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Roybal-Allard Tours Gordon Brush Plant

December 5, 2013

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Lucille Roybal-Allard at Gordon Brush
Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard with Ken Rakusin, Gordon Brush president and CEO (Gordon Brush)

Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard toured the Gordon Brush Mfg. Co. Inc. plant in Commerce, Calif., in November, the company reports.

When Ken Rakusin, Gordon Brush president and CEO, explained the art of making brushes to the congresswoman, she said she "did not know brush making was this complicated and intricate."

Ms. Roybal-Allard, who represents California's 40th congressional district in Downey and East Los Angeles, met with artisans who make some 15,000 kinds of brushes at the company.

More than 90 percent of the company's employees are Hispanic. Many of them are second-generation employees, and some have been with Gordon Brush for more than 30 years.

"Having this loyal and trusted workforce is a testament to the employment opportunities that you have provided for your workforce and the service to our community," Ms. Roybal-Allard told Mr. Rakusin.

She also said she appreciated Gordon Brush's "American Made" initiative and commitment. "Businesses that manufacture in America create great employment opportunities in our communities," she said.

"Not every company is visited by a member of the United States Congress," Mr. Rakusin said, adding that the company is proud to make its brushes in the U.S. rather than relocating offshore.

The company presented Ms. Roybal-Allard with a brush and gel set for pampering her feet.

"With my hectic schedule and being on my feet for long periods of time, I can use the FootMate System at the end of the day to give my feet the attention they deserve," she said.

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