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U.S. Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Blair County, received the Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence from the National Association of Manufacturers during a ceremony last Tuesday at Volvo Construction Equipment in Shippensburg.

Volvo, an association member, was selected to host the ceremony because it is also located in Shuster’s home district, according to Meg Dameron, communication manager at Volvo.

“This is a national level award program, and to be selected as the company to host the event and present the award is an honor for Volvo Construction Equipment,” she said. “Congressman Shuster has been to our site quite a few times, and it is always great for us to hear from him and give employees a chance to address him as constituents.

“Being involved in events like this gives Volvo CE a chance to gain national attention on the issues that are relevant to our business and the Shippensburg area.”

Shuster, who chairs the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, said he is honored with the award and the association’s recognition of his work.

“A thriving manufacturing industry and strong transportation network go hand-in-hand,” Shuster said. “Our nation needs to be the best in the world at both, and I am honored that the National Association of Manufacturers is recognizing my continued work as chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to strengthen our infrastructure and grow the economy.”

“It is our pleasure to be able to present the NAM Legislative excellence award to Chairman Shuster,” said Sean Glennon, president of Operations Americas at Volvo. “He has always been a strong advocate for our nearly 1,000 employees working in the construction manufacturing business. The chairman’s leadership on transportation issues is essential to keep our country moving in the right direction.”

Dameron said Shuster supports a long-term highway bill, which is “very important to Volvo because many of the contractors who build roads and depend on that work are our customers.”

“When there’s a long-term funded highway bill, our customers know they have work coming, and that gives them the confidence to invest in equipment. It has a positive impact on our employees and our supply base, many of whom are local.”

Association President and CEO Jay Timmons said manufacturing jobs are helping the economy to improve.

“Manufacturing in Pennsylvania and across the country is making a comeback,” he said. “Manufacturers are growing the economy and creating high-paying jobs in a sector that adds $1.32 to the economy for every $1 spent. Rep. Shuster understands that leaders in Washington must advance policies that will continue to fuel this economic growth and has consistently supported manufacturers through his votes in Congress.”