Congressman Taylor visits Jarden in Waynesboro

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WAYNESBORO, MS (WDAM) - Employees from a Jarden, a local plant that was close to shutting down, had the opportunity to personally thank Congressman Gene Taylor for his efforts in keeping the doors open.

This tour comes just months after the company petitioned the International Trade Commission to prohibit what it calls unfair import of Chinese blankets. The U.S Department of Commerce listened to the Mississippi delegation and issued an anti-dumping order on electric blankets from China.

The plant employees some 285 people.

Congressman Taylor got the chance to hear from them and even see what they do from day to day.

Taylor said "This what I've been pushing for. This is why I put in a bill to repel NAFTA. This is why I voted against China because you simple can't pay American what you can pay a Chinamen. Our conditions are a heck of a lot better. Our work safety rules are a lot better."

Although Congressman Taylor shook hands with almost everyone in the plant he never asked for one vote.

He said, he's confident that on November 4th his record will speak for itself.

And as for the people working at Jarden they are grateful his vote spoke for them.

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