During a tour of electric motorcycle company BRAMMO, Inc. in Ashland Thursday morning, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) expressed his support for sustainable electric transportation.

During a tour of electric motorcycle company BRAMMO, Inc. in Ashland Thursday morning, Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) expressed his support for sustainable electric transportation.

Sen. Merkley’s visit to the factory followed a town hall style meeting at Southern Oregon University.

The freshman senator met with, Brian Wisemann, director of product development and talked with employees about their work. Later, the senator was shown the production process and posed for local media with Brammo’s newest motorcycle, the Enertia. Sen. Merkley said he believes that Brammo is a good example of entrepreneurship and the next step in creating a cleaner environment.

“We need to ensure companies like this one thrive,” he said. “What I’m going to take back to Washington is a new energy economy that will help put people back to work.”

BRAMMO, founded in 2002 by Craig Bramscher, builds sustainable cars and motorcycles based on a new design for electric motors. The company employs approximately 35 workers and was a recipient of a $100,000 state grant following Gov. Ted Kulongoski’s visit last September.

- Jordan Anderson, for the Tidings