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Hartzler Visits In District

Posted October 23, 2014 at 3:44 pm

Good Day,

This has been another in-district work week, and I want to take the opportunity to share some of the things I have been doing and the people and places I have visited.

I recently visited one of our district’s leading manufacturers of custom products used by the trucking industry. The ROM Corporation in Belton is a leader in the food distribution, fire service and building security industries, specializing in engineering, manufacturing and distributing of custom products such as safety walkramps, LinksGuard security closures, roll-up doors, cargo trays and LED lighting.

It is truly a pleasure to tour the manufacturing plants in our

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    “Recent studies by the U.S. Department of Labor indicate that the vast majority of Americans are not getting enough sleep to maintain optimal health and peak performance,” said Wardlow.

    The study shows that missing as little as 1.5 hours of sleep in one night can reduce a person’s job performance by 32 percent the next day. Sleep deprivation can cause these problems; a reduction in performance,

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    Number of ISIL fighters is ever-increasing

    Good Day,

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