French Hosts Ohio Representative Jena Powell

French Oil Mill Machinery Company hosted a Dayton Region Manufacturers Association (DRMA) Government Relations Committee Meet Up with Ohio Representative Jena Powell on Friday, September 13th.

The DRMA Government Relations Committee works to develop and foster relationships with elected officials in an effort to share information about the manufacturing industry and to advocate on behalf of DRMA’s member manufacturers.  Our Company’s Director of Marketing, Tayte French Lutz, has served on the committee since 2018.

During the Meet Up with Representative Powell, the committee shared the Top Issues List that DRMA compiles annually with feedback from its members.

In 2019, the list includes the following concerns:

  • Shortage of skilled workers
  • Business sustainability
  • Corporate tax rate and complicated tax code
  • Cost of healthcare
  • Burden of regulation on business
  • Legalization of marijuana
  • Aging infrastructure

French Lutz commented on the Meet Up, “We were honored to host Representative Powell and to have a productive conversation with her about the concerns facing manufacturers in our region.” She continued, “It is clear that Representative Powell is passionate about helping businesses in her district succeed and we appreciate the legislative work she does toward that effort.”

Director of Marketing Tayte French Lutz, Ohio Rep. Jena Powell and CEO Daniel P. French

Following the meeting, Rep. Powell and members of the Government Relations Committee toured our machine shop and assembly department to see our manufacturing capabilities and to learn more about our company and our custom manufactured hydraulic press systems and processing equipment.

State Representative Jena Powell is serving her first term in the Ohio House, representing the 80th District, which includes Miami County and a portion of Darke County.  At 25 years of age, she is the youngest serving member of the Ohio General Assembly. Rep. Powell holds a business degree from Liberty University and co-owns and outdoor marketing company in the region.