Congressman Reichert visits Terex AWP HQ

By Maria Hadlow13 September 2010

Congressman Reichert trying out the Genie Z-45 boom at Terex AWP.

Congressman Reichert trying out the Genie Z-45 boom at Terex AWP.

Terex AWP (Aerial Work Platforms) recently hosted US Representative David Reichert, who represents the 8th district of Washington State, at the Terex AWP Redmond campus. The idea behind this meeting was to acquaint the Congressman with Genie and Terex products and how they are used, and to encourage him to support legislation that would benefit both the business and construction industry.

Joe Krider, Terex vice president of strategic accounts and government affairs, discussed several issues, including tax credit parity for technology such as the Terex HyPower hybrid system, the importance of trade agreements and tariff reductions, and the critical need for comprehensive long-term infrastructure planning and investment for America. The Congressman agreed with the need for developing an overall infrastructure vision as well as the need for improved trade agreements to encourage domestic manufacturing and exports.

After the presentations, the Congressman stepped out on to the plant mezzanine where he was given a plant overview by operations director Neal Nowick. Mr Reichert said he was impressed with the lean manufacturing system and found that the Terex value of "Servant Leadership" resonated with him.

The meeting concluded with Mr Reichert ascending in a Genie Z-45 boom, where he could get a better view of his district.

"We shared a compelling message and came away with verbal support from Congressman Reichert for issues that are important for us and our customers," said Rusty Pugh, government sales manager, who arranged the visit. "I'm quite proud of our collaborative effort. We hope to continue the relationship with Congressman Reichert and plan to discuss topics such as foreign trade in the future."

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