Sen. Johnson visits firefighting equipment manufacturer in Lyons
Senator Tim Johnson toured the facility of a firefighting equipment manufacturer in Lyons on Monday.
Johnson visited the manufacturer Rosenbauer America, which is a worldwide leader in firefighting equipment. During his tour he stressed the need to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank, which helps export goods and services around the world and supports nearly 300,000 U.S. jobs.
"Rosenbauer's firefighting technology is very impressive, but I would expect nothing less from our talented South Dakota workforce," Johnson said.
Ex-Im Bank is the official export credit agency of the United States and assists in financing exports to international markets. However, the Bank's charger expires at the end of May—putting the 300,000 jobs at risk.
Johnson is Chairman of the Senate Banking Committee, and last year he and the committee unanimously approved a bill to keep the bank operating for four years. However, its passage was blocked in March.
"I haven't given up and I remain hopeful that we will be able to pass a bill to allow the Ex-Im Bank to continue to promote U.S. exports and support American jobs," Johnson said.
The tour was held by Harold and Helen Boer, President and Owners of Rosenbauer America. The company currently exports approximately 40 percent of the fire trucks produced in Lyons and employs 270 workers.
"Today's visit gave me a firs-hand perspective on why it is important for Congress to do all it can to help support American manufacturers who are creating good-paying jobs here at home, including by supporting the reauthorization of the Ex-Im Bank," Johnson said.