I Make America
14 April 2014
ICE Press Release
ICE® - International Construction Equipment, Inc. (est 1974) is celebrating 40-years in business.
Located in Matthews, NC, ICE® manufactures pile driving and drilling equipment since 1974. “Anything built over three stories requires a deep foundation to create a safe structure. Our engineers, machining crew and assembly teams hand build this equipment in Matthews, NC.” Says Christian Cunningham, ICE® Chief Operating Officer. In this year alone, our team in Matthews, NC engineered, machined & assembled the USA’s largest vibratory hammer.
“Manufacturing machines built in America helps our local economy grow” states Kurt Seufert, ICE Chief Financial Officer. “We invest in our people as well. Many of our Team Members have been working with ICE for 20-years or more.” Not only does ICE support its employees and families but continues to push forward on infrastructure across the USA in support of its customers.
ICE has been the recipient 3-years running of the Pillar of the Industry Award given by the AEM, Association of Equipment Manufacturers, in its “I Make America” campaign. This year is harder than most for the team at ICE as it continues to try and earn it’s pillar of the industry award. “We are overly active in trying to get more representation to focus on the importance of companies creating jobs in Union County, North Carolina, including increased infrastructure funding.” Says ICE Marketing Director, Pollyanna Cunningham.
“ We joined the “I Make America” campaign when we learned the US government was sending out job bids and not informing USA manufacturers, accepting international quotes without domestic competition.” states Seufert. “It hurts not only ICE®, a family owned company, but also our local economy. We have been working on outreach ever since. However, because we are a small company, it is hard to get the attention to these issues by ourselves.”
ICE® has learned from the AEM outreach programing (I MAKE AMERICA campaign) that infrastructure investment is a proven economic engine with staying power. It creates lasting jobs and economic benefits to our customers while helping us to employee more team members in NC, according to the latest info from the AEM. 89% of Americans agree “America needs to dramatically increase manufacturing jobs so our economy can keep pace with other countries” according to AEM polls. As you probably know, 45% of U.S. roads are in less than good condition and 12% of bridges are structurally deficient, according to the Council on State Governments. If these AEM stats are true, 66% of voters believe “Given current economic conditions, it’s a good time to build and repair America’s roads and bridges.”
Our team does everything possible to keep our employees working but without continual funding to infrastructure, like bridges and road work, our customers’ construction companies do not have the need to use foundation equipment. In turn this can cause a decrease in our manufacturing production and a decrease in jobs right here in NC.
We are positive looking into the future and hope for another 40-years of building foundation equipment in Matthews, NC.
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