US Congressman Brad Ashford Tours Paxton & Vierling Steel Co. in Carter Lake, Iowa
Wednesday, April 27, 2016
by: Lindsey Collins

Section: 2016 NRC Grassroots Events

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Carter Lake, Iowa – On April 25, U.S. Congressman Brad Ashford (D-NE-2) joined National Railroad Construction & Maintenance Association (NRC) and GoRail member – Paxton & Vierling Steel Co. (PVS) – for a tour of their metal service center and structural fabrication facilities in Carter Lake, Iowa.
Attendees included:
Hon. Brad Ashford
Hon. Burke Harr, Nebraska State Senator
Ms. Mary O’Donohue, Business Outreach Representative for Congressman Ashford
Mr. Ed Korbel, CFO, Owen Industries
Mr. Tyler Owen, Executive Vice President, PVS
Mr. Keith Siebels, Vice President of Sales, PVS
Mr. Craig Bence, Manager of IT, Owen Industries
Mr. Ryan Nonnemaker, State Director for GoRail
Ms. Lindsey Collins, VP of Grassroots Advocacy at NRC
Mr. Owen gave an overview of PVS and their operations. PVS is a division of Owen Industries, a family owned steel fabrication and steel service company. PVS is one of the top industrial fabricators in the United States, producing a variety of quality structural steel products for projects around the world, including a number of bridges for our rail network.
Mr. Owen gave a tour of the facility, which includes both PVS’s Metal Service Center and Structural Fabrication facilities. Their steel fabrication and metal processing operations employ 130 people on this 30 acre site, which includes a 500,000 square foot fabrication facility. The facility is serviced by freight rail, providing access for transportation of completed products to project locations throughout North America. 
“Companies such as Paxton & Vierling Steel are proof that manufacturing remains an essential component of the American economy,” said Rep. Brad Ashford. “Growing our economy and creating high-paying jobs are shared bipartisan goals for all members of Congress.”  
Congressman Brad Ashford was elected to serve Nebraska’s 2nd congressional district in 2014. Brad was one of only two democrats across the country to beat an incumbent House republican in 2014. Prior to being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, Brad served as a state senator. Congressman Ashford serves on the House Armed Services Committee on the Emerging Threats and Capabilities, and Strategic Forces subcommittees. He also serves on the Committee on Agriculture on the General Farm Commodities and Risk Management, and Nutrition subcommittees. 
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