IOI chief lobbies to protect 85 jobs

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Industrial Opportunities Inc. President Tom O’Brien (left) shows visiting U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) a tourniquet while Charlie Cornwell (right) works on Sept. 3.  

The president and CEO of Industrial Opportunities Inc. has been quietly lobbying the state’s congressional leaders to implement a two-year moratorium on a federal law that could force 85 workers at the local plant to loose their full-time work status.

IOI President Tom O’Brien met privately with U.S. Sen. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) on Sept. 3 after a tour of the plant with officials from its biggest vendor, Tactical Medical Solutions Inc.

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