regional report

Great Lakes: New Regional Manager for Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin

As your new Great Lakes Regional Manager, I wanted to let you know about what we’ve been doing and what we have planned for the region. I’ve been with AED for four years now, mostly handling national public relations as well as outreach and marketing for The AED Foundation. When I recently decided to move to northern Wisconsin, it only made sense for me to assume additional responsibilities as regional manager for Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin, three states I have spent a lot of time in and am very fond of. I am hoping to build on the great foundation laid by Mike Dexter, so I look forward to meeting you if I have not already.

In addition to working with AED members on whatever they need to grow their businesses through outreach, education and workforce development, I intend to focus on two key areas, the first being our outstanding community college accreditation program. Although we have some great schools already engaged in the region, we are looking to add programs at several more schools.

The first two likely to come on board in 2018 are Hibbing Community College in Hibbing, Minnesota, and Gateway Technical College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Last fall, I made a trip to Hibbing and met with their diesel technology instructor and some of their students. I can tell you they have a great program that can serve the entire northwest corner of Minnesota. I can’t wait to add them to our roster of AED Foundation-accredited schools.

My other area of focus will be scheduling congressional visits with AED member companies. Nationally, AED set up more than 40 visits last year. These visits are a great way to highlight the importance of what you do and to demonstrate to your member of Congress just how critical infrastructure projects are. In October we had a very successful visit with Rep. Jack Bergman at Road Machinery & Supplies in Negaunee, Michigan.

Rep. Bergman is a very impressive leader. Whether serving as a three-star general in the Marine Corps, carrying passengers safely from one destination to another as a pilot for Northwest Airlines, or starting his own business in the medical equipment field, Rep. Bergman has always been committed to serving others. He’s mission- and results-motivated, and as representative of Michigan’s First Congressional District, that means supporting policies and practices that work for Michiganders.

Bergman met with workers from Road Machinery & Supplies and toured the facility, speaking with workers about how he could help through his role in Congress.

“We know that when we build a road we’re going to need to maintain the road, and that’s ongoing,” said Bergman. “So companies like this are part of the future – with their technology and their understanding, we’re going to be able to get the infrastructure we need at a cost we can afford.”

Jon Anderson, vice president and general manager of Road Machinery, stated, “It was great to host Congressman Bergman at our facility in Negaunee. We really appreciate him taking the time to learn more about our industry, and we value the relationship we’re building with him.”

Road Machinery & Supplies Co. is a distributor of construction and mining equipment with sales and support operations throughout the Upper Midwest. They are a multiline dealer, representing the best brands of construction equipment in the industry, backed up with a commitment to employee training and service excellence.


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