Loren Cook Company

Jerry Cook
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Business and city leaders are among those supporting calls by President Donald Trump to ease the tax burden on the middle class.

Trump visited Springfield Wednesday to launch his tax reform proposal, speaking to roughly 1,500 inside Loren Cook Company, which makes ventilation equipment. The crowd consisted of invited employees and their families, as well as state and federal elected officials.

Loren Cook Company
Scott Harvey / KSMU

This story has been updated to reflect an updated time for the president's arrival and subsequent speech.

President Donald Trump will speak at a Springfield manufacturing facility in a private event Wednesday.

The information provided by the White House Monday indicates a much different event than Trump’s trip to Phoenix last week, a campaign-style rally before thousands. Wednesday’s speech is to focus on tax reform, according to the White House, and will viewed primarily by credentialed media. It is not open to the general public.