A Surprise Trump Visit
by Aaron Johnson, Vice President of Public Affairs on January 20, 2017 - 1:41pm
The inauguration is complete and Donald Trump is president. Addressing the nation from the West Steps of the U.S. Capitol Building, he pointedly spoke about returning control of the government to the people and spurring job growth by reducing federal bureaucracy. Trump said, “Washington flourished, but the people did not share in its wealth. Politicians prospered but the jobs left and the factories closed.”
The oil and natural gas industry has felt its share of economic hardship as federal regulations compounded impacts of low commodity prices. The overreach from DC is the reason why so many individuals and companies supported Trump throughout his campaign. One of those companies is McAda Fluids and Heating Services.
During the campaign, the small business in Fort Lupton, Colorado, showed its support by making a massive “Make America Great Again Sign.” Its employees hung the sign on McAda’s fence line, which runs along the busy Highway 85. Seen by thousands of passersby daily, the sign prompted several phone calls to the service company, many positive and some from upset residents who wanted it taken down.
It also prompted a special visitor. The sign drew the attention of the Trumps. As Election Day drew near last November, McAda was paid a surprised visit by son Eric Trump when he saw the sign while driving between campaign events. The younger Trump created quite a buzz for the small business by stopping in unannounced to express his gratitude and to share the message that he hopes there’s lots of work coming for McAda.
The unprompted moment provided opportunity for Kevin Paschke and Troy Gragg on the McAda team to tour Eric Trump around the fracking service facility. Little did they realize their sign would give them the chance to educate Trump on the jobs created by a small, family-run company that services the oil and natural gas industry.
Eric Trump and Troy Gragg of McAda.
Western Energy Alliance always says the best ambassadors for our industry are the employees. The McAda team proved that point. No scripting was needed for them to share their work on the fly with one of the new president’s closest advisors, who also happens to be his son.
That of course meant a lot to James McAda, the company owner and president. James said, “He was honored to have Eric Trump stop by their new Rockies facility and share his support of our industry.”
We’re honored the McAada team shared their story with us and allowed us to share it with you.