MANHATTAN - On Thursday, Congressman Steve Daines continued his tour across the state, highlighting Montana outdoors and second amendment issues.
So far, the Congressman has visited Blue Creek Sport Shooting Complex in Billing, Simms Fishing Products in Bozeman and Montana Black Gold Bowsights in Belgrade.
On Thursday, Daines toured the Blackhawk Manufacturing facility in Manhattan.
He said it's great to see world- class global companies manufacturing their products right here in the Treasure State.
"The manufacturing base in our country is struggling. It's great to see an example of a manufacturing company that's expanding and thriving right here in Montana," Daines said.
"I'm very proud that these are Montana-made products. There is so much manufacturing that has moved overseas, but here we have made in the USA products."
Blackhawk has about 185 employees at their Manhattan location and 16,000 employees nation wide. Daines said companies like Blackhawk are just another contributing factor to growing our state's economy all while supporting the great outdoors in Montana.
"It really shows the tie between Montana's passion for outdoor sports. We have companies manufacturing their products that we enjoy on the weekends, right here in the Gallatin Valley," Daines said.
Director of Congressional Relations, Bill Berl, said due to federal cuts, a lot of defense and aerospace NASA products have been declining.
"We had a slow down because no one really knew what impact sequestration was going to have," Berl said. "We had the program managers holding back their contracts and their dollars."
He said the company is now focusing on their sporting and security products.
"Roughly half of our orders come out of commercial and sporting and security," Berl said. "The challenge now is taking those orders converting them to sales."
Daines from the Gallatin Valley said he is thrilled to see manufacturing businesses thriving in the area he grew up in.
On Friday, he will tour the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation with the intention of highlighting Montana's Sportsman Heritage and Second Amendment tradition.