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post #1 of 18 (permalink) Old 04-18-2017, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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What a day to work at Snap-On...

Kenosha prepares for President Trump?s visit - TMJ4 Milwaukee, WI

It's a zoo of security around here today.

All associates are invited to the signing and (I assume) a speech...guess I'll get to tell my grand kids about the time I met a president!

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Great to tell your grandkids (and kids!).

Time flys. I was working part time at Allis Chalmers while in college. JFK and Hubert Humphrey were Democrats running for president. They both visited Allis Chalmers to meet factory workers. We had no idea at the time the history that would revolve around JFK.
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I'll bet it's a Zoo there in town, but you will have a memory for a lifetime
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That is super cool.
Let us know how it went.

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How was Trumps' visit? Heard parts of his speech on the radio. Sounded good. Did your plant employees give him a good reception?

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Thoughts from the day (as A-political as I can make them...). I work as an engineer in hand tools for Happy Snappy, our corporate HQ is in Kenosha which used to be a plant, but has since moved.

While one would intuitively know the security would be high...it is still quite impressive to see the lengths they go to. The day before the Secret Service could be seen walking the campus, looking around, identifying possible threats, etc. They limited the number of cars in the parking lot, and provided off site parking with shuttles for employees (I got in super early to avoid that noise). The morning of, any cars that were in the lot overnight got searched. They had the helipad blocked off with 18-wheeler trailers.

The crowds started gathering around 10:00am across the street - protesters and supports alike. Interestingly enough, there were twice as many supporters as protesters, but the news outlets make it seem the opposite. There was an organized protest and several random organized ones. Some guys I work out with were on the street, they relayed some of that info to me.

We have an auditorium, small museum, and several displays (for investors and potential franchisees). The event was in the auditorium, and Trump got a tour of the museum and displays from Nick (the CEO) beforehand. All that was blocked by curtains. All employees had to exit the building and got through a TSA style security checkpoint to get into the auditorium, and not everyone got in. The flag on the stage that was behind Trump is a prop we've had for some time, but it is made out of production wrenches that were de-chromed, bent, welded, and painted. Pretty cool display. Literally every single tool on the stage was wired down per SS's orders (no chance for a weapon of opportunity). I was in the last 15 or so that got through the door - just didn't get in line early enough, I had a meeting that ran up pretty close to the event.

From this point on it was almost a rock concert. They got us all in about 1.5 hours before He arrived, so I was standing in the back, probably 200 feet from the stage. He got a warm welcome, made his speech, signed the EO, and exited. Not in a hurry or anything, just didn't hang around. I was hoping to maybe meet, shake a hand, selfie, or something (I had a hat and sharpie for my father in case that opportunity presented itself), but I was never closer than the pictures show. As soon as "elvis had left the building" they let us all out.

All in all it was a very cool event. When else do you get to see the President in person? Regardless of who is in office, any sane person would take a leap at that opportunity. It was very locked down, I was lucky to get in.

We have a pretty airtight social media policy, so I'm not going to offer any opinions beyond I thought we were a natural choice for this event because Snap-On is probably one of, if not THE, flagship for American manufacturing. 100% of all Snap-On branded hand tools and tool boxes are U.S. manufactured with U.S. procured steel. So it was neat all the nods he gave us in the speech. The story of the green felt was something told to him during the tour, so at least that part was off the cuff for him. His speech style is definitely more conversational (which drives a few people that I know nuts).

All in all it was a very cool, once in a lifetime experience. Enjoy the few pictures.















P.S. - my work computer wont open images from the hosting site I use, so if there's an issue with the pics I wont see it on my end.
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Pics did not come out. At least not for me just a box with a black X in in the center. Sounds like a good time and worth the extra obstacles!
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Pics show in Tapatalk! Cool experience.

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Regardless of which side of the fence a person is, this is a pretty cool experience. Thanks for sharing with us!

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I bet it's safe to say he won't be going to HF anytime soon.
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What a day to work at Snap-On...

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I bet it's safe to say he won't be going to HF anytime soon.

Why? His product lines are all Chinese. As are those red hats. Lol.

When I was a sound guy I did sound for an Obama speech on campus, the Republican straw polls in Ames, and a Ron Paul event (he had a monkey on his bus). Setting up the sound for a sitting President was quite a debacle though. They had to check every piece of equipment.


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I bet it's safe to say he won't be going to HF anytime soon.
Uhm...HF?


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Thanks for the report. Neat story. That flag is really cool tool. MAGA with Snap On tools!

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Uhm...HF?
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Great Memories.

I had the "responsibility" "honor" "terror" of giving about a 7 minute briefing to President Reagan in a room about 15' by 20'. It was crammed full of VIP's (Sec Defense, a Senator, etc.)

I rehearsed it 2000x times, and he paid great attention, and asked a couple questions, and thanked me when I was finished.

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