JOHNSTOWN, Colo. – U.S. Engineering Company recently welcomed Esther George, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, and other representatives of the Federal Reserve’s 10th District to the company’s manufacturing facility. The tour, which demonstrated U.S. Engineering’s ability to efficiently construct mechanical building systems in a controlled shop environment instead of at a construction site, was part of the bank’s efforts to see real-world examples of technology shaping the future of business.
Traveling the 10th District to talk to businesses, organizations and workers is a strategic part of the Fed’s operations. The bank looks to understand the stories behind the economic data and uncover economic information that won’t immediately show up in the numbers.
“Tours like this help me put context around economic data by illustrating the dynamism of the US economy in a very real way,” George said. “We know that technology is changing the nature of the workforce, and I appreciate the team at U.S. Engineering Company taking time to show me how this translates in their business.”
U.S. Engineering representatives gave a qualitative explanation of what is happening in the construction industry and shared how that segment affects the economy in general. As part of the tour, U.S. Engineering discussed the workforce, operating standards and procedures, and technological advancements.
“We were obviously honored for the opportunity to host President George and her team as they continue to study the nation’s ever-changing economic environment,” U.S. Engineering Chairman and CEO Tyler Nottberg said. “It’s impressive to see their efforts to look beyond the data and see for themselves what’s happening at different companies. It was a privilege to share our company culture, vision and advancements with them.”
At the Johnstown manufacturing facility, U.S. Engineering produces mechanical systems. The company fabricates individual elements like ductwork, piping and plumbing in addition to more complicated modular skids that incorporate multiple trades and equipment.
Historically, the biggest obstacle to doing this construction work in the shop has been the pre-planning necessary to complete it. However, a trend to involve mechanical contractors earlier in the construction process and U.S. Engineering’s enhanced technological processes, have made more work in the shop possible.
The Kansas City Fed, which is the headquarters for the 10th District, oversees seven states: western Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Colorado, Wyoming and northern New Mexico. Branch offices are in Denver, Oklahoma City and Omaha.