Long tours Reyco Granning plant

Posted on August 30, 2015 21:06 pm CDT

Lawrence County Record
By: James McNary

A tour of the Reyco Granning plant was one of the stops on a visit to Barry and Lawrence counties by Congressman Billy Long (R-Springfield) to Mt. Vernon on Monday Aug. 22.

Headquartered in Mt. Vernon, Reyco Granning engineers, designs and manufactures suspension systems for large, heavy duty and specialized vehicles. Following a presentation about the company, executives took Congressman Long on a tour of the plant.

“This is great, and it’s got to be great for the community,” Long said of Reyco Granning. “The work ethic of the people in the Seventh District is off the charts.”

“It’s a pleasure to host Congressman Long and to be included in his visit to the area; we’re always excited to show him [our] people,” said James Hoenshell, vice president of operations for Reyco Granning. “It’s a good opportunity to get to know him and present our concerns and to learn about his concerns.”

While examining some of the pictures illustrating the history of Reyco Granning hanging at the front entrance to the plant, Long said that prior to running for Congress, he had actually purchased the old Reynolds Manufacturing Company facility in Springfield. (Reynolds Manufacturing, founded in Springfield in 1914, was the predecessor of the Reyco part of Reyco Granning.) Having since sold it, Long said that he had a terrible time with “graffiti artists” using the building as a canvas.

Reyco Granning and its predecessors have operated the Mt. Vernon plant since 1973. The 130,000 sq. ft. facility currently employs 167 people. The company has yearly revenues of about $44 million.

This trip was announced as a way for Congressman Long to meet with business and industry leaders; his first stop was to a luncheon and roundtable discussion in Monett.

While in Mt. Vernon, Long also visited the Lawrence County Courthouse, where he viewed the recent renovations and visited with county officeholders.

Long also briefly addressed the immigration situation facing the local Nguyen family. He said that while he couldn’t comment on the case specifically due to privacy concerns, he is aware of the situation.

“I hope that gets resolved fast; it’s just a terrible situation,” said Long.


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