As Congress prepares to take up an infrastructure bill, the top Democratic congressman on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee visited Johnson Crushers International (JCI) for a special I Make America event.
Congressman Peter DeFazio, the ranking member of the House committee in charge of writing an infrastructure bill, visited the division of Astec Industries at its facilities in Eugene, Oregon on Tuesday.
“I’m proud that a Eugene-area company is helping to keep businesses here at home by providing American-made manufacturing jobs,” DeFazio said. “The manufacturing industry supports thousands of jobs in Oregon and contributes $2 billion to the state economy. It’s imperative that Congress continue to work with the private sector to support policies that will encourage manufacturing job growth and development.”
Astec CEO Ben Brock, Group Vice President Jeff Elliott and JCI President Jeff Schwarz led DeFazio on a tour of the facility, where a total of about 600 employees manufacture cone crushers, vibrating screens, and a variety of track-mounted, portable and stationary crushing and screening plants.
DeFazio delivered remarks before some 200 employees, took questions and provided updates about the state of infrastructure, both in Oregon and across the country.
The I Make America tour returns to Oregon next week as the campaign ramps up activities this month to coincide with the August recess.