Congresswoman Claudia Tenney visited Binghamton Thursday with the goal of learning more about one of its local businesses.
Tenney took a tour of one of Binghamton Precast’s sites.
Tenney says she has toured almost 50 businesses in the district with the goal of seeing a new one everyday.
She says that she wants to find out how they are doing, how the tax reform has affected them and what kind of regulatory reform they need to grow and create jobs.
The congresswoman says she is learning of the difficulties these small businesses share.
“Just some of the burdens of being a small business owner. Whether it’s the taxes, the ability to have access to credit which is important. The regulatory burden, dealing with employee issues. Getting good workers to come and be able to pay good wages and covering benefits and health care and being competitive with a lot of government you’re competing against for good employees,” said Tenney.
Binghamton Precast works mainly in large construction projects that involve highways and bridges.
They make the concrete barriers you see and they make a lot of what you don’t see but use everyday as company President Jay Abbey says.
“It’s drainage it’s electrical there’s all sorts of underground of infrastructure that goes on that clearly is not something you see and it’s not pretty like a stadium or something like that. But it’s a necessary product,” said Abbey.
Abbey says they have done a lot of work on the Prospect Mountain Project and that their role in it will be done within a month or two.
He also adds that Binghamton Precast employs around 110 people over their three locations.