UniCarriers Americas Corporation (UCA), an Illinois-based forklift manufacturer redefining reliability, hosted U.S. Representative Peter Roskam (IL-R) at its Marengo facility on May 2. Congressman Roskam’s visit represents the third Washington delegate to tour the facility in the past year.
During his hour-long visit, Congressman Roskam met with senior executives, addressed all UCA employees and conducted a “town hall” Q&A. Congressman Roskam acknowledged the forklift industry’s impact on the global economy and how UCA plays a significant part in the overall story.
“We want an economy that has fuel underneath it. What you are doing is absolutely fascinating because you are at the heart of it all,” said Roskam. “You’re an American manufacturer. You’re creating things that are available on a global basis. You’re competing with the best around the world, and you’re winning. That’s a very impressive thing to do, and it’s not lost on me.”
Congressman Roskam, who helped usher in the recently passed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, discussed tax reform advantages to UCA staff and the country as a whole. According to James J. Radous III, president of UniCarriers Americas Corporation, the tax reform plan will benefit both UCA individuals and the company. UCA’s corporate tax rates will go from 35 percent to a flat 21 percent, freeing up additional resources for growth and continuous improvement.
“It’s incredibly humbling to experience three congressional leaders who have taken notice of UniCarriers Americas’ impact on the economy and how we compete in the marketplace,” said Radous. “The hard work and success of UCA has been recognized by both the marketplace and among our nation’s leaders as a company that is doing things right by continuously growing its staff and adding automation.”
Congressman Roskam represents the 6th district of Illinois and serves as Chairman of the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Tax Policy.