Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin headlined a December I Make America visit to Link-Belt in Lexington on Monday to meet with employees and participate in roundtable discussion with AEM and company executives.

Bevin toured Link-Belt’s state-of-the-art, 770,000 sq. ft. manufacturing facility in the Bluegrass State.

Vice President of Manufacturing Paul Culler led the tour, which featured stops at the BURKHARDT+WEBER universal machining center, which is used extensively for the company’s boom production process, and a recently-added bay for manufacturing and production of large rough terrain cranes, large truck cranes and telescopic crawler cranes.

“We appreciate Governor Bevin touring the Link-Belt facility and meeting with some of our employees,” said Link-Belt Cranes President and CEO Melvin Porter. “His commitment to workforce development, investment in infrastructure and the elimination of wasteful ‘red tape’ requirements align with what Link-Belt believes are critical for future success and growth.”

Said Gov. Bevin: “The men and women at Link-Belt are producing some of the best products in America. Their high-quality products are made right here in Kentucky, and are a testament to the Commonwealth’s incredible manufacturing strength. With the work of companies like Link-Belt, Kentucky will be the undisputed center of engineering and manufacturing excellence in America.”

Since 2008, Link-Belt has been implementing a significant expansion and upgrade of its manufacturing capabilities, investing in excess of $25 million in formed boom production capabilities, making it one of the very few crane builders in the world manufacturing its own formed boom.