Posted at: 02/18/2013 11:57 AM
Updated at: 02/18/2013 6:10 PM
By: Beth Wurtmann
EAST GREENBUSH - They're calling it Made in America; it’s a new push to bring more manufacturing jobs back to the Capital Region.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Congressman Paul Tonko held a news conference Monday morning to talk about the new effort.
Those lawmakers are proposing legislation that would create a competition for federal funding that they say would spark growth and train workers with much needed skills.
Senator Gillibrand and Congressman Tonko met with local leaders at XOS in East Greenbush, a manufacturer of equipment that analyzes products like toys and clean fuels.
They say it's an example of a company that could benefit from the Made in America Manufacturing Act.
It would award competitive funding for companies that strategize with other stakeholders to expand plus give them direct access to low interest loans
The legislation would also create job training programs.
"We need to keep our manufacturers who are already here strong and we need to level the playing field so that more businesses can grow," said Senator Gillibrand. "At the same time we also have to develop the skilled work force that's necessary for these growing jobs."
Gillibrand said the Capital Region lost over 5,500 manufacturing jobs between 2005 and 2010, but that there is great potential here to win new funding if the legislation is approved, particularly in high tech and clean energy industries.