Craig manufacturers visited by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton |

Craig manufacturers visited by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton

Manufacturers in Craig were visited by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton during a trip to Craig Thursday, Aug. 29. Pictured, Good Vibes River Gear owner Josh Veenstra, left, speaks with the congressman about products made in the Yampa Valley.
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CRAIG — Two local manufacturers were among the tour stops made by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton when he visited Craig Thursday, Aug. 29, as part of his campaign for re-election.

Josh Veenstra, owner of Good Vibes River Gear, makes gear in his Craig store using materials sourced in America and took the opportunity to speak with the congressman about the Yampa River.

“We have some issues that I don’t think big government understands, and that is how precious our river is here,” he said. “Keeping the Yampa wild is important to my business and why it’s been successful. We do like our wild spaces wild.”

He said he appreciated Tipton’s interest in small business.

“I thought the visit was really positive. … He made us feel like we are headed in the right direction,” Veenstra said.

John Madsen owner of Madsen Fabrication showed Tipton around his Craig shop while talking about the importance of coal to the community and the impact of recent tax and job reforms.

“I told him that it’s a little soon to tell the impact on us, though my employees enjoyed having a little extra money in their paychecks,” Madsen said. “And, we talked about our dependence on the coal industry and that we liked the way things are looking with the future of coal.”

A small business owner himself, Madsen said he appreciated that Tipton is “a very down to earth person,” adding that “we talked like a couple of guys that had known each other for a long time.”

Read about Tipton’s part in securing $1.7 million for Moffat County from the Anvil Points Project.

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