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Kaine Tours Bristol Compressors, Makes Case For Ex-Im Bank Re-Authorization

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tim Kaine completed his four-day visit to Southwest Virginia with a tour of the plant facilities at Bristol Compressors. Bristol designs and manufactures hermetic compressors for residential and light commercial air conditioning, heat pump and refrigeration applications. In addition to being one of the largest employers in the Southwest region, Bristol is the only compressors manufacturer whose units are made in the United States.

After touring the plant, Kaine spoke about the vital role the Export-Import (Ex-Im) Bank plays in helping Bristol create jobs in the region.

“A huge portion of Bristol Compressors’ work is selling American-made compressors to nations on every continent except Antarctica,” said Kaine. “The Ex-Im Bank helps our companies find customers oversees…It is really important that we get the bank reauthorized.”

Kaine made similar comments regarding the work of Bristol Compressors in a recent floor speech calling for the reauthorization of the Export-Import Bank, which will be debated by Congress next month before the bank's charter expires on September 30.