Members of Congress visit NEMA plants

Von Roll, Siemens, GE, others give tours to elected officials

Several members of NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) have recently seen elected officials pay visits to their facilities.

Jonathan Roberts, COO of Von Roll USA, Inc. told EA about having a member of Congress visit his company’s Schenectady, NY location, saying “Congressman Tonko visited our site at the recommendation of NEMA. Von Roll had announced, earlier this year, through Empire Development that we were investing $21,000,000 into our Schenectady site.” The congressman referenced is Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), who toured the factory and learned about Von Roll products.

The Von Roll expansion project was announced this past January. It created 18 new jobs in Schenectady County and included the purchase and installment of new machinery and equipment which allowed the company to increase production and efficiency.

Other visits included Rep. Andy Barr (R-KY) to General Cable in Highland Heights, KY; Senator Rob Portman (R-OH) to ILSCO’s Cincinnati facility; Congressman Kevin Brady (R-TX) to Champion Fiberglass in Spring, Texas; Rep. Joe Pitts (R-PA) to Horizon Signal’s main facility in Reading, PA; Senator David Vitter (R-LA) at General Electric’s Shreveport location; and Rep. Joe Heck (R-NV), who toured the Venetian Hotel, which is owned by the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, to learn about the building management and control systems installed by Siemens Building Technologies.

“[Senator Portman] toured the facility and met with workers to discuss ways Washington can encourage job creation and help Ohio companies grow and hire more workers, and went to work on the ILSCO line.” reported NEMA’s publication, ei- the magazine of the electroindustry.

These appearances come at important times for both the political field and the electrical industry. With the 2016 presidential election fast approaching, potential candidates are gathering support and polishing their profiles before primaries and caucuses begin in February.  The electrical industry, meanwhile, is currently at a crossroads of economic recovery and precarious oil prices. Both arenas expect marked progression to come in the next calendar year.

For more on the state of the electrical industry, click the link above to read EA Senior Editor Kevin Jones’ article on CWIEME Chicago 2016.


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