Senator Shelby visits Honda
by Shane Dunaway
Feb 20, 2014 | 1777 views |  0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend | print
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Ted Pratt, Corporate Affairs and Communication Department Manager for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, leads U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) through a tour of Line 1 of the company’s production floor Thursday. Shelby’s visit marked his 54th stop on a statewide jobs and industry tour where he will visit a business in each county in the state.
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Ted Pratt, Corporate Affairs and Communication Department Manager for Honda Manufacturing of Alabama, leads U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) through a tour of Line 1 of the company’s production floor Thursday. Shelby’s visit marked his 54th stop on a statewide jobs and industry tour where he will visit a business in each county in the state.
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LINCOLN - U.S. Senator Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) visited Honda Manufacturing of Alabama to meet the company’s leaders and employees Thursday morning.

The stop by Talladega County’s largest industry represented Shelby’s 54th business visited on his statewide jobs and industry tour where he will visit one business in every county in the state.

“Job creation must be our top priority as a nation, and it will be the focus of my statewide travel,” Shelby said. “It is critical that I hear firsthand from job creators and workers how federal policies are affecting economic growth, and what we can do to create more jobs in Alabama. These conversations with my constituents have always played a critical role in informing how I vote on issues before the Senate, and I look forward to traveling throughout the state again this year.”

Shelby first talked with the company’s leadership for approximately 30 minutes before venturing out onto Line 1 to see the company’s workers in action.

Ted Pratt, Corporate Affairs and Communication Department Manager for HMA, led the tour from the engine assembly area all the way to the final staging area where the vehicles come off the line.

“We were very honored that he would choose our facility in his busy schedule,” Pratt said. “He’s been a good friend to business, he’s been a good friend to Honda and we’re happy to welcome him here so he could take just a little snapshot of the 4,000 associates who work at Honda. I think he got to speak to a few constituents out there. Our associates were glad to see him and he was happy to see them.”

Shelby defined the purpose of his visit as an opportunity to encourage business and economic development as he continues his tour through the state.

“This is an example of one of our larger businesses that’s growing and putting out tremendous products,” Shelby said. “It has a lot of employees and it’s important to the area. I want to do everything I can in Washington to encourage economic growth, not stifle growth, and encourage streamlined regulations, not regulation that hamstrings business. I think they know that anything I can do that’s conducive to economic opportunity for everybody.”

He stated he was impressed by the quality of Honda’s 4,000 employees.

“We know they’ve got a good reputation,” Shelby said. “We know they put out a good product and that sustains them — a quality product that the consumers like, trust in and believe in. That’s what business is about and that’s what Honda has done. I’m proud of them.”

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