U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski’s “Home Grown Business Tour” brought her to American Oak Preserving Company in North Judson yesterday. President and Chairman of the Board Charles Vorm represents the third generation to run the company since his grandfather founded it in 1916. His three daughters assist in the day-to-day operations of the business. Walorski says it’s important for members of Congress to listen to successful business owners in their districts.
She says a lot of CEO’s and other business representatives come to Washington and tell members of Congress they would do just fine with less government interference and regulation.
“It’s our quickest way to economic recovery and job creation,” Walorski said after touring the North Judson operation. She added family-owned businesses like American Oak set a great example.
Walorski says family-owned businesses like American Oak set a great example.
“They’ve ridden through hard markets, they’ve been very successful, and when they expand they hire local people. More importantly when these Indiana products are sold, whether they’re sold locally or they go into a different country, that money comes back into this community. The beneficiaries of the revenue, the beneficiaries of that economic impact, comes right back to this community and right back to the state of Indiana,” she said.
“Entrepreneurs – the parents and grandparents of these people here today – they had a vision, and worked hard and have sustained for how many generations now. I think people need to know that. I’m proud that these companies are in our state. I’m proud that they’ve stayed in these counties where they were birthed, and the kind of jobs they’ve produced and the kind of atmosphere they’ve made for our communities,” Walorski said.