When President Joe Biden was running, his campaign said that he had "a plan to create millions of good-paying jobs and to give America’s working families the tools, choices, and freedom they need to build back better."
Apparently, building back better does not include over 500 workers in Pulaski County.
Within hours of taking the Oath of Office, President Biden signed an executive order rescinding the cross-border permit for the Keystone XL pipeline.
In August 2020, Little Rock-based Welspun Tubular LLC received an order for 1 million feet of pipe for the Keystone XL pipeline.
How big a deal was this for Pulaski County?
"The main thing is it's a significant order that will keep our people busy for several months," Rusty Fisher, president of Welspun's Americas business unit, said in an interview. "That's what we were trying to do. It was very much an order that was needed at the facility so we're very pleased to get it. If we didn't have this order, we would've had to significantly reduce our workforce. It was key for us."
Congressman French Hill also spoke of the importance of these jobs during the time of COVID-19.
"This pro-growth investment in central Arkansas will enhance our nation's modern, safe energy infrastructure while supporting the livelihood of 500 central Arkansas families in the midst of this pandemic."
Please contact your Pulaski County federal and state legislators along with your county JPs and Judge Barry Hyde to ask them to oppose our new president's attack on Pulaski County jobs.