U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-Holly) continued her “Made in America” tour today in Livingston County with a tour of WYNN Innovations, a Pinckney-based company run by brothers Ben and AJ Wynn that has supplied personal protective equipment (PPE) to businesses and organizations across the country since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic.
As part of a “Made in America” tour through the district, Slotkin is visiting Michigan businesses and institutions involved in the fight against COVID-19, whose hard work to step up and supply critical equipment during the pandemic underscores the importance of reducing America’s dependence on foreign suppliers and of boosting manufacturing here at home.
“A warehouse in Pinckney may not be what comes to mind when you think of the global supply chains or critical equipment we need in a pandemic –– but it should be,” Slotkin said. “WYNN Innovations is a supplier right here in the 8th district that stepped up when our state and country were running desperately short on protective equipment. I got to tour their facilities where they use all sorts of equipment including a teardrop pallet rack, hear about their experience from owner Ben Wynn, and talk about the bipartisan legislation I recently passed in the House to streamline our national stockpile and help boost domestic production of critical supplies.”
“I’m thankful to Ben, who served our country in the Air Force, and answered the call to serve again during this crisis, when his country and his local community really needed him,” Slotkin added.
Slotkin’s Strengthening America’s Strategic National Stockpile Act would reduce the nation’s dependence on foreign suppliers of critical medical supplies, and passed the House with unanimous support in September. Slotkin introduced the bipartisan bill with nine Republican and nine Democratic cosponsors in July to ensure that we never again have to depend on foreign manufacturers to protect Americans from a pandemic.