Wicker tours small business on the coast

Published: Aug. 12, 2011 at 11:08 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2011 at 12:56 AM CDT
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GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - In the midst of economic hardship, a coast business is leading by example and creating jobs. Goldin Metals recently underwent an expansion only to later expand again because of rapid growth.

The metal specialists will be adding 25,000 square feet to its property, and 25 workers to its payroll. Business leaders say they're honored to be taking on more employees.

"We put pride in the fact that our number one asset is our employees," Jason Goldin said. "We have a lot of employees that have been with the company 30 plus years, and we look forward to adding more employees for 30 plus years."

Small businesses like Goldin Metals are what Senator Roger Wicker says should be the blueprint to solving the nation's debt crisis.

"I was actually encouraged today visiting with small businesses and seeing how they're coping with this," Wicker said. "They realize we're in a downturn, but they're just rolling up their sleeves and working harder."

Unfortunately, not everyone is progressing at the same pace. Wicker said it's time to put politics aside and drive the rest of the nation to success.

"It's one of the major decisions that we're going to have to make. Are we going to be mature enough and grown up enough as Americans to make the tough decisions and turn our debt around," Wicker said.

After his visit to the Gulfport facility, Wicker spoke with business leaders in Pascagoula. To illustrate the challenges facing America, Wicker gave his audience a debt quiz with questions like. 'How much of every federal dollar is debt?'

"They need to know that we're borrowing 43 percent of every dollar that we spend. That's way too much borrowing. We're going to have to change this whole shift of state around. It's not something that we're going to be able to do overnight," Wicker said.

The senator also pushed the issue of the Gulf Coast getting back to doing what it does well: Drilling. He said when you consider how many jobs are on the line, last year's oil spill should not shutdown the oil industry in this country.

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