Vice President Mike Pence will be in Buffalo Township on Friday, visiting an Oberg Industries facility.

The visit will be the first stop on a nationwide “Great American Comeback Tour” by America First Policies, a conservative organization that promotes the policy agenda of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Pence will be the special guest for the inaugural stop of the tour.

Ken Eck, corporate communications manager at Oberg, said the company got word of the visit late last week and is in the midst of preparing. Because of public health guidelines during the covid-19 pandemic, Eck said attendance at the event at Oberg’s stamping plant will be limited to 80 to 90 people. Eck said seating will be “appropriately spaced” and the event will be livestreamed to employees viewing from separate locations in Freeport.

Pence also will be given a tour of a neighboring facility that manufactures medical devices.

Eck said he expects the vice president to speak to the “resiliency” of American manufacturers, many of which are in the process of reopening after prolonged shutdowns.

Oberg was able to stay open for most of the pandemic, as its production of medical tools was considered an essential business. The company manufactures a variety of products for housing and construction, automotive, shale mining and many other sectors — a testament to the manufacturing industry’s adaptability, Eck said.

Cliff Forrest, chairman and owner of Oberg, has contributed heavily to Republican politicians and committees over the years. According to Federal Election Commission data, Forrest has made at least $431,750 in political contributions since 2015. That includes a $100,000 donation to the political action committee Trump Victory in 2016.

According to a news release, the “Great American Comeback Tour” will take place across the country, featuring special guests from the Trump Administration, along with federal, state and local elected officials and private sector experts. The focus, the news release said, is on policies that will drive America’s economic recovery following the pandemic.

“The latest jobs report only highlights how eager Americans are to get back to work and open their businesses. America First Policies has laid out a ‘Great American Comeback’ agenda that includes important steps Congress can take to help supercharge our economic recovery,” Brian O. Walsh, president of America First Policies, said in a statement.

Teghan Simonton is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Teghan at 724-226-4680, tsimonton@triblive.com or via Twitter .

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