Tulsa Rig Iron (TRI), designer and manufacturer of mud pumps, mud recycling systems and more, recently welcomed U.S. Rep. Kevin Hern (R-Okla.) to its manufacturing facility in Kiefer, Oklahoma, for an “I Make America” event.
“I Make America” is a grassroots campaign of The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which advocates for policies that support manufacturing jobs and help U.S. equipment manufacturers compete globally.
The purpose of Rep. Hern’s visit was to hear the concerns of the workers and business owners and address some of the regulatory issues affecting U.S. manufacturing companies.
“The mission of this event is to highlight equipment manufacturing both small and large in the U.S.,” said Terry Flynn, vice president of sales and marketing for TRI and emcee for the roundtable discussion and town hall style Q&A. “It’s encouraging to have the involvement of a representative to congress to hear the struggles we deal with in this industry.”
Hern, a member of the powerful Ways and Means Committee in Washington, D.C., toured Tulsa Rig Iron’s state-of-the-art manufacturing facility before addressing those in attendance.
“My whole advocacy is making sure I can do everything that I possibly can as a member of congress to get government out of the way and put Americans to work,” said Hern as he addressed members of AEM, as well as representatives from TRI’s partners in Tulsa Pipeline Equipment Manufacturers (TPLEM), Midwestern Manufacturing and Darby Equipment Co. “You guys have a tough job,” Hern continued. “I just want to say thank you. It takes folks like you to move America forward.”
Founded in 1987 by J.D. Young, Tulsa Rig Iron was the premier designer and manufacturer of horizontal directional drilling rigs, along with mud pumps and mud recycling systems.
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.