Washington Congressman Derek Kilmer visited Milgard Windows and Doors, a MITER Brands™ company, in Tacoma to discuss local challenges and opportunities.

Pictured L to R: Dave Barker, Mike Barton, Jeremiah Noneman, Congressman Derek Kilmer, Joann Whetstine, Vince Prunty, Vinod Nair

Congressman Kilmer reached out to Milgard in hopes of learning more about the issues they faced as a business in his district.

“I wanted to learn about their ongoing priorities and concerns about doing business in the area,” Kilmer said about his visit to Milgard. “The more we know, the better we can create new policies at the federal level that can provide support.”

The topics discussed ranged from current market conditions, the Inflation Reduction Act, local crime concerns and hiring challenges. Milgard leaders from human resources, operations, production, marketing and information technology came with questions to the meeting that lasted an hour. Team members also shared their involvement in the local community through the MITER Foundation™, the charitable arm of parent brand, MITER Brands.

“Kilmer had some great suggestions regarding employment opportunities through Joint Base Lewis-McChord and our local high schools,” said Vince Prunty, senior director of HR. “We’re anxious for job seekers to view manufacturing positions as a great career with the potential for growth.”

The company says the dialogue among the group was positive and actionable ideas were discussed. Members of the Milgard team say they were was pleased at the opportunity to speak candidly, and that the congressman listened intently, asked pointed questions and took notes for items that required follow up.

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