Deputy assistant to the President of the United States and director of governmental affairs, Jerry Abramson, visits Nashville and Des-Case.
We were very honored to host about 50 guests on Friday at our Goodlettsville, Tennessee plant. Nashville's Mayor Karl Dean and U.S. Congressman Jim Cooper joined us in welcoming Jerry Abramson to Nashville and Des-Case. Mr. Abramson is Deputy Assistant to the President of the United States and is the White House Director of Inter-Governmental Affairs. In addition, we hosted members of The Department of Commerce's Nashville Export Assistance Center, our local Chambers of Commerce, Vanderbilt University and other city employees and elected officials.
It was a great afternoon that included a plant tour and a panel discussion on free trade. What struck me is how important public/private partnerships are in making exports easier for mid-sized manufacturing companies like Des-Case. The visit was, in part, a celebration of a long standing relationship with the Export Assistance Center, with which we've worked for 15 years. The visit also reminded me of how hard our elected officials work and how important and noble their service is.
Mr. Abramson spoke to the group about two key trade agreements now making their way through the legislative process and how they hold promise to reduce trade barriers to markets in Europe, parts of South America and Asia, all critical markets for us. The visit provided a unique insight into how the legislative process works.
What was most exciting about the day, though, was the opportunity to showcase our people and facility and talk about how the products and services we bring to market extend the life of industrial lubricants and equipment. To see the energy of our staff and the pride in their work and workplace as they interacted with some very high profile guests was amazing for me to watch.