Congressman’s support appreciated at IP

Published 8:37 am Friday, June 26, 2015

Dear Editor:

As a team member at International Paper, a company that employs more than 500 people here in Bogalusa, I appreciate Congressman Ralph Abraham’s support for Trade Promotion Authority.

TPA will allow our country to craft strong trade agreements that support American manufacturing by leveling the playing field and opening new markets for our products. Since 95 percent of the world’s population lives outside of the United States, exports continue to be of growing importance for the U.S. forest products industry. It is important to our team at Bogalusa and for the entire Louisiana forest products industry.

TPA will create new opportunities for many businesses and their employees. The International Paper link to global trade is not only important to our employees, but to the more than 600 smaller companies throughout the state where our Louisiana facilities purchase goods and services.

Rep. Abraham demonstrated leadership by supporting TPA. In voting for this critical piece of legislation, he voted to stand up for his constituents and those who work in manufacturing.

Thank you, Congressman Abraham.

– Bernie Chascin

Mill Manager

International Paper, Bogalusa