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JAMESTOWN – Congressman Tom Reed (R) checked in with two local businesses during a visit from Washington on Monday, honoring one for their expansion during the pandemic.
Reed visited Honest John’s Pizzeria in West Ellicott and Rand Precision Machining in Falconer.
John Raymond, Honest John’s owner, was presented with a Congressional Proclamation for opening his new location during the COVID-19 pandemic; hiring dozens of new workers in the process.
Raymond says he is honored to receive the recognition, and have the opportunity to speak with the Congressman one-on-one.
“I feel comfortable that we have a man like that representing us, that we can talk to,” said Raymond. “It almost felt like I was talking to my next-door neighbor.”
While in Falconer, Reed and his staff toured operations for Rand Precision Machining, one of many local businesses that received money from the Paycheck Protection Program.
The company’s president and CEO Kurt Grimm says the funding went to improve safety measures to keep employees safe.
Grimm also says the Congressman’s visit is good for employee morale, giving them a chance to hear directly from the representative rather than just seeing him on the news.
“It’s that human element, and it is not just them, they will go home and speak to their families, there is that ripple effect,” says Grimm. “I think that is an excellent thing that he did.”
He says his company, who contracts for the U.S. Military, has been fortunate to see a sales increase during the pandemic, in turn offering stable employment for their workers.
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