ROME, N.Y. -- Revere Copper, in Rome, joined with the Manufacturers Association of Central New York and the Business Council of New York state Friday to share their concerns about two current bills they fear could force business to leave the state or close.
One bill would eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by 2050; the other, would require that 70 percent of electricity be renewable by the year 2030.
The chairman of Revere Copper says he's speaking for his dedicated workforce when he says they just want a seat at the table, to share their concerns, from the trenches of manufacturing.
The company also wants the opportunity to offer advice on energy laws that will help New York business remain strong.
“What we believe is that manufacturing should be at the table when these issues are being discussed by the legislature and we're not. In New York state, it appears as though there's a deaf ear to manufacturing. And please, please listen to us. I'm pleading not just for me. I’m old. I'm OK. I'm pleading for our people who work here,” said Brian O’Shaughnessy, the chairman at Revere Copper.
United Auto Workers Union stood with Revere Copper, sharing their concerns, at Friday's press event.