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09/10/11 - TVRM Plant Hosts Visit with Congressman Eric Cantor

Norfolk, Va
. – Employees from Titan Virginia Ready Mix hosted a visit from House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Friday, September 9 at their Oakley’s Lane ready-mixed concrete facility in Henrico County, Virginia. 

Robert Sells, President, Mid-Atlantic Business Unit, gave Congressman Cantor a brief tour of the ready-mix facility and explained how concrete is made, using cement as the most important ingredient. Sells also informed Cantor of some of the challenges the company faced, including having lost nearly half of its workforce since the beginning of the recession. 

 “It was an honor to meet with Congressman Cantor,” stated Sells. “It was a privilege to show him one of our ready mix facilities and to stress the sustainable and environmental benefits of choosing concrete for transportation and infrastructure projects over other building materials.” 

After the tour, the Congressman addressed a group of Titan America employees. He acknowledged President Obama’s visit to the University of Richmond only hours earlier the same day and acknowledged that he agreed with certain aspects of the President’s jobs plan, such as tax relief for small businesses and investment in infrastructure. He also pledged his support to Titan America employees to fight proposed regulations that could harm the building materials industry.

Titan America employees were invited to ask questions after the Congressman’s address. Several employees used the occasion to raise concerns about such topics as severely reduced working hours, price of gasoline, proposed industry regulations, the proposed debt ceiling and the three percent withholding rule.