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Rep. Foster Tours Heat and Frost Insulators Local 17 Training Facility, Cosponsors Legislation To Promote Mechanical Insulation

Jul 26, 2013
Press Release

Congressman Foster works with Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth

Washington, D.C.— Congressman Bill Foster (IL-11) toured Tinley Park’s Heat and Frost Insulators Local 17 training facility. Hosted by the International Association of Heat and Frost Insulators and Allied Workers, the tour allowed Congressman Foster to learn about mechanical insulation and the job training done on site.

“As a scientist and businessman, I always enjoy the opportunity to return to the shop floor,” Foster said. “Providing good jobs right here in Illinois starts with providing the appropriate training to our workforce—that’s why I’m so proud to support the work done by our mechanical insulators with legislation in Congress. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to view such a successful and well-run facility, and look forward to continuing to support dedicated workers like the ones I met today.”                                                                                                                 

Along with Congressman Foster, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-8) and Tinley Park Mayor Edward J. Zabrocki participated in the tour. During the tour, the Congressman was given a presentation on the training methods used at the facility, and engaged in a hands-on demonstration of the mechanical equipment.

Foster is a cosponsor of H.R. 184, the Mechanical Insulation Installation Incentive Act of 2013, which would create a tax deduction for mechanical insulation – this reduces energy costs, reduces emissions, enhances employee safety and provides condensation control.