Strong relationships between businesses and elected officials in local, state, and federal governments are crucial for economic growth and prosperity. Local business leader Mark Warner takes the lead of forging and bolstering these relationships for EZTube and Amazon to build a brighter future for Tioga County and its surrounding areas.
WELLSBORO, PA (June 27, 2023) – Last week, Mark Vincent Warner, Director of Government Affairs and Global Marketing at International Designs, the creator and manufacturer of EZTube, joined Amazon’s Public Policy team in meeting with key legislators, Congressional representatives, and Senators in Washington, D.C. on behalf of Amazon’s Seller Advocacy Summit. The primary focus of the summit was to lobby for third party, independent sellers on Amazon’s ecommerce website. During the visit, Mark Warner had the opportunity to meet with government officials, legislators, industry leaders, legislative staff, and decision-makers in Washington, D.C. and advocate for key legislation that would directly benefit small businesses in the Wellsboro, Pennsylvania and Greater Twin Tiers region. “This was an absolutely tremendous experience. I’ve been lobbying for EZTube since 2015, but in the past I’ve focused primarily on defense contracts. It was my first time doing corporate lobbying, and it was really trial by fire going in for Amazon,” Warner stated, adding, “I will say that it was rather amusing meeting with the same faces after all these years and then telling them that I’m here for Amazon this time. Sharing a name with a sitting U.S. Senator always makes things extra fun down there,” Mark quipped with a smirk.
Identifying and Addressing Economic Needs of the Region
Warner’s meetings during the lobbying summit aimed to explore collaborative opportunities and gain insights into the evolving needs of regional constituents and different market sectors. By understanding the challenges faced across different industries, EZTube can further refine its offerings by tailoring products, services, and solutions that address specific requirements, ultimately driving growth and efficiency while positioning itself as an economic powerhouse within the region.
In a statement about the summit, Warner said, “Places like Tioga County need these sorts of catalysts for economic growth. They’re very important. As a business in rural Pennsylvania, it’s awfully important to establish a strong presence in places like Washington and Harrisburg so that our elected officials know that there are businesses here that are thriving, innovating, and committed to the wellbeing of the area who are also operating on the global stage in major industries like aerospace, defense, and pharmaceuticals. When I lobbied for the first time in 2015 and I told Pat Toomey what EZTube did, his face dropped and he said, ‘I just had no idea that there was a business doing what you’re doing in my constituency,’ so it really does help. They get to hear, firsthand, how their legislation allows us to operate and, by extension, impact the economy of their constituency. This time, I was fortunate to be able to represent Amazon in conjunction with EZTube and explain how such a partnership is crucial for economic growth of this region.”
EZTube’s visit provided a platform to showcase our innovative products and solutions to policymakers. Presentations allowed elected officials to understand the versatility, adaptability, and quality of EZTube’s modular building system, as well as the vital role that EZTube and International Designs plays in the local economy. EZTube’s presence in Washington, D.C. in conjunction with Amazon allowed Mr. Warner to reinforce both companies’ commitment to advocating for innovative building solutions that drive economic growth and sustainable practices for an environmentally bright and economically prosperous future. During his visit, Mr. Warner engaged in discussions on the importance of modular construction, along with its extensive uses for public and private sector applications. Mr. Warner highlighted the benefits of cost-efficiency, reduced waste, improved sustainability, and accelerated project timelines which could be further optimized through the support of state, local, and federal governments. By championing the use of EZTube’s modular framing system, Mark Warner strove to shape policies that encourage the adoption of advanced and creative engineering methods and pledged the support of both EZTube and Amazon to an economically and environmentally sustainable future.
One of the key outcomes of the visit was the establishment and strengthening of essential relationships with key legislators and policymakers. These connections form the foundation of collaborative efforts and future partnerships. By fostering trust and open dialogue, EZTube aims to develop strategic alliances that drive innovation, address industry challenges, and create mutually beneficial opportunities for all parties involved. Mr. Warner’s visit to Washington, D.C., was not merely a networking opportunity, but a catalyst for industry advancement. By engaging with government officials and decision-makers, Mr. Warner emphasized that EZTube aims to contribute to the development of policies that support innovation, infrastructure growth, and sustainable practices. Through collaborative efforts, EZTube, Amazon, and the federal government can drive the adoption of advanced building solutions, revolutionize construction practices, and create a positive impact on a multitude of industries.
The visit marked a significant milestone in our ongoing commitment to driving innovation and forging strong partnerships. By engaging with Amazon, policymakers, and industry leaders, EZTube aims to shape the future of framing, construction, and sustainable materials sourcing, while providing cutting-edge solutions that address the evolving needs of diverse sectors. EZTube remains dedicated to revolutionizing the way we build, creating sustainable and efficient solutions that empower industries worldwide. Together, we can build a better future, one partnership at a time.
We are thankful to Amazon for hosting this incredible summit and allowing Mark Warner to serve as the catalyst for economic prosperity across the region.
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About International Designs and EZTube
Founded in 1987, International Designs has been at the forefront of revolutionizing the way structures are built. International Designs is the creator and manufacturer of the EZTube modular framing system, an innovative and versatile light-duty construction system that offers a cost effective and simple way to construct structures with virtually no limit on design. Our journey began with a simple idea: to develop a modular system that is easy to use, durable, and adaptable. Over the years, we have refined and perfected our product, ensuring that it meets the highest standards of quality and performance. Today, EZTube stands as a trusted name in the industry, with a growing community of customers who rely on us for their building needs across every industry.
EZTube eliminates the need for welding, grinding, and end-user fabrication. The system consists of a wide variety of aerospace-grade aluminum extrusions, steel tubes, and stainless steel tubes, which are assembled using an extensive choice of high-strength, low-weight glass-filled nylon injected composite and welded steel-core connectors. EZTube is staffed with complete design, service, and fabrication departments, offering customers extensive design, sourcing, cutting, drilling, milling, CNC machining, custom assembly, and bespoke services. EZTube offers a range of custom-cut panels, a full portfolio of accessories, and powder coating services for custom colors. EZTube has been supplying a wide variety of companies across a plethora of industries including the industrial, manufacturing, display, trade show, pharmaceutical, engineering, museums, zoological, automotive, technological, aerospace, defense, and automation industries since its inception in 1987. Please contact our sales department for more information on any of our products.
Mr. Mark Vincent Warner, Director of Government Affairs and Global Marketing