TARRYTOWN, NY-Representative Duncan L. Hunter was presented the Hand Tools Institute American Manufacturing Champion award by representatives of the Hand Tools Institute (HTI), a trade association of American hand tool manufacturers. This award is intended to recognize legislators that demonstrate strong support for manufacturing. Representative Hunter is the first recipient of this award.

Scott Meyer, president emeritus of HTI presented the award to Congressman Hunter in his offices in Washington, DC. During the presentation, Mr. Myer said, “The board of directors of the Hand Tools Institute voted unanimously to present this award to you, Congressman Hunter, in recognition of your tireless efforts to combat predatory trade policies, ranging from currency manipulation to illegal subsidies designed to achieve industrial supremacy at America’s expense. Thank you, Representative Hunter, for fighting for American manufacturing and American workers.”

Others from HTI present at the award ceremony were Earl Cunningham, president and CEO of Eklind Tool Co., Franklin Park, IL; Robert Benedict, president of Ajax Tool Works, Franklin Park, IL; and Rich Byrne, HTI Executive Director, Tarrytown, NY. Congressman Hunter represents California’s 52nd Congressional District consisting of eastern and northern San Diego County. Earlier this year, he sought the Republican nomination for President of the United States.