NormanRep. Ralph Norman (R-S.C.) stopped by Komatsu America Corp.’s manufacturing facility in Newberry, South Carolina last week for one of AEM's I Make America events, one that highlighted the importance of equipment manufacturing to the state’s 5th congressional district.

The congressman toured the state-of-the-art facility that makes wheel loaders and forklifts, spoke to employees on the shop floor, and drove a WA470 wheel loader off the production line. Throughout the visit, he heard first-hand from the men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry about the issues that matter to them, their families, and their communities.

“It's phenomenal to see what Komatsu has accomplished right here in the great state of South Carolina,” said Norman. “Approximately 200 employees are responsible for building some of the most reliable wheel loaders and forklifts around. And to walk through their Newberry facility is to notice an emphasis on two things: quality and safety. I could not be happier that Komatsu and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers see the value of South Carolina and our incredible workforce. Keep up the outstanding work!”

The congressman stressed the importance of rebuilding and modernizing our infrastructure and creating a more prosperous, globally competitive America through free and fair trade agreements. Both are top policy priorities for AEM.

“The Komatsu Newberry team enjoyed visiting with Representative Norman during his tour of our South Carolina manufacturing operations,” said Don Russell, general manager-NMO Komatsu. “We had a good discussion about the negative effects of tariffs on our industry and the need for greater infrastructure investment, and we look forward to his next visit.”

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