December 14, 2009

State of Alabama
Press Release: Lt. Governor Folsom (2007-11)

Folsom Stands Up for Alabama Workers

December 14, 2009


The Honorable Patty Murray

173 Russell Senate Office Building

Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Murray:

I noted with great interest the comments you made about Alabama during a recent interview for the program All Things Considered.  Your exact quote was, “I would challenge anybody to tell me that they’ve stood on a line in Alabama and seen anybody building anything.”

Senator, on behalf of the over 5000 manufacturing companies in Alabama, I must accept your challenge.  I have personally stood “on the line” in Alabama and watched hundreds of products being manufactured,  including automobiles and space flight vehicles.  I remain hopeful that in the near future, I will also “stand on the line” and watch the military’s new refueling tanker be manufactured here.

Since the beginning of America’s space program, NASA has relied on the George Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.  Rockets built and designed in Alabama delivered our astronauts to the moon.  Most recently, NASA-Huntsville has been instrumental in the design and construction of the ARES V crew launch vehicle that will again carry man to the moon.

The automobile manufacturing industry has also flourished in Alabama.  Mercedes, Hyundai, Honda, Toyota, and hundreds of their suppliers and support companies call Alabama home.  Senator, since 1995, over one million automobiles have been manufactured in Alabama.

Over 312,000 Alabamians are employed in the manufacturing industry.  Any one of these committed men and women, or I can attest that Alabama is on the leading edge nationally in the field of manufacturing, medicine, and technical research.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to clarify this issue.  I wish you and your family the happiest of holidays and fruitful new years.


Jim Folsom, Jr.

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