Blumenauer at ADX

May 3, 2013

On Thursday, May 2, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer came to ADX to meet members, tour the space, and talk about the Portland manufacturing community. Blumenauer, who has represented Oregon’s 3rd District (including most of Portland) since 1996, brought freshman Representative Cheri Bustos of the 17th District of Illinois, who was visiting Portland.

Blumenauer and Bustos toured ADX’s factory floor, wood and metal shops, digital fabrication lab, and laser studio, talking with ADX staff and members. They met Bruce Willey, manager of ADX’s new digital fabrication lab, member Alistair Williamson, whose Kinn Bikes is in the process of moving out of ADX and into its own space, Peter Krim, founder of the Wind & Oar Boat School, member and furniture designer Andrew Moe, and many others.

Many Portland makers, manufacturers and retailers featured on the Portland Made website (a partnership between ADX, Supportland, and a group of Portland creatives) also attended. Chris King of Chris King Precision Components and Sara Tunstall of Spooltown were among the business owners who took the opportunity to meet Blumenauer and Bustos and share their perspectives on domestic manufacturing.

Blumenauer praised the efforts of ADX and its members, and discussed an upcoming agriculture bill, which Blumenauer said has the potential to make domestically produced textile crops like hemp more viable. Bustos lauded Blumenauer for welcoming her to Congress and sharing his knowledge. “When you’re brand new,” she said, “it’s not everybody who reaches out and tries to help you.”

Before leaving to continue their packed schedule of events around Portland, both representatives expressed their desire to continue the conversation and encouraged the assembled people to share their ideas about growing Portland and U.S. manufacturing with their elected officials.

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