JESUP — U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston, R-Savannah, received the National Association of Manufacturers’ award for manufacturing legislative excellence at a ceremony Monday at the Rayonier Performance Fibers Mill in Jesup.
Kingston was recognized after he supported 86 percent of the policies identified by the organization — energy policy, taxes and regulations among others — as critical to the success of manufacturing in the United States during the 112th Congress.
“From PaR Marine in Brunswick to Daniel Defense in Black Creek to Rayonier in Jesup and JCB in Savannah, manufacturing is not only key to our economy nationally, it is key to our economy in south Georgia,” said Kingston. “We need an economic policy that supports existing manufacturers and fosters new businesses to create American-made goods and American-made jobs. With a strong manufacturing sector we can build a new generation of American success.”
Paul Boynton, Rayonier chairman, president and CEO, Kingston has been a strong and consistent advocate for manufacturing and has supported policies that allow the industry to grow, create jobs and stay ahead of global competition.
“Through his determined leadership, we enjoy a business climate that allows manufacturers to continue to drive economic growth,” Boynton said.
Manufacturers association president and CEO Jay Timmons said Washington needs to create policies to keep the U.S. competitive.
“Congressman Kingston understands this and has consistently supported the pro-manufacturing agenda through his votes in Congress,” Timmons said.