TACOMA, WA – Congressman Derek Kilmer listened to team members at Milgard Windows and Doors, a MITER Brands™ company, and discussed local challenges and opportunities at a recent visit.
Congressman Kilmer reached out to Milgard in hopes of learning more about the issues they faced as a business that resided in his district.
“I wanted to learn about their ongoing priorities and concerns about doing business in the area,” Kilmer said about his visit to Milgard. “The more we know, the better we can create new policies at the federal level that can provide support.”
The topics discussed ranged from current market conditions, the Inflation Reduction Act, local crime concerns and hiring challenges. Milgard leaders from Human Resources, Operations, Production, Marketing and Information Technology came with questions to the meeting that lasted an hour. They also shared their involvement in the local community through the MITER Foundation™, the charitable arm of parent brand, MITER Brands.
“Kilmer had some great suggestions regarding employment opportunities through Joint Base Lewis-McChord and our local high-schools,” said Vince Prunty, Sr Director of HR. “We’re anxious for job seekers to view manufacturing positions as a great career with the potential for growth.”
The dialogue among the group was positive and actionable ideas were discussed. The Milgard team was pleased at the opportunity to speak candidly, and the Congressman listened intently, asked pointed questions and took notes for items that required follow up.
(Pictured L to R: Dave Barker, Mike Barton, Jeremiah Noneman, Congressman Derek Kilmer, Joann Whetstine, Vince Prunty, Vinod Nair)