McConnell visits Ky. plant he helped keep open

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell took a victory lap through a northeastern Kentucky garment factory that he helped keep open.

The company president on Thursday credited McConnell with helping preserve about 100 jobs at the Olive Hill plant that makes Air Force jackets.

Federal Prison Industries, which would have given the work to prisoners, recently backed off pursuing work done at the factory.

McConnell toured the Ashland Sales and Service plant and chatted with workers over the whir of sewing machines.

Factory worker Paulette Lowe says she would have resented losing her job to prisoners.

Company President Michael Mansh says the plant would likely have been doomed if it lost the work to Federal Prison Industries.

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