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Congressman tours Scotts Miracle Gro

March 7, 2017

Congressman Dave Loebsack announced recently that he will be touring various manufacturing companies throughout the state on his “Made in Iowa” tour. At each stop, Loebsack takes a tour of a facility to learn more about the company.

On Monday Loebsack stopped in Fort Madison for one reason.

“I came to tour Scotts Miracle-Gro to tour the facility,” Loebsack said. “It is a very important plant in the area. They employ a lot of people.”

Loebsack said he had never been to Scotts before, and whenever he is in his district he tries to get to as many plants as possible.

“I learned a lot about the plant today,” Loebsack said. “I learned a lot about the workforce. They do a very great job recruiting people here. There are some seasonal folks, a lot of them are here more than a year at a time.”

Loebsack said there are many important employees and the retention is very high.

“That always says something about a plant when the retention is high,” Loebsack said.

Loebsack said the “Made In Iowa” tour was based on the Made in America idea.

“I think people are tired of all the competition from abroad and companies going abroad,” Loebsack said. “I think it’s great that we export as much as we do, but I think it’s great that we make things here again.”

Loebsack said it is important that he learns something each time he visits a plant such as Scotts.

“I didn’t know there was work with chemicals and with organic products as well,” Loebsack said. “I always learn something when I take these tours. The learning process is important to me and even more important to me as a congressman, because I can learn what they need from me as a congressman.”

Following his visit in Fort Madison, Loebsack headed to Keokuk to tour the Griffin Wheel Company.