this,” she said. “Whether it’s keeping energy costs low, whether it’s becoming energy independent, whether it’s making sure our products are able to be marketed worldwide.”

Eddy agrees, saying the purpose of the meeting was to discuss exactly that, keeping globally competitive and making sure someone is r

Capito tours Eagle Manufacturing, offers praise, promises support

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