Vermeer Chair Mary Andringa made a strong case in favor of increased infrastructure investment on behalf of equipment manufacturers during testimony before Congress on Wednesday.
Andringa appeared before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee to speak during the committee's first hearing on advancing President Trump's proposal to make major infrastructure investments.
"We can all agree that the nation needs to restore and upgrade our infrastructure systems," Andringa told lawmakers in prepared testimony. "We need this committee and our congressional leadership to work with President Trump to keep his promise to fix our broken infrastructure systems and to fulfill a basic federal responsibility to facilitate commerce in the United States."
Andringa also highlighted the "Mobility 2050" report produced by AEM's Infrastructure Vision 2050 initiative in collaboration with Northwestern University. Andringa said she "highly recommend[ed]" that members of the committee read the report.
The former Vermeer CEO also touched on the importance of all types of infrastructure -- from roads and bridges to utilities and rural broadband.
"We've talked about a lot of different types of infrastructure this morning, and really, they're all vitally important to our economic well-being," she said.