RAVENSWOOD, W.Va. — U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) said it’s important to visit employers in West Virginia.
Capito took a tour of Constellium, an aluminum casthouse which specializes in high-purity castings for America’s aerospace plate market, transportation, industry and defense products. The company is based in Jackson County.
“They do a lot of work with the aeronautics industry, but a lot for the Department of Defense, so I think it’s important for me as an appropriator, to see the results of appropriations for new vehicles or new airplanes,” Capito told MetroNews affiliate WMOV Radio in Ravenswood.
Capito is a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, the committee which appropriates the defense budget.
Constellium is largest employer in Jackson County with more than 1,100 employees.
Capito said on topic discussed with Constellium officials was tariffs and how President Donald Trump’s tariffs initiative would impact Constellium workers.
“I support the President that we want fair and even trade, but I think I would like to see him target that toward the countries, principally China, that’s causing us the biggest heartburn,” she said.
Other topics discussed during the tour included health care, drug problems, use of emergency rooms, and work force development.