The 2017 I Make America tour marched on this week, with a visit to Vermeer Corporation in Pella, Iowa.
Congressman Dave Loebsack joined Vermeer President and CEO Jason Andringa and other company leaders for a tour of the 1.4 million square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility before visiting with employees.
"I am proud to represent a world class manufacturing company, like Vermeer. From the fields of Iowa to worksites across America, Vermeer supplies the equipment needed to build, feed and fuel the world,” Congressman Loebsack said. “When manufacturers make things right here in Iowa, it is not only a win for our rural economy, but also for our hard-working men and women. I was honored to be able to tour Vermeer's facility and to speak with many of their employees."
The congressman’s visit to Vermeer was part of AEM’s I Make America program, which this year highlights the equipment that is made in the United States and the jobs that depend on a strong industry. During his visit, Loebsack enjoyed a first-hand look at modern manufacturing and an opportunity to meet the men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry.
The visit included a town hall style Q&A with 200 Vermeer employees, where the congressman discussed issues ranging from the state of agriculture economy, to the need to continue to incentivize research and development, to better broadband access for rural Americans.
Andringa, who sits on AEM’s Board of Directors, also penned a piece for his hometown newspaper, the Pella Chronicle, on why manufacturing matters in Pella, and to communities across the country.