My buddy Fatin is a car aficionado. He is also a great supporter of American manufacturers. We had coffee the day before yesterday and Fatin told me about an amazing fella, David MacNeil. Mr. MacNeil owns a firm, WeatherTech that makes the most amazing car mats you have ever seen. To call them mats is doing Mr. MacNeil’s products a disservice. There are precisely fitted WeatherTech mats for over 900 vehicle models and Mr. MacNeil’s mats are available in Black, Tan and Grey. And of course, WeatherTech mats are made by members of our extended American family. Mr. MacNeil just completed construction of a brand new mat manufacturing plant in Bolingbrook Illinois.
But Mr. MacNeil is so committed to the workers of this Country, he doesn’t stop with making his products in this country. He ensures that the materials in his WeatherTech products and the machines that are used to make his WeatherTech products are made in this country as well. The thermoforming machinery used to make WeatherTech mats is made in Carol Stream Illinois. Mr. MacNeil sources the steel and aluminum for WeatherTech’s tooling from vendors such as Vista Metals in Fontana California. The raw materials for WeatherTech’s wonderful mats are made in Ohio, Texas, Kansas and Tennessee. Mr. MacNeil sources domestically because he understands that we simply have to support American businesses if this country is going to prosper in the future. Mr. MacNeil’s philosophy is “that if my neighbor doesn’t have a job, sooner or later I won’t have a job either.” Wiser words were never spoken.
I am going to call Mr. MacNeil and see about getting some new mats to spruce up my aging car. I can’t wait to talk to him, since we both are committed to the ideal of revitalizing manufacturing in this country to create jobs for those currently out of work. I talk a lot about Americans being members of our extended American family. Mr. MacNeil supports domestic suppliers because he wants, in his words, to keep the money that WeatherTech spends on materials and machinery “in our family, a family of 300 million people from all over America.” I would encourage you to join Mr. MacNeil and I in keeping this idea in mind as you purchase consumer goods this year. Together, we can make a sizeable dent in our unemployment problem and provide members of our extended American family with the opportunity to provide for their immediate families and gain satisfaction in knowing they have contributed to the continued greatness of our nation.