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Rep. Napolitano Visits Custom Alloy Light Metals & Brackett Field Airport

August 13, 2015
Press Release

(El Monte, CA) Yesterday, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (CA-32) visited Custom Alloy Light Metals in the City of Industry and Brackett Field Airport in the City of La Verne, discussing local job creation and transportation issues.

“Custom Alloy is recycling aluminum waste in an environmentally-friendly way, which is then turned into usable alloy bars to make household appliances, cars, airplanes, and many other aluminum-based products. Much of the aluminum extracted is sold to businesses in California, boosting our manufacturing sector and sustaining American jobs.” Napolitano said. “Brackett Field has served LA County’s aviation needs for more than 75 years, prioritizing the safety of its workers, pilots, and passengers. From business travel and flight training to emergency preparedness and response, it continues to provide critical services to residents and communities across the San Gabriel Valley.”

Custom Alloy Light Metals produces aluminum ingots (small bars of aluminum) from recycled aluminum scrap, which are then sold to parts makers and manufacturers--70% remains in the United States. Employing 75 full-time workers, Custom Alloy supports Bassett High School in La Puente through an annual student essay contest for a scholarship and a charity golf tournament. Later Napolitano visited Brackett Field Airport, a general aviation (small planes) airport owned and operated by Los Angeles County, which supports approximately 200 jobs. LA County Aviation Director Richard Smith briefed Napolitano on airport operations, nonaeronautical revenue generation, contract air traffic control, and also led a tour of the air traffic control tower and the flight school. Napolitano is the highest ranking California member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, which may consider a bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) this fall.