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GOV. FALLIN and REP. RUSSELL VISIT TEREX OKC

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – August 1, 2017 - It’s not very common for a governor and a congressman to brave a manufacturing factory in the middle of summer – especially when temperatures exceed 100 degrees Fahrenheit –  but Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and Representative Steve Russell did just that on July 21, 2017, when they visited the Terex facility to talk about manufacturing jobs in America.

They were joined by John Garrison, CEO and President of Terex Corporation, and Dennis Slater, President of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). The visit was part of an event called “I Make America,” co-sponsored by AEM and Terex.

Terex was chosen for this visit because it recently moved a significant portion of its manufacturing operations to its plant in Oklahoma. The state-of-the-art facility boasts 700,000 square-feet of operational space. Over the past two years, Terex has invested over forty-million dollars into the facility, including the renovation of a largescale training center, as well as quality-of-life improvements, like the addition of atmospherically-tuned fans designed to keep team members cool.

Terex’s investment has already seen immediate positive results: it is now the only Terex facility in the world capable of producing heavy equipment for all three segments of the company. The three segments include Terex Cranes, Genie Aerial Work Platforms, and Material Processing.

“You know what I like about this place?” Rep. Russell said. “You don't just make stuff. You make stuff that makes stuff.”

After the tour of the facility, Gov. Fallin and Rep. Russell attended a rally in the new training center, where they were able to speak to all Terex team members. During the question and answer period, one of the team members asked Gov. Fallin what can be done about workforce readiness in the State of Oklahoma – and beyond.