By Glenn Collins
Tuesday, March 8, 2011 | 7:03 AM
|Councilmember Richard Bittenger, City Attorney Jeff Mobley, Police Chief Kyle Reogas, Congressman Robert Aderholt, Exxel CEO Harry Kazazian, Exxel President Armen Kouleyan and Mayor Ken Sunseri at the Exxel Ribbon Cutting Monday. The City presented the Congressman a framed picture of the Joint Reserve Training Center.|
U.S. Representative Robert Aderholt was honored at Exxel Outdoors Monday as he cut the ribbon on Exxel's new production line.
“It's great to be in Haleyville, Alabama, my home town,” Aderholt said.
Exxel CEO Harry Kazazian said to Aderholt, “We are truly grateful for everything you have done.”
Aderholt was instrumental in eliminating trade loopholes that made it near impossible for Exxel to compete fairly with Bangladeshi imports. Exxel, the largest sleeping bag manufacturer in the world, is on course to produce 500-600,000 bags this year. Aderholt and U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions have introduced a bill in each of their respective houses to eliminate the loopholes permanently.
“This is a cause for celebration,” Aderholt said. He added, “We want to make sure we continue to create American jobs.”