Fresh off a stop in Mora to check out a local manufacturer there, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spent about an hour this past Friday, May 31, in Milaca touring Gorecki Manufacturing in the industrial park.
The stops are part of Klobuchar’s “Made in America” tour, in which she is stopping at various companies throughout Minnesota to check the pulse of the state’s manufacturing industry.
Gorecki Manufacturing President Roger Clarin and Director of Technology David Lang were on-site during Klobuchar’s visit to explain the company’s product line and history.
Clarin took Klobuchar and her staff on a virtual tour of the company’s product line, which includes contract manufacturing for the transportation, solar energy, automotive, medical device and chemical processing industries, among others. He also explained how the company’s two 100,000-square-foot facilities in Milaca and Foley peaked in employing 450 people in 2000 to having just 45 today.
“We’ve been impacted significantly by the push to send manufacturing overseas,” Clarin said.
Although Clarin said the company has watched several of its clients “migrate” their manufacturing offshore, Klobuchar said some of those jobs are coming back to the states.
“Yes,” Clarin agreed. “We’re looking at that as an opportunity. (Company founders) Ben and Dorothy Gorecki have been very much insistent on keeping things active and moving forward. And we have the space.”
For the full story, see the Thursday, June 6 print edition of the Times.