Representative Vicky Hartzler visits the equipmentShare after the invitation

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Fast growing Colombian company EquipmentShare hosted U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler, R-Harrisonville, during a tour of the company’s headquarters Thursday.

Hartzler was invited by incumbent Mayor Brian Treece, who now works for the company, she said. The invitation was not related to city business.

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“Whenever I come to town, I try to visit businesses and schools,” Hartzler said. “I’m happy to be here to see what’s new, what’s happening and how I can support.”

Hartzler is also running for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate, running for the seat left vacant by incumbent Roy Blunt’s decision not to run again.

Security and response in Ukraine underway

Thursday marked a month since the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Rep. Hartzler voted in favor last week of a resolution to suspend trade relations with Russia and Belarus.

“We need to unleash our own energy and not be dependent on dictators,” Hartzler said, while urging President Biden to reverse his decision not to drill oil on federal lands.

Hartzler said his office also works with voters who have relatives in Ukraine.

“They’re working with the State Department to try to expedite their visas and reduce red tape,” she said.

The EquipShare story

EquipmentShare was started by Jabbok and Willy Schlacks.

Their business idea received support when they won Columbia Startup Weekend in 2014. They developed something called T3, a hardware and software system used to track equipment, people and materials used in the construction.

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EquipmentShare is the number one buyer of construction equipment in the United States, said public relations manager Amy Susan, who took Hartzler on tour.

“It inspires the story of these founders and what they did in a short time through creativity, innovation and hard work,” Hartzler said.

EquipmentShare offers machine rentals from over 80 locations across the United States. The company employs more than 2,700 people.

In the construction industry, there was no standardized platform to track construction assets in real time, Willy Schlacks said last month. This included people, supplies, and equipment, which prompted the creation of EquipmentShare.

“We wanted to build a platform and above all create a digitization of the (construction) environment,” he said. “If you can have a digital replica of inventory, that really starts to open up opportunities around measuring and improving productivity.”

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