Tulsa, Okla.,
20:06 PM

U.S. Rep. Hern Visits Tulsa Equipment Manufacturers Tulsa Rig Iron and Vacuworx

TULSA, OKLA. – The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), Tulsa Rig Iron, and Vacuworx hosted United States Congressman Kevin Hern (R-Okla.) for two special I Make America events in Tulsa, Okla. The events highlighted the importance of American equipment manufacturing and celebrated the men and women who work hard every day to build a better and brighter future for themselves and their communities.

“Equipment manufacturing supports 77,200 jobs for Oklahomans and contributes $6.9 billion to our state’s economy each year,” said Rep. Hern. “I want to see our critical goods made right here in Oklahoma and across the U.S., revitalizing the U.S. manufacturing sector. I appreciated the opportunity to visit with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and hardworking Tulsans at both the Tulsa Rig Iron and Vacuworx facilities to see American equipment manufacturing at its finest.”

I Make America, AEM’s national grassroots campaign, advocates for the policies that are critical to the industry’s long-term growth and prosperity. Earlier this year, AEM launched Year of Action, a groundbreaking initiative designed to educate and mobilize the 2.8 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry in support of its top policy priorities.

“Tulsa Rig Iron was honored to host Congressman Hern at our Kiefer facility,” said Terry Flynn, Vice President of Sales and Marketing of Tulsa Rig Iron. “Thanks to the support of leaders like Rep. Hern, we can continue to manufacture critical components for the equipment that builds and powers America. We are encouraged to hear about his efforts on Capitol Hill that will allow our company and our industry to thrive in Oklahoma.”

“The challenge lies in recognizing that having choices carries the responsibility to make them wisely,” said Bill Solomon, President of Vacuworx. “Our guiding principles are we care about people, we are relentless on our focus on value for our customers and employees, and we are committed to safety. We appreciate having the opportunity to share our thoughts with Representative Hern, as well as his longstanding support of small businesses.”

“Manufacturing is the backbone of the American economy, and equipment manufacturers such as Tulsa Rig Iron and Vacuwork are the beating heart of communities across the great state of Oklahoma,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM’s senior vice president of government and industry relations. “The 77,000 men and women who build world class equipment in Oklahoma are not afraid of rolling up their sleeves and working hard. But they do need our elected leaders to make a bipartisan commitment to pro-growth policies that will make our nation a more competitive place to do business. We greatly appreciate Congressman Hern’s leadership on behalf of our industry’s top policy priorities, including infrastructure investment and free and fair trade, and his steadfast support for the equipment manufacturing industry in Oklahoma.”

If you would like to get involved with the I Make America campaign and help us advocate for the policies that are critical to the equipment manufacturing industry’s long-term growth and prosperity, please contact Wade Balkonis (wbalkonis@aem.org). Visit hub.imakeamerica.org to learn more.

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About Vacuworx
Founded in 1999 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Vacuworx engineers and manufactures innovative heavy-duty material handling equipment for the oil and gas pipeline, utility infrastructure, civil construction, concrete renovation, hardscape and quarry, and fabrication and precast industries worldwide. Vacuworx Vacuum and Hydraulic Lifting Systems can be customized for many applications and lift capacities. Standard models lift a variety of materials including steel pipe (including most types of coating), plastic pipe (PVC, fiberglass, HDPE), ductile iron pipe, concrete pipe, precast prestressed concrete components, concrete road barriers, saw cut concrete (demolition or rehabilitation), stone and pavers, and steel plate. Lifters can be attached to hydraulic excavators and backhoes (with or without a coupler system), wheel or track type loaders, cranes, pipe layers, skid steers, forklifts, demolition robots and knuckle booms and can also be mounted for a variety of in-plant applications. Vacuworx maintains a global inventory available for purchase or rental. Learn more at vacuworx.com.

About Tulsa Rig Iron
Founded in 1987 by J.D. Young, Tulsa Rig Iron was the premier designer and manufacturer of horizontal directional drilling rigs, mud pumps and mud recycling systems, along with a full line offering of HDD supplies. In 2004, sons Trevor and Troy took the company helm and made the decision to concentrate the company efforts on building the best mud pumps and recycling systems available. Since that time, Tulsa Rig Iron has continued to set the industry standards for mud pump and recycling systems and is the manufacturer of choice for contractors around the globe. They also offer a full rental fleet of their products, and custom build products upon request. Their state-of-the-art manufacturing facility is located on 40 acres in Kiefer, Oklahoma, a suburb just outside of Tulsa. For more information on their product lineup, visit www.tulsarigiron.com

About AEM
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 2.8 million jobs and contributes roughly $288 billion to the economy every year. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

Visit www.aem.org/advocacy for more information. 

About I Make America
I Make America is the grassroots campaign of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which advocates for policies that support manufacturing jobs and help America's equipment manufacturers compete globally.

For more information about I Make America, please visit www.imakeamerica.org.