Ernst visits Clow Valve

Senator Joni Ernst, second from left, speaks with Clow Valve Vice President and General Manager Mark Willett, left, a s well as members of the Clow and McWane legal, sales, and governmental affairs teams about issues affecting Clow and McWane. Charlie Comfort Photo

On April 30, Senator Joni Ernst swung through Mahaksa County as a part of her 99-county tour across the state, also known at the “Full Grassley”, a term dubbed by former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum in recognition of the practice stated by Senator Chuck Grassley in his first term. Ernst visited Clow Valve for a tour and roundtable discussion with officials from Clow Vale and McWane Company, the holding company for Clow. While the tour through Clow as the first time Ernst had visited the company, it was not her visit ever visit to Mahaska County, having previously visited the county three other times on official business. Ernst said that she finds her 99-county tour to be refreshing, as she is able to see and learn first-hand about what is going on in her state.

“You hear from employees, or employers, you visit schools or hospitals, you do town halls, and it just gives you general sense of what’s going on in your own state and then you also learn about business and industry,” Ernst said. “[I’m] excited about the opportunity to just know what’s going on in my own state,” she added.

Ernst most recently visited Keokuk County and Wapello County in April. At a town hall meeting in April in Sigourney, trade and agriculture issues dominated the discussion among residents. In response to a question about alleviating the fears of farmers, she said that she believes progress has been made.

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