NWPCA Congressional Plant Tour Guide

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TABLE OF CONTENTS NATIONAL WOODEN PALLET & CONTAINER ASSOCIATION 1421 Prince Street Suite 340 Alexandria, VA 22314 Phone: 703-519-6104 Fax: 703-519-4720 SHOWCASE YOUR PLANT AND BUILD RELATIONSHIPS A Guide to Successful Plant Tours for Elected Officials and Their Staff Conducting manufacturing plant visits for members of Congress and their staff is a good way to build relationships for your company and increase support for a pro-growth, pro-business agenda. Likewise, they provide excellent opportunities for lawmakers to meet with their constituents, hear the success stories and the struggles that manufacturers face and see first hand how their policies work in real life. Plant tours educate lawmakers on the importance of manufacturing 's role in the economy. These visits can provide excellent press opportunities for your company. Better yet, the member of Congress will remember your role in your community and your hospitality. This guide will help you plan, prepare for and conduct a successful plant tour and ensure that your experience is as effective as possible.You will find a simple yet thorough checklist to follow to ensure your plant tour runs as smoothly as possible. Plant tours paint the perfect picture of manufacturing at work. INTRODUCTION 2 CHECKLIST FOR PLANT TOURS 3 Setting up the plant tour 4 Planning for the media 6 Organizing the plant tour 8 Preparing displays/literature 9 Preparing for arrival 10 Conducting the tour 11 Following up after the tour 12 SAMPLE INVITATION LETTER TO MEMBER OF CONGRESS 5 SAMPLE MEDIA ADVISORY 7 2

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