Mankato Free Press: Walz touts small business as growth engines

MANKATO — Thin Film Technology is doing what many people think can’t be done in the United States.

“We have manufacturing jobs located here and they’re exporting to China,” said U.S. Rep. Tim Walz, who visited the North Mankato firm Tuesday.

CEO Tom Lietha said 30 percent of the company’s electronic components are sold in China and another 20 percent in other Asian nations.

“Our employees can compete globally,” Lietha said.

But to continue doing that, he said taxes must be held and policies need to ensure a level playing field with global competition.

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