U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited the Duluth Pack factory on January 5, 2012 as part of her “Made in America” tour of Northern Minnesota. Senator Klobuchar stopped in five cities and visited companies as part of a tour that has stopped in more than 20 businesses across the state. The Senator’s tour is designed to showcase successful Minnesota companies and job creation in the state.
First stop on Wednesday was LINDAR in Brainerd/Baxter, a plastics thermoforming company that specializes in stock plastic containers and custom plastic parts. Next was on to Park Rapids for a tour of their downtown and Main Street. Next was a roundtable discussion on tourism and broadband communications at the New Frontier Resort.
Thursday morning saw a stop at the Bemidji City Council Chambers to present the Red Cross “Lifesaving Award of Merit.” Senator Klobuchar presented the award to Kelsey Johnson who saved the life of her stepfather during a seizure. The next stop was a business tour of the Terex Construction Americas facility in Grand Rapids. At that facility Terex manufactures compact construction equipment.
In the afternoon it was here to Duluth Pack! After introductions and a quick stand up interview with the local TV news stations we toured our 100-year-old factory. The Senator was gracious and eager to learn about the past, present, and future of Duluth Pack. She also shared with us childhood memories of her family loading Duluth Packs for their adventures into the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness.
Senator Klobuchar took great interest while the watching the process on the sewing floor and in the riveting department. She also paid great attention while examining the numerous fabrics and leathers in the cutting department. Our wool bags appeared to capture special regard from the Senator, and I have a feeling a Hitchcock patterned Shell Bag is in her future.
Great thanks go out from all of us here at Duluth Pack to Senator Amy Klobuchar and everyone from her office that visited us here in Duluth. Best of luck in the future on your “Innovate America Act.” We hope that sharing our company and manufacturing process with you will help promote innovation and America’s ability to compete in this global economy.