Congressman Crowley Hosts Queens Businessman for President Obama’s Address to Congress

September 8, 2011
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Joe Crowley (D-Queens, the Bronx) was joined by Queens businessman Manuel Miranda, president of Delicias Andinas, during President Obama’s address to the Joint Session of Congress. Ahead of the President’s remarks, Rep. Crowley and Mr. Miranda met to discuss efforts to spur economic growth and create jobs in Queens and New York.

“As the president of a family-run business in Queens, Manuel brings a unique perspective to the challenges facing New York’s businesses and residents,” said Rep. Crowley. “Family-owned, small businesses like Delicias Andinas are the bread and butter of our economy and the heart of Queens, and I am pleased Manuel could join me for the President’s speech. Manuel’s business might be small, but his ideas, insight and experience are all great and I look forward to continuing to engage him and other New York business leaders on how best to keep our nation’s future bright and prosperous.”

“It is an honor to join Congressman Crowley for this important speech and I appreciate our conversation on what businesses in Queens need to succeed in this economy,” said Mr. Miranda. “When President Obama spoke about innovation and the need to help America’s small businesses in his speech, I couldn’t help but think of my family and our efforts to turn a dream into a reality. I thank Congressman Crowley for this opportunity and I look forward to working with him in the future to help all Queens businesses succeed.”

Family owned and operated, Delicias Andinas began over 20 years ago in the Maspeth section of Queens where it remains the only plant in the U.S. solely dedicated to making arepas, a staple food product originally from Colombia and other Latin American countries. Miranda’s company is trying to open new markets by introducing this product to the mainstream market and expand nationwide sales. Delicias Andinas has 25 employees and produces more than 10 million arepas per year.