McCaskill Scores Win for St. Louis, Arnold Manufacturer

Senator’s bipartisan plan to waive burdensome regulation will benefit U.S. manufacturers, including Unico Systems

WASHINGTON - Manufacturers such as St. Louis and Arnold, Missouri's Unico Systems received a boost early this morning, when the U.S. Senate unanimously passed legislation that will make permanent a waiver to ensure certain products are no longer classified in a way that subjects them to unnecessary federal regulations.

"These regulations never made sense for manufacturers like Unico, and I'm glad we were able to get rid of that unnecessary burden," said McCaskill, who joined her Senate colleagues in votes between midnight and 2:00 a.m. ET last weekend. "Small businesses and manufacturing jobs like those in Arnold are critical to Missouri's economic success and I'm going to fight every way I know how to give them the opportunity to succeed and grow."

The Enabling Energy Saving Innovations Act included provisions from the McCaskill-backed SDHV Energy Efficiency Standards for America Act. The measure had strong bipartisan support, including the backing of fellow Missouri Republican Roy Blunt. Unico manufactures small duct high velocity (SDHV) heating and cooling systems. For over ten years, Unico has been seeking to codify an exemption from Department of Energy regulations that mistakenly lumped SDHVs with traditional heating and cooling products despite the fact that SDHVs are more efficient systems. This classification resulted in a loss of sales for Unico.

This win comes on the heels of McCaskill's successful fight against unnecessary EPA regulations that would have negatively impacted Ste. Genevieve-based manufacturer Holcim. McCaskill also delivered a victory for rural communities, forcing the U.S. Labor Department to withdraw proposed regulations that would affect the ability of young adults to work on family farms and ranches.

Read more about McCaskill's fight to expand job opportunities and boost Missouri business HERE.