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Custom Harvesters Score Key Win on Fuel Transport

For several years, the U.S. Custom Harvesters (USCHI) had lobbied for legislation that would allow producers and custom harvesters with Class A CDLs to haul up to 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel without having to obtain a Hazardous Material (HM) endorsement.With a little help from AEM, an important industry ally scored a key win that […]


Final Iowa Debate Lacking in Manufacturing Issues

By Leif Magnusson 2016 AEM Chair President, CLAAS Global Sales Americas Attending Thursday’s Republican presidential debate in Des Moines, Iowa was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. But while the candidates focused on many important topics, they need to do more to put manufacturing issues in the spotlight. The debate was the last one before Monday’s presidential […]


President Seeks Tools to Strengthen Manufacturing

In his final State of the Union speech, Obama sought to lay the groundwork for the coming campaign, and his successor to be chosen in November. But he also urged Congress to act, during his final year in office, on several issues important to manufacturers. Trade, workforce development and regulation topped the list of issues […]


Turning Frustration into Voter Action

By Dennis Slater AEM President Six months ago, in the sizzling summer heat of Des Moines, we engaged with seven presidential contenders at our I Make America booth at the Iowa State Fair. Last Monday night – as a blizzard threatened – a record number of Iowans gathered in schools and town halls across the […]


AEM Supports Action on Energy Initiatives

AEM joined a slew of other industry associations to prod Congress to act to boost the flagging energy sector. AEM cosigned a letter from the Energy Equipment and Infrastructure Alliance to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to urge the House to support legislation to benefit the entire energy supply […]


Trade Agreement Could Boost Machinery Exports

The agreement must be ratified by all 12 participating nations prior to coming into force.The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), officially signed last week in Auckland, New Zealand, is an industry priority for AEM members this year. Accounting for nearly 40 percent of the world’s economy, this free trade agreement will drastically alter trade and investment throughout […]


Alaska Lawmakers Punt on Proposed Dealer Law

AEM Senior Vice President Nick Yaksich joined Thom Iles from John Deere to travel to Juneau last week to urge lawmakers not to support HB 67, a proposal to overhaul state dealer and warranty laws to the detriment of equipment manufacturers.Alaska legislators voted this week to end legislative work unrelated to the state budget, meaning […]


Washington Landscape to Remain a Challenge, Yaksich Says

Few in the industry are counting on this year’s election to end the gridlock in Washington, said AEM Senior Vice President Nick Yaksich in an interview last week at the National Farm Machinery Show. Speaking with farm broadcaster Max Armstrong, Yaksich noted that there’s still an unwillingness in Washington “to do something big, where there’s […]


Reach Candidates Through I Make America, Slater Tells Members

As the 2016 I Make America tour kickoff nears, AEM President Dennis Slater says presidential candidates need to hear from members about the importance of pro-manufacturing policies. Watch the video below to learn how I Make America can help members get that message across. For more information on the 2016 I Make America tour, contact […]


AEM Launches Competition to Overhaul U.S. Infrastructure

Open to everyone everywhere, the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge leverages the HeroXcrowdsourcing model designed to bring about radical business, technological and social innovation benefiting local and global communities, inspiring new industries and catalyzing markets.AEM has launched the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, a three-phased, crowdsourced competition that will award $150,000 in prizes for innovative ideas to […]


Now is the Time: U.S. Infrastructure Needs Your Help

AEM’s Infrastructure 2050 Challenge is seeking breakthrough solutions for fixing U.S. infrastructure. The three-phased, crowdsourced competition will award $150,000 in prizes for innovative ideas. To help achieve its goal of generating excitement and inspiration among the general public and spurring policy makers to act, AEM encourages member companies to tell their employees about the Challenge […]


Slater on Iowa Radio: AEM Putting Manufacturing Issues ‘Front and Center’

With just a few days left to go before the Iowa Caucus, Slater spoke with Brownfield Ag News and the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network to talk about agriculture and manufacturing issues that voters should mind as they go to caucus on Monday.AEM is working to put manufacturing issues “front and center” as Iowans prepare to […]


Cuba Cautiously Opening Markets to U.S. Manufacturers

As Cuba begins to cautiously open its markets and begin diplomatic engagement with the United States, AEM has encouraged U.S. and Cuban government officials to improve market access for U.S. manufactured goods. AEM recently joined the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), a coalition of leading U.S. agriculture interests seeking to end the trade embargo […]


Six Reasons to Celebrate National Ag Day

National Ag Day is March 15th. Here are six reasons why it’s important for all Americans to recognize – and celebrate – Ag Day each year. Increased knowledge of agriculture and nutrition allows individuals to make informed personal choices about diet and health. Informed citizens will be able to participate in establishing the policies that […]


Trump, Clinton in Command as Campaign Enters AEM Footprint

Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton lead the presidential nomination races in their respective parties as the 2016 campaign shifts to states with high concentrations of AEM member companies. Trump’s victories in seven of the 11 “Super Tuesday” contests this week added to his momentum in the GOP primary, leaving three remaining candidates – Texas Sen. […]


Trade Agreement Will Benefit U.S. Agriculture, Official Says

U.S. agriculture will be better off with the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement than without, a USDA economist told attendees at the 2016 Legislative Agriculture Chairs Summit in Denver. The summit, facilitated by the State Ag and Rural Leaders (SARL) group, annually brings together influential legislators to discuss agriculture and rural policy. AEM is an event […]


Infrastructure Vision 2050: Phase I Deadline March 15

AEM’s Kate Fox Wood provides a progress report on Phase I of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge. Deadline to enter is March 15.


Restore Cuba Trade, Ag Leaders Say

Agriculture leaders strongly expressed their desire to restore trade with Cuba during an event at the Commodity Classic in New Orleans. The event was hosted by the U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC), which seeks to advance trade relations between the U.S and Cuba by re-establishing Cuba as a market for U.S. food and agriculture […]


Manufacturers Must Engage, Forge Consensus

AEM’s advocacy efforts took center stage at this year’s spring board meetings on March 9-10, highlighted by a Government and Public Affairs Committee (GPAC) luncheon and an exclusive dinner for AEM members at the German Ambassador’s residence. As the election season hits full stride, AEM members heard from speakers at a GPAC luncheon headlined by […]


AEM Salutes National Ag Day

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement on Tuesday saluting National Ag Day and the millions of Americans who contribute to America’s national agricultural economy: The equipment manufacturing industry joins its customers and industry allies in celebrating National Ag Day. AEM works to promote a strong and vibrant agricultural economy […]


Gingrich: Can Clinton, Trump Rally Fall Voters?

In an exclusive conference call with AEM members, former U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich said the outcome of this year’s presidential election will hinge on whether Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are able to mature into better general election candidates. Two days after a series of Midwestern primaries helped Clinton and Trump secure strong positions […]


Kip Eideberg Joins AEM as New VP Public Affairs

Johan “Kip” Eideberg has joined AEM as vice president, public affairs. “Kip will have strategic and overall responsibility for the development and execution of government and public affairs campaigns, including I Make America and Infrastructure Vision 2050, with the goal of advancing AEM’s advocacy, legislative and regulatory agenda,” said Nick Yaksich, AEM senior vice president […]


Oh, Canada! AEM Welcomes Infrastructure Plan

The Canadian Government on Tuesday introduced its first budget under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, which calls for almost $12 billion in new infrastructure investments. AEM welcomed the Trudeau government’s first infrastructure plan, which represents “Phase I” of the new prime minister’s campaign proposal to spend as much as $50 billion over the next decade on […]


Trade Benefits Wisconsin, Slater Tells Candidates

As Wisconsin’s April 5th primary approaches, AEM President Dennis Slater took to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Sunday to defend pro-manufacturing trade policy. Writing for Wisconsin’s biggest daily newspaper, Slater forcefully defended pro-manufacturing trade agreements and dispelled some of the biggest myths about trade being perpetuated on the campaign trail. “Any candidate who comes to […]


Case IH’s Walker Questions Candidate on Trade

Trade supports the ability of equipment manufacturers to compete globally, said Jim Walker, an AEM Director and vice president of Case IH North America, during a CNN town hall meeting on Tuesday with Republican presidential candidates. Walker had the opportunity to ask Ohio Gov. John Kasich what he would do as president to support manufacturing […]


Manufacturing Voters Must Speak with One Voice

An April snowstorm. Opening Day at the Brewers. Presidential candidates crisscrossing the state. These rites of spring seem as essential as cheese and bratwurst to residents of Wisconsin. We at AEM also know full well how equipment manufacturing serves as an anchor for the state’s economy, which is why we’re fighting to make our members’ […]


Bring Your A-Game to Spray Drift Control Demo

A planned demonstration of the latest spray drift control technology needs ag sprayer manufacturers to bring their A-game. Building off of its successful tour with officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at the 2015 Farm Progress Show, AEM together with the Agricultural Retailers Association (ARA) is organizing a spray drift control field demo […]


AEM Supports Manufacturing Competitiveness Act

AEM is calling on Members of Congress to support U.S. manufacturers by voting yes on the American Manufacturing Competitiveness Act. The legislation, H.R. 4923, will allow for the suspension of import duties on goods not made in the United States which are vital for U.S. manufacturing. The U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means passed […]


Vote Now for Top Infrastructure Complaint

Voting is now open for the first phase of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge! AEM staff helped to identify the top 10 finalists for the “Complain” stage of the contest, which awards up to $2,500 for the most creative complaint submitted about the state of U.S. infrastructure. Visit the Challenge website and judge for yourself […]


RFS Central to America’s Manufacturing Strength

By AEM Chair Leif Magnusson We’ve heard a lot about the importance of manufacturers during this election season, and as the head of a manufacturing business in Nebraska, I couldn’t agree more. But what many candidates – and voters – don’t understand is how essential the strength of our farm sector is for manufacturing jobs, […]


HUSCO Preps Employees on Manufacturing Issues

The I Make America tour made its first stop in Wisconsin and its second of the year at an event last Monday at HUSCO International, Inc. in Waukesha, Wisconsin. HUSCO CEO and AEM Director Austin Ramirez welcomed state elected officials and AEM leaders to the company’s facilities and spoke to HUSCO employees about the importance […]


Gov. Scott Walker Meets with AEM Members at Milwaukee HQ

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker visited AEM headquarters on Wednesday for a roundtable discussion with area AEM members and other manufacturing leaders. Walker joined manufacturing leaders from across the state and across various sectors to share his thoughts about the importance of manufacturing for Wisconsin, and describe the steps he’s sought to take as governor to […]


Gov. Include Highway Funding in Tax Reform, Industry Leaders Urge

Manufacturing and construction industry leaders pushed Congress to make sustainable surface transportation funding a priority as part of tax reform at this year’s Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In. Industry leaders stormed Capitol Hill on Wednesday to ask members of Congress to sign a letter urging tax-writing committees to identify a sustainable funding course for the […]


AEM Leads Infrastructure Discussion on Capitol Hill

AEM took its infrastructure message to Capitol Hill on Tuesday with a marquee Infrastructure Week discussion featuring elected representatives and industry leaders in the halls of Congress. AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 initiative convened a high-level discussion on the future of infrastructure featuring U.S. Congressman and Infrastructure Week Co-Chair Garret Graves (R-La.), Kansas City, Missouri Mayor […]


Renewable Fuel Standard Moves Forward – But Not Enough

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday proposed a 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) rule that would increase required ethanol blends for gasoline, but still falls short of the statutory requirements advocated by AEM and other industry groups. The EPA released its proposed RFS rule, which increases the required ethanol blend levels over 2016. […]


Volvo CE, Kuhn North America Open Doors to I Make America

The I Make America campaign made two more stops in early May at AEM member companies in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Volvo CE North America hosted I Make America for a sign-up event on May 6 to coincide with its sales and marketing meetings. Rainy weather couldn’t keep Volvo employees from visiting the I Make America […]


AEM Files Brief at Supreme Court on Behalf of Members

AEM joined leading trade associations in filing a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, urging the high court to take up a challenge to a troublesome dealer law in New Hampshire. AEM joined the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and other groups in the brief on behalf of Deere & Company, CNH […]


Mobility 2050: Study Envisions the Road Ahead

How will U.S. transportation infrastructure move people and goods in the year 2050? Mobility 2050, an in-depth study on future trends and opportunities, was unveiled this week during a symposium hosted by AEM and Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. Click here to read the full release.


I Make America Makes First-Ever Visit to Caterpillar

The I Make America campaign made its first-ever stop at a Caterpillar, Inc. facility, stopping at CAT’s Lafayette, Indiana factory for a pre-Memorial Day event. Caterpillar hosted an all-day event on the importance of voting this election season, and graciously included I Make America as part of that day’s activities. CAT workers had a chance […]


INTERVIEW: Infrastructure Vision 2050 Phase 1 Winner

Rather than transporting people, we transport metal. That’s the main premise of engineering student Jakub Kmec’s award-winning “complaint “ about U.S. infrastructure. After a careful review by an evaluation panel and a public vote, Kmec was recently announced as the winner of the Complain Phase of AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge. Click here to download […]


AEM Announces ‘Dream Phase’ Winners in Infrastructure Competition Seeking New Ideas and Solutions

Crowd-sourced challenge selects five innovative concepts that reimagine U.S. infrastructure Today the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced five winners in the “Dream” phase of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, an incentivized competition launched by the trade association to solicit groundbreaking ideas and solutions that address some of the biggest challenges facing United States infrastructure. […]


Governor Rauner: Manufacturing Critical to Country’s Health

Manufacturing is critical to the health of both Illinois and the entire United States, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner said Monday during a special “I Make America” event at Woods Equipment in Oregon, Illinois. Rauner joined Jerry Johnson, AEM director and president farm ranch and agriculture division, Blount International, at the company’s Illinois campus, where he […]


Infrastructure Vision 2050 Names ‘Dream Phase’ Winners

AEM has announced five winners in the “Dream” phase of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, a competition to solicit groundbreaking ideas and solutions that address some of the biggest challenges facing U.S. infrastructure. Launched in January, the three-phased incentivized competition challenges a community of innovators to think in aspirational and disruptive ways and to reimagine […]


Coalition Supports U.S., Cuban Ag Sector Cooperation

The U.S. Agriculture Coalition for Cuba (USACC) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Grupo Empresarial Agricola (GEA) to promote increased cooperation and dialogue between the U.S. and Cuban agricultural sectors. USACC is a coalition of leading U.S. agricultural organizations and companies dedicated to normalizing U.S.-Cuban trade relations. AEM is a coalition member. USACC […]


AEM Announces Launch of Final Phase in Infrastructure Competition

“Build” phase challenges innovators to reimagine entire U.S. transportation system end-to-end Today the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced the launch of the final phase of the Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge, an incentivized competition sponsored by the trade association to solicit groundbreaking ideas and solutions that address some of the biggest challenges facing United States […]


Mahindra, Towmaster Events Emphasize Need for Pro-Manufacturing Policies

Events at Mahindra North America and Towmaster Inc. emphasized the need for pro-manufacturing policies as the 2016 I Make America tour neared its mid-point this week. Mahindra hosted its first-ever I Make America event at its assembly and distribution center in Chattanooga, Tennessee. About 25 employees heard from AEM Senior Vice President Charlie O’Brien and […]


I Make America Joins ATS for Training Facility Grand Opening

I Make America joined ATS Specialized Training last Friday to celebrate the grand opening of a new $2 million training facility on its Sun Prairie, Wisconsin campus. ATS, which trains operators on a variety of cranes, wheel loaders and other heavy equipment produced by AEM members, welcomed IMA and members of the community for a […]


Policymakers Witness Spray Drift Reduction Technology

Officials from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) had the chance to witness spray drift reduction technology in person during a product demonstration organized by AEM last week in Queenstown, Maryland. Nearly three dozen officials from the EPA and several state agency officials traveled to a research farm operated by the University of Maryland’s Wye […]


We Need a Bold Approach to Pro-Growth Tax Reform

Tax policy – and much needed reform of our current tax system in particular – has returned to its traditional place of prominence in policy circles, with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump proposing both sweeping and incremental reforms and Members of Congress considering a wide variety of changes. AEM members know firsthand that our […]


Ag Executive Advisor – June 2016

Check out AEM’s June Ag Executive Advisor for the latest in agriculture issues, data and AEM initiatives. Highlights include: Seed treatment lawsuit moves forward Spray drift control – AEM Member/EPA Demo Day Agrievolution statistics program offers global data Global ag climate at 2014 levels North American ag braking requirements REACH Regulations: Are you rolling the […]


U.S. DOT Adopts Lighting & Marking Standard for Ag Equipment

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) finally published its rule governing lighting and marking for agricultural equipment on Wednesday after almost four full years of deliberation. The rule, which adopts the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) standard as a new national minimum standard, can be found here. In the rule, the DOT […]


Gradall’s ‘I Make America Day’ Celebrates 20,000th Excavator

Gradall Industries rolled their 20,000th unit off the production line on Friday, and welcomed I Make America to their New Philadelphia, Ohio facilities as part of the celebration. New Philadelphia Mayor Joel Day declared last Friday “Gradall Industries I Make America Day” in recognition of the company’s decades of contributions to the Northeast Ohio economy. […]


I Make America Helps Screen Machine Celebrate 50 Years

AEM member Screen Machine Industries celebrated its 50th anniversary on Thursday , and I Make America was on hand to pay tribute to the company’s many contributions to the equipment manufacturing industry. More than 500 Screen Machine employees, their families, dealers and suppliers from throughout the United States gathered at the company’s Etna, Ohio factory. […]


I Make America Joins Kuhn Krause for 100th Anniversary

Kuhn Krause hosted the I Make America campaign at its Hutchinson, Kansas location last weekend to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. Kuhn Krause welcomed more than 600 employees, their families and members of the community to an open house and factory tour. The event was the second I Make America event hosted by a Kuhn […]


REP. Emmer Visits Minnesota Manufacturer Geringhoff

AEM member Geringhoff USA welcomed Rep. Tom Emmer to its facilities on Monday for a special I Make America event. Emmer stopped at the St. Cloud, Minnesota-based manufacturer of corn headers to visit with President and CEO Tosh Brinkerhoff and hear directly from Geringhoff employees about the issues that are important in helping manufacturers succeed, […]


U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

Stand up for manufacturing in America!


I Make America Joins Kondex for Technical Education Benefit

I Make America joined Lomira, Wisconsin-based Kondex Corporation last week for a brat fry benefiting the technical education department at nearby Campbellsport High School. Kondex President and CEO Jim Wessing, a member of AEM’s AG Sector Board, welcomed the I Make America truck to the event, where employees and some members of the general public […]


IMA Celebrates Manufacturing

I Make America Helps Gradall Celebrate 20,000th Excavator


Presidential Campaigns Ramp Up, as Does I Make America

As Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ramp up their campaigns following the recent party conventions, AEM’s I Make America tour continues to engage and educate the public about the manufacturing issues at stake this election season. IMA was a welcome guest of Gehl Compact Equipment at the Washington County Fair in Wisconsin on Thursday. The […]


AEM Board Approves Expansion of State-Level Advocacy

To address a growing number of restrictive regulations being considered by U.S. state legislatures, the AEM Board last week approved a recommendation to hire a full-time employee to expand AEM’s state-level advocacy. The new employee, who will report to AEM Senior Vice President Nick Yaksich, head of AEM’s Washington, D.C., office, will develop and execute […]


Ohio Town Understands Importance of Manufacturing Jobs

New Philadelphia, Ohio — the home to Gradall Industries — understands the importance of manufacturing to a small community. I Make America joined this manufacturer to help celebrate the production of its 20,000th excavator — a testament to the jobs that Gradall has supported in this community for decades.


AEM Director Questions Kasich on Trade at CNN Town Hall

Dennis Slater, the president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), issued the following statement after Tuesday’s Republican presidential town hall on CNN in Milwaukee. During the town hall, Jim Walker, Vice President of Case IH North America, asked Ohio Gov. John Kasich about pro-manufacturing trade policy. Slater said: I join our hundreds of AEM […]


Senior Congressman Headlines I Make America Event

Congressman Collin Peterson headlined a host of elected leaders who visited Custom Products of Litchfield on Tuesday for an I Make America tour event. Peterson, the top Democrat on the House Committee on Agriculture, visited Custom Products in Litchfield, Minnesota to meet with company leaders and speak to employees about the importance of manufacturing and […]


AEM Infrastructure Poll Draws National Attention

A poll commissioned by AEM to gauge voter perceptions and attitudes about the current and future state of U.S. infrastructure has drawn wide national attention from the press. Released on Tuesday, the poll was conducted as part of AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 initiative, an ongoing effort to develop a long-term national vision for U.S. infrastructure. […]


Sen. Heitkamp Tours Bobcat Acceleration Center

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-ND) had the chance to see how a facility dedicated to product innovation is helping AEM member Bobcat Company accelerate ideas and speed products to market. Sen. Heitkamp was recently invited to tour Bobcat Company’s new Acceleration Center by AEM Board member Rich Goldsbury, president of Doosan Bobcat North America and Oceania. […]


Manufacturing Voters Target of I Make America Tour Stops

The I Make America tour made its first-ever visit to Superior Industries last Thursday before turning around to stop by longtime IMA supporter General Kinematics. The I Make America campaign rolled into Morris, Minnesota to visit the annual “Ribs N Rides” event held by Superior Industries. Employees and their families gathered at the Steven County […]


Rural Infrastructure Summit Set for August 29 in Ames

Experts and innovators from a cross-section of industries will discuss the future infrastructure needs of the agriculture sector and rural America at a summit just prior to next week’s Farm Progress Show. AEM and Agri-Pulse are teaming up to produce the Rural Infrastructure Summit, which takes place on August 29 from 2 to 5 p.m. […]


Sen. Johnson Visits HUSCO to Highlight Importance of Manufacturing

Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson met with company leaders and employees at AEM member HUSCO International on Tuesday to discuss policy changes needed to strengthen manufacturing in the state. Johnson met with HUSCO Executive Chairman Gus Ramirez and the company’s leadership team before embarking on a facility tour led by Ramirez and HUSCO Automotive President Todd […]


HUSCO’s Ramirez Named White House Fellow

One of AEM’s young leaders is among an elite group selected for a program that gives participants first-hand, high-level experience in the workings of the federal government. Austin Ramirez, 38, president and CEO of HUSCO International in Waukesha, Wisconsin, has been appointed to the 2016-2017 class of White House Fellows by the President’s Commission on […]


Gov. Haley Pays Tribute to Manufacturing, Infrastructure

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley paid tribute to the importance of manufacturing and infrastructure during a visit on Tuesday to Calder Brothers Corporation, an AEM member based in Taylors, South Carolina. Before taking questions from Calder Brothers employees, Haley singled out the company’s leaders and its workforce for contributing to the success of manufacturing in […]


Equipment Forum to Look at Impact of Pending Legislation

What impact could initiatives and legislation at both the state and federal levels have on equipment manufacturers and dealers in the months ahead? Executives and senior-level managers will hear what’s new on issues critical to the health of the heavy equipment industry at the upcoming AED / AEM Equipment Economic Forum. Hosted by AEM and […]


State, Federal Lawmakers Join AGCO for I Make America Event

Congressman Tim Walz headlined one of the biggest I Make America events of 2016 last week at AGCO’s facility in Jackson, Minnesota. Walz, State Sen. Julie Rosen and State Rep. Bob Gunther joined AGCO leaders, including Bill Hurley, AGCO vice president, sales, North America, and a member of AEM’s AG Sector Board, for a factory […]


Summit Outlines Challenges, Innovations for Rural Infrastructure

A crowd of about 100 equipment manufacturers, elected officials, industry representatives and members of the agriculture community convened Monday at Iowa State University in Ames to discuss the needs, challenges and opportunities for U.S. infrastructure as it relates to the future of the agriculture economy and rural communities. Held a day in advance of the […]


Sen. Thune Headlines I Make America Event at Manitou Americas

Sen. John Thune (R-SD), the U.S. Senate’s third-ranking member, visited Manitou Americas in Madison, South Dakota, last week for an I Make America celebration of manufacturing. Sen. Thune met with employees at Manitou’s Gehl-brand manufacturing facility and toured the production area with Manitou Americas President and CEO Dan Miller, who showcased the plant’s state-of-the-art manufacturing […]


Stop Costly Regulations

Manufacturers want to play their part in responsibly supporting growth and creating jobs.


Rebuild the Middle Class

Our elected leaders have a chance to invest in our future and rebuild America’s middle class.


Rebuild Our Roads & Bridges

We need elected leaders who support rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure to restore American greatness.


Innovation, Technology Seen as Key to Rural Infrastructure

AEM’s Rural Infrastructure Summit brought together a diverse group of stakeholders to discuss the needs, challenges and opportunities for U.S. infrastructure as it relates to the future of the agriculture economy and rural communities. Summit participants emphasized that innovation and technology will be key to developing a long-term national plan.


EXCLUSIVE: Clinton Advisor Talks Manufacturing Issues in AEM Q&A

As the presidential campaign shifts into high gear for the closing weeks before Election Day, AEM had a chance to conduct a short interview with Mike Schmidt, a senior economic adviser to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.


Make Your Vote Count

When you sit on the sidelines, things aren’t going to change. Everybody’s vote counts.


I Make America Joins Hydrema for Grand Opening

I Make America helped AEM member Hydrema celebrate the grand opening of the company’s new North American headquarters on September 16th. The event showcased the investment that Hydrema is making in its local community of Cumming, Georgia. As a strong supporter of the I Make America campaign, Hydrema invited AEM to attend and provide an […]


SCOTUS Declines to Hear NH Dealer Law Appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court voted on Monday not to hear an appeal from several ag equipment manufacturers seeking to overturn a New Hampshire dealer law. After the vote, AEM issued the following statement: “The Association of Equipment Manufacturers is disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court will not review the constitutionality of a New Hampshire law […]


Foreign-Owned Firms Make America Too

The United States is home to thousands of manufacturers, including hundreds of equipment manufacturers, suppliers and industry service providers. And some of those manufacturers are the result of foreign-based businesses who have decided to pour investment into our country – a reflection on the status of the United States as one of the friendliest places […]


CLAAS Welcomes Nebraska Governor, Congressman

A bipartisan duo of Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts and Congressman Brad Ashford joined Leif Magnusson, 2016 AEM Chair and president, CLAAS Global Sales America, for a special I Make America event to mark Manufacturing Day. The event took place at CLAAS of America, Inc. in Omaha, Nebraska. Both Ricketts and Ashford are familiar figures at […]


Congressmen Headline I Make America Visit to Kinze

Two of Iowa’s four U.S. congressmen joined Kinze Manufacturing at the company’s Williamsburg, Iowa headquarters for an I Make America event to kick off Manufacturing Week. Congressmen Dave Loebsack and Rod Blum each met with company leaders, toured Kinze, and spoke to employees about the importance of manufacturing in Iowa. Company employees also heard from […]


Caterpillar Visit Concludes 2016 I Make America Tour

U.S. Congressman Glenn Grothman helped employees and management at Kondex Corporation celebrate Manufacturing Day on Friday at the company’s headquarters in Lomira, Wisconsin. Grothman, who is in his first term in Congress, visited with Jim Wessing, an AG Sector Board member and president of Kondex, before speaking with Kondex employees about the importance of manufacturing […]


‘I Make America’ Cuts Through Election-Year Clutter

Six years ago this fall, I made my way to Capitol Hill to join Mike Rowe (of “Dirty Jobs” fame) to launch a little initiative called “I Make America.” What I couldn’t have predicted at that time is how IMA would steadily evolve into a powerhouse campaign that serves as a cornerstone for AEM’s advocacy […]


AEM ‘Ready to Work’ with President-Elect on Infrastructure Package

This article has been updated with additional perspective. A major infrastructure package quickly emerged as an area of possible bipartisan consensus following Donald Trump’s victory in the 2016 presidential election. “Both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump made the case this election season as to why we must make a substantial effort to not only repair […]


Rural Infrastructure – Somebody Made It Happen

“We take for granted how electricity got to our farms, how phones got to our farms, how our roads got there. But somebody made those things happen,” says Bill Northey, secretary of agriculture for the state of Iowa, in the video above. Northey was the keynote speaker at AEM’s Rural Infrastructure Summit, held in August […]


AEMPAC-Backed Lawmakers Overwhelmingly Re-elected

AEMPAC-supported candidates overwhelmingly won re-election in 2016, sending a series of pro-manufacturing lawmakers to Washington for the 115th Congress. AEMPAC is the AEM Political Action Committee. AEMPAC supports candidates for federal office, and other key officials and decision makers, who support the AEM mission of advancing equipment manufacturers in the global marketplace. A bipartisan slate […]


Construction Equipment Industry

370,000 jobs in construction equipment manufacturing cluster. $57.1 billion economic footprint in 2012, contributing as much to the nation’s GDP as the state of Idaho. Infrastructure deficiencies will cost each household an average of $4,500 by 2020 and $7,800 by 2040.


Support manufacturing at the polls on Election Day!

Voters Support Billions in Infrastructure Projects

Voters across the country approved ballot measures that could support hundreds of billions of dollars in infrastructure spending on new or existing projects. Initiatives addressing a variety of infrastructure, ranging from transportation projects to water and freight infrastructure, were approved on November 8th. ARTBA reported that voters in 22 states approved some $201 billion in new […]


Rural America

A strong farm economy not only assists farmers and ranchers, but also helps protect the 700,000 agriculture equipment manufacturing jobs across the United States.


Stand up for manufacturing in America!

Trade

Equipment manufacturers thrive when they are able to freely export products to foreign markets, and support job creation here at home.


Stand Up for Farmers

We need elected leaders who stand up for farmers — and manufacturing jobs.


Taxes

Equipment manufacturers support commonsense tax relief that will help manufacturers create jobs and compete on a global playing field.


Investing in America’s Infrastructure

Improving our nation’s highways benefits everyone by reducing time spent in traffic, decreasing money spent on vehicle repairs, making America’s manufacturers more competitive and creating new jobs. Share this infographic to spread the word on the many benefits of investing in America’s infrastructure.


Infrastructure

We are advocating for a long-term investment in America’s infrastructure to create more family-sustaining jobs and rebuild our economy.


U.S. Agriculture Transportation

Improving U.S. agriculture transportation. Our global future depends on it. If U.S. surface and waterway transportation infrastructure continues to deteriorate at its current rate, by 2020 it will have cost us more than $62.8 Billion in lost exports with $4.9 Billion in agricultural exports alone. We can’t afford to wait. America’s future is in your […]


COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is impacting just about every American across the country. It’s also had an impact on equipment manufacturing workers, including many in the I Make America community. To help out Americans, Congress and President Trump recently passed a $2 trillion emergency relief package in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The “phase three” Coronavirus […]


From High School Shop Class to CONEXPO-CON/AGG

This story was written by Shawn “Rozy” Rozmarynowski, a welder at Woods Equipment. Earlier this month, my wife and I traveled to Las Vegas to attend CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE 2020. They say it’s North America’s largest trade show, and it sure did look like it! Everywhere you turned, there was tons of construction equipment. From […]


2020 is the Year of the #ManufacturingElection

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is hitting the road this summer with the AEM 2020 Manufacturing Express a first-of-its-kind, multi-city bus tour to highlight the issues important to voters in America’s manufacturing communities.  The four-month-long campaign will kick off shortly before the Democratic National Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, continue through the Republican National Convention […]


2020: Manufacturing Election

Here is why 2020 will be the Manufacturing Election This year, Americans will head to the polls to decide which party controls state capitals, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the White House. It’s something that happens only once every four years, and the outcome of the 2020 election will have a […]


2020: The Manufacturing Election

You are right! Here is why 2020 will be the Manufacturing Election This year, Americans will head to the polls to decide which party controls state capitals, the U.S. House of Representatives, the U.S. Senate, and the White House. It’s something that happens only once every four years, and the outcome of the 2020 election […]


Rules for 2020 CONEXPO-CON/AGG UTV Giveaway

Here are the full rules for the 2020 CONEXPO-CON/AGG I Make America UTV Giveaway


2020 Infrastructure Candidate Forum

2020 Infrastructure Candidate Forum Watch “Moving America Forward,” which aired on Sunday, February 16, 2020. The forum featured presidential candidates discussing their ideas for modernizing our nation’s infrastructure. – Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden – U.S. Sen Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) – Pete Buttigieg – Tom Steyer The program was moderated by The Wall Street Journal’s Washington […]


We Need to Educate a Skilled, 21st Century Workforce

This story was written by Brian Taylor, Director of Manufacturing, Telsmith. Having worked in the equipment manufacturing industry for over two decades, I have seen the technology in our products evolve over time. The equipment and onboard computers have gotten “smarter”, allowing operators to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively. But with this new […]


I Make America Highlights Importance of Getting Involved

This story was written by Jerry Smith, RDC Operations Manager, KUHN North America. KUHN North America’s Service and Distribution Facility recently had the honor of hosting U.S. Representative Anthony Brindisi (D-N.Y.). Here in Vernon, we are proud of the work we do to serve and provide for our region’s agriculture and industrial equipment dealers. Having […]


I Make America Brings Impact of Trade War to Shop Floor

This story was written by Chuck Henry, Operations Manager, Woods Equipment. You hear a lot about the trade war on the news. But what does it mean for me? What does that mean for the equipment manufacturing industry? There’s so much going on about how it impacts our region, the Dairy State, and the country, […]


I Make America Celebrates Record Year of Advocating for Equipment Manufacturers

This story was written by Wade Balkonis, AEM Grassroots Advocacy Manager. It’s been a busy year for AEM’s national grassroots campaign. Throughout the year, we’ve hosted more dozens of policymakers, added more than 6,900 new supporters, and sent more than 750,000 messages about issues that impact the equipment manufacturing industry. In 2019, I Make America gained new […]


I Make America Empowers Workers Like Me

This story was written by Chris Miller, Operations Manager & Inventory Control, Fecon. I’m proud to be one of the 1.3 million men and women in the equipment manufacturing industry. At Fecon, we build quality equipment that helps a variety of industries keep the U.S. economy strong. I’ve always been curious about how decisions in […]


I Make America Shares the “Wonders of Manufacturing”

This story was written by Nikki Sullivan, Director of Continual Improvement, General Kinematics. I recently had the opportunity to work with I Make America to host a Pancakes & Policy for my company. Here at General Kinematics, we manufacture vibrating and rotary equipment for the foundry, mining, process, recycling, and wood processing industries. I was […]


Amplifying Your Voice Through Social Media

Learn how to better engage with your elected officials through social media.


Thank you for your support

Thank you for supporting the 1.3 million men and women working in the equipment manufacturing industry across America.


I Make America Event Was “Once in a Lifetime”

Manitowoc Cranes’ Mike Reed talks about his experience at the I Make America event with Vice President Pence.


Help ratify the USMCA

Ratify the USMCA today

Tell your elected officials to support the USMCA’s ratification today By ratifying the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), elected officials can help create more good-paying equipment manufacturing jobs, support American working families, U.S. farmers and ranchers, and ensure North America’s manufacturing competitiveness for years to come. However, politics is getting in the way of good policy. […]


Thank you for supporting Texan equipment manufacturers




Manufacturing Month

Equipment helps build, feed, and power America. Manufacturing that equipment invests $159 billion into the U.S. economy and creates good-paying jobs across all 50 states. During Manufacturing Month this year, which means its a great time to thank and support the 1.3 million men and women who build that equipment. This October, I Make America is supporting […]


ICUEE 2019 | Thank you for keeping our industry strong!

USMCA: AEM and Manitowoc Host VP Mike Pence

Watch recorded livestream: AEM and The Manitowoc Company Host VP Mike Pence The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and The Manitowoc Company hosted The Honorable Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, at Manitowoc’s Shady Grove, Pennsylvania facility on Thursday, August 1, to discuss the USMCA and how the new trade deal will create […]


Manufacturing Workers Have a Voice Thanks to I Make America

A Calder Brothers employee reflects on the impact of I Make America.


Behind Every Product | Ray — Racine, WI

Behind Every Product There’s a Story

A new video series highlights the everyday lives of the equipment manufacturing industry’s 1.3 million men and women.


Behind Every Product video series continues

The latest in a series of videos highlighting the everyday lives of our industry’s 1.3 million men and women were published today with three new documentary-styled films. The Behind Every Product series continues with videos featuring Paul, Becky, and Ray, equipment manufacturing workers employed by Kuhn North America, Wacker Neuson, and Case IH. Each are members […]


We Need Career and Technical Education for the Next Generation of Workers

Komatsu’s Bryan Hall talks about the impact career and technical education had on his carreer.


Photos Tell Workers’ Stories

A documentary photographer captures the lives of our industry’s hardworking men and women.


What Matters to You?

Make sure to answer all of the questions and scroll to the bottom, clicking “done” to submit your responses!


Tariffs Townhall Brings Senator to Kinze Manufacturing

Kinze’s Mark Parriott appreciated the Iowa Senator’s remarks on trade at a recent town hall.


Telling the Story of Our Industry’s 1.3 Million Men and Women

As part of an ongoing effort to better tell the story of the equipment manufacturing industry and its 1.3 million workers, we sent documentary photographer Brad Romano on the road to visit AEM member companies. The product? Romano captured over 100 photos to help better tell the story of our industry’s hardworking men and women. […]


Make an Impact, Get Involved with I Make America

Learn how you can get involved with our grassroots campaign.


Worker uses grit, determination to achieve dream

Before I joined Kondex, I had been a carpenter my whole life – nearly a quarter century. I built homes, apartments, and commercial buildings, and for 12 years I had my own carpentry business. However, over time, the job started to wear on me, as did the cold winter months and hot summers. So I […]



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Young workers: Patience is key to success

Growing a career in the equipment manufacturing industry is hard work.


5 ways you can be an advocate for our industry

A few good tips on how to be an advocate for our industry.


Our Voices Can Make Infrastructure a Priority

Our elected officials do take our voices seriously. We all need to get more involved.


One Welder’s New Year’s Resolution

It’s that time of year again when many start looking forward to what’s next.


Town Hall Brings Important Industry Topics to Life

The event was really high in energy. It felt like attending a cable TV game show almost.


Generating a buzz about workforce development

To obtain the highest level of industry-wide workforce development we’re going to need help from policymakers.


I’m a Welder and I starred in an award-winning campaign

It’s not all that often you get asked to appear in video that’s going to be seen by over 138,000 viewers.


Sometimes equipment manufacturing workers are farmers too

When policies are passed, they impact my family in more ways than one.


Worker takes Governor for ride at Manufacturing Month event

You never know when your first meeting with an elected official will be. Read about Greg’s first time here.


I Make America Brings Stories to Life

We’re bringing 1.3 million stories to life. This post launches IMA’s new Stories feature.


Stories

Read the stories and perspectives of equipment manufacturing workers. Submit your story to Stories@AEM.org.


2018 Election

The U.S. equipment manufacturing industry supports 1.3 million good-paying jobs and contributes roughly $159 billion to our economy each year. When our industry is strong, America is strong. To ensure that equipment manufacturers continue to prosper and reach their full potential, we need Washington to promote a strong manufacturing agenda. That’s why the I Make […]


Manufacturing Day 2018

This year we’re saying “thank you” to the 1.3 million equipment manufacturing workers across the U.S. who are inspiring the next generation of workers. Every day our workers go to work earning 58% more in wages than the national average. They also help our industry contribute $159 billion a year to the U.S. economy. They […]


HCC Inc. Hosts Congressman Adam Kinzinger for I Make America Event

HCC Inc. kicked off the month of August with a visit from U.S. Representative Adam Kinzinger for an I Make America event. Congressman Kinzinger had the opportunity to tour the 220,000 sq. ft. facility and meet with the men and women that manufacture agricultural harvesting equipment such as reels, sieves, chaffers and other innovative products […]


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Congressman McHenry visits LeeBoy

Congressman Patrick McHenry (R-NC) paid a visit to LeeBoy in Lincolnton, North Carolina on May 4th to learn about an iconic company and an industry that supports 1.3 million jobs across the country. LeeBoy, which was founded in Charlotte in 1964, designs and manufacturers construction equipment for the infrastructure and road construction and maintenance industry. […]


Advocates Program

Once you’ve completed one or more of the tasks above, send an email to Wade Balkonis to report on progress here.


Poclain Hydraulics Welcomes I Make America For Groundbreaking Ceremony

The I Make America campaign participated in a Poclain Hydraulics Inc. groundbreaking ceremony last week for the company’s $20 million expansion of its North American headquarters in Yorkville, Wisconsin. I Make America helped to celebrate the groundbreaking by signing up several new supporters to its grassroots effort to engage in the political process. Poclain Hydraulics, […]


IMA’s ‘Counting on You’ TV Ad Wins Telly Award

I Make America’s “Counting on You” TV ad has won a 2018 Telly Award for “best Political Issues/Campaign Advertising.” The Telly Awards honors excellence in local, regional and cable television commercials. Receiving more than 12,000 entries from all 50 states and five continents, they represent work from some of the most respected advertising agencies, televisions […]


Representative Darin LaHood Visits Peoria

Congressman Darin LaHood representing the 18th district of Illinois visited PMO on April 23rd, meeting with PMO staff, Roland Machinery principal Matt Roland, representatives from the Illinois Manufacturing Association (IMA) and representatives from the Association of Equipment Manufacturing (AEM). Rod Schrader and Don Funcannon co-hosted the event along with GM Jim Mathis, providing the congressman […]


Agriculture

American farmers are a central part of our economy, and essential to feeding every American. During our kick-off event at AGCO in Jackson, MN we will discuss the importance of backing farm policies that support a healthy agriculture economy. Our industry depends on a thriving economy for the success and future of our products.


Infrastructure

Our industry relies on a safe and efficient infrastructure system to move supplies and finished products to market. Now is the time to reclaim America’s infrastructure advantage. The I Make America Town Hall Tour will head to Bismarck, North Dakota to discuss infrastructure investment with the men and women who will build the machines that put America back on top.


I Make America Town Hall Tour

Today, Washington is making decisions that will impact the future of the manufacturing industry. AEM is hosting the “I Make America Town Hall Tour” in 2019 to bring you — manufacturing voters — into the conversation. The tour will stop at manufacturing facilities across America to talk about issues that affect equipment manufacturers — including […]


Trade

International trade drives domestic demand for our products, and gives us access to customers around the world. Strong trade agreements help strengthen the U.S. economy and are an important driver of our industry’s prosperity: thirty percent of equipment manufactured in the United States is exported. Our customers rely on trade, and we need access to customers around the globe, to succeed.


Support U.S. Manufacturers — End tariffs today!

Tariffs hurt and risk many of the U.S. equipment manufacturing industry’s 1.3 million jobs.


AEM: Tax Cuts and Jobs Act a Big Step Forward

Equipment manufacturing leaders issued statements on Thursday hailing the release of The Tax Cuts and Job Act by leaders in Congress. Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater said: The equipment manufacturing industry commends Speaker Ryan, Chairman Brady and all the members of the House Ways & Means Committee for taking an important step […]


AEM Members Celebrate Manufacturing Day

AEM members across the country celebrated Manufacturing Day with a series of events that highlighted the importance of the equipment manufacturing industry to the U.S. economy, and the importance of training a new generation of manufacturers. “Our industry is proud to support 1.3 million, good-paying U.S. equipment manufacturing jobs, and to have added $159 billion […]


Congressman Bacon Joins Elliott Equipment Company for IMA Event

The I Make America campaign returned to Omaha, Nebraska last week for the second event of the year in the Cornhusker State. Congressman Don Bacon (R-NE) visited Elliott Equipment Company for a tour of the facility and an opportunity to meet with company leaders and employees about the issues that matter to equipment manufacturers. Bacon […]


AEM Members Join Iowa Governor for Manufacturing Roundtable

The I Make America campaign returned to the Hawkeye State this week for a roundtable discussion with Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg. The governor and lieutenant governor joined manufacturing leaders from across Iowa and across various industries to share their thoughts on workforce development, infrastructure investment, trade, the Renewable Fuel Standard and […]


Kondex CEO Joins Legislators at Senate Democratic Rural Summit

Kondex President and CEO Jim Wessing joined several U.S. senators to talk about the importance of policies to support farm equipment manufacturers at the Senate Democratic Rural Summit on Wednesday. The marquee event was organized by the Democratic Steering and Outreach Committee headed by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and it featured keynote remarks from Senate […]


AEM Members Convene for First-Ever I Make America Fly-In

AEM member companies converged in the nation’s capital this week for the association’s first-ever I Make America fly-in. AEM board members and executives from 25 member companies joined AEM staff for a packed schedule, which featured roughly 100 meetings with members of Congress and their staff. The fly-in kicked off Monday afternoon with legislative briefings […]


USDA Secretary and House Ag Chair Hear Ag Equipment Issues at Farm Progress

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and the Chairman of the House Agriculture Committee got a first-hand look at Ag equipment and the issues that affect farm equipment manufacturers at Farm Progress Show 2017. Perdue joined Congressman Mike Conaway, the Ag committee chairman, and a delegation of additional members of Congress from that committee for […]


Top Democrat Visits Blount Headquarters

Senator Ron Wyden visited Blount International’s headquarters in Portland on Wednesday for the second I Make America event in Oregon this year. Wyden, who is the top-ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee (which would be tasked with writing tax reform legislation), toured the company’s manufacturing facilities and spoke to more than 500 Blount employees. […]


Volvo CE, MCL and Paladin Attachments Host IMA Visits

The I Make America tour marched onward last week with a trio of visits to factories across the Midwest. Volvo CE hosted Sen. Bob Casey in its Shippensburg, Pennsylvania production facility, while Congressman Mike Gallagher visited MCL Industries, Inc. in Pulaski, Wisconsin, and Congressman Tim Walberg visited Paladin Attachments in Dexter, Michigan. Each company hosted […]


Congressman DeFazio Joins JCI for I Make America Event

As Congress prepares to take up an infrastructure bill, the top Democratic congressman on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee visited Johnson Crushers International (JCI) for a special I Make America event. Congressman Peter DeFazio, the ranking member of the House committee in charge of writing an infrastructure bill, visited the division of Astec Industries […]


I Make America Joins Legislators for Visits at Terex, Kondex

The I Make America tour stretched across the United States last week Friday, as Governor Mary Fallin and Congressman Steve Russell visited Terex Corporation’s factory in Oklahoma City. And to round out Friday’s doubleheader, Sen. Ron Johnson visited Kondex Corporation in Lomira, Wisconsin for a separate I Make America event there. Fallin and Russell joined […]


AEM Members Featured at White House ‘Made in America’ Event

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AEM Launches ‘Behind Every Product’ Campaign

AEM launched a major new advertising blitz as part of its I Make America campaign to raise the equipment manufacturing’s profile in the nation’s capital.


Congressman Loebsack Headlines I Make America Event at Vermeer

Congressman Dave Loebsack joined Vermeer President and CEO Jason Andringa and other company leaders for a tour of the 1.4 million square-foot, state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.


Rep. Roskam Headlines I Make America Event at General Kinematics

Congressman Peter Roskam headlined the second I Make America event of 2017 on Monday, as the tour moved on to General Kinematics in Crystal Lake, Illinois. Rep. Roskam toured the 200,000-square-foot manufacturing facility and met with the 160 men and women that engineer and manufacture state-of-the-art vibratory and rotary equipment for the foundry, mining, bulk […]


VIDEO: AEM Kicks Off "I Make America" 2017 Tour

AEM officially kicked off its I Make America 2017 Tour this week. This marks the sixth year that AEM travels around the country to visit with member companies and their employees, discuss issues that affect the industry and highlight how equipment manufacturers are essential to the continued growth of the U.S. economy. This year’s theme […]


Our Products, Our Jobs: Rep. Bacon Joins CLAAS for I Make America Kickoff

The 2017 I Make America tour got underway at CLAAS of America last Thursday with a visit from first-term Congressman Don Bacon. To support this year’s tour and its theme (“Our Products, Our Jobs”), CLAAS hosted its congressman as part of the company’s continued leadership in the I Make America program. The company hung a special banner paying tribute to […]


VIDEO: Grassroots Support for Action on Infrastructure!

Over 128,000 attendees at CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2017 made one thing loud and clear: They want Washington to act on infrastructure. Check out the video below!



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Send a Letter to Congress

The 2.8 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry depend on you to help make their voices heard! The With a new year and new Congress, we can ensure Washington and state capitals focus on smart polices that revitalize our nation’s infrastructure, promote pro-growth trade, create a pipeline of skilled labor, and don’t […]


Get Involved

Sign up for updates about important policy issues that affect manufacturers, and for information about how you can take action and help make a difference!


Pass a Comprehensive Infrastructure Bill

Urge the 116th Congress and President Trump to make rebuilding our nation’s infrastructure a priority.


I MAKE AMERICA SIGN-UP DRIVE EVENTS

Holding a sign-up drive at your office or plant is a great way to get employees engaged in I Make America and raise awareness of I Make America’s mission to advocate for the interests of the employees, communities and companies of the equipment manufacturing industry. AEM has prepared a list of best practices and resources […]


TEMPLATE LETTER OF INVITATION TO MEMBER OF CONGRESS

[Date] The Honorable [Name] US House of Representatives/U.S. Senate [Address] Washington, DC [Zip] Dear Representative/Senator [Last Name]: I’d like to extend a personal invitation for you to visit [Company] located in [City], [State] on/during [Note date, if it is in conjunction with an event, and if it is during a congressional recess. Can also note […]


AEM’S GUIDE TO HOSTING A FACILITY TOUR WITH A MEMBER OF CONGRESS

Planning Period To successfully host your member of Congress, you’ll want to allow for as much advance work as possible. After identifying the member of Congress who represents your facility or employees, we can work with your company to establish a relationship with that lawmaker (if one doesn’t already exist), obtain scheduling availability and outline […]


Meet with your Congressional representative

Meet your congressional representatives in their local and/or Washington D.C. office or attend the AEM Federal Fly-In. The AEM D.C. office is ready to assist you in meeting your Congressional Representative in their D.C. office. If you need invitation and planning assistance, or want to learn more about how you can attend the AEM Federal […]


Promote I Make America

Submit letters to the editor, opinion pieces, and/or media advisories and advertisements to local news outlets. This may include but is not limited to manufacturing issues, the 2016 elections, or I Make America as a subject. If you need assistance in drafting a letter to the editor, an opinion piece to local news outlets, or […]


Host a Facility Tour

Host an elected official or candidate for a facility tour (local, state, or federal). Check out our Guide to Hosting a Facility Tour, Template Letter of Invitation, and contact Wade Balkonis for invitation and planning assistance.


Phone Call to Member of Congress and/or Governor

Find the representative you would like to contact, call their offices and leave a message regarding an I Make America Action Alert or your company’s specific concerns to address with them. Remember to contact Wade Balkonis when the activity is completed.


Employee Engagement

Hold an I Make America sign-up event at your company, issue a grassroots action alert to employees or use one of the I Make America mini-toolkits. If you are interested in hosting an I Make America tour stop at your company, please contact Wade Balkonis.


AEM’s Key Congressional Votes

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House Key Congressional Votes for the 110th

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Senate Key Congressional Votes for the 110th

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House Key Congressional Votes for the 111th

Symbol Key: Voted with the preferred position Voted against the preferred position Y Voted YES N Voted NO – Did Not Vote A Absent T Paired Vote Z Presiding P Voted PRESENT   1 2 3 4 5 6 7   Preferred Position: Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Score Abercrombie, Neil  * * * […]


Senate Key Congressional Votes for the 111th

Symbol Key: Voted with the preferred position Voted against the preferred position Y Voted YES N Voted NO – Did Not Vote A Absent T Paired Vote Z Presiding P Voted PRESENT   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8   Preferred Position: Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Score Alexander, Lamar (Rep)Tennessee U.S. […]


House Key Congressional Votes for the 112th

Symbol Key: Voted with the preferred position Voted against the preferred position Y Voted YES N Voted NO – Did Not Vote A Absent T Paired Vote Z Presiding P Voted PRESENT   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8   Preferred Position: Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Score Aderholt, Robert (Rep)Alabama Congressional […]


Senate Key Congressional Votes for the 112th

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House Key Congressional Votes for the 113th Congress

Symbol Key: Voted with the preferred position Voted against the preferred position Y Voted YES N Voted NO – Did Not Vote A Absent T Paired Vote Z Presiding P Voted PRESENT   1 2 3 4 5 6 7   Preferred Position: N N N Y Y Y Y Score Aderholt, Robert (Rep)Alabama Congressional District 4 […]


Senate Key Congressional Votes for the 113th Congress

Symbol Key: Voted with the preferred position Voted against the preferred position Y Voted YES N Voted NO – Did Not Vote A Absent T Paired Vote Z Presiding P Voted PRESENT   1 2 3 4   Preferred Position: Y Y Y Y Score Alexander, Lamar (Rep)Tennessee U.S. Senate 100% Ayotte, Kelly (Rep)New Hampshire U.S. Senate 25% Baldwin, Tammy (Dem)Wisconsin […]


House Key Congressional Votes for the 114th Congress

Symbol Key: Voted with the preferred position Voted against the preferred position Y Voted YES N Voted NO – Did Not Vote A Absent T Paired Vote Z Presiding P Voted PRESENT   1 2 3 4 5 6 7   Preferred Position: Y Y Y Y Y Y Y Score Abraham, Ralph (Rep)Louisiana Congressional District 5 […]


Legislator Profile

Senate Key Congressional Votes for the 114th Congress

Symbol Key: Voted with the preferred position Voted against the preferred position Y Voted YES N Voted NO – Did Not Vote A Absent T Paired Vote Z Presiding P Voted PRESENT   1 2 3 4 5   Preferred Position: Y Y Y Y Y Score Alexander, Lamar (Rep)Tennessee U.S. Senate 100% Ayotte, Kelly (Rep)New Hampshire U.S. Senate […]


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Action Center

AEM and I Make America strive ensure our industry’s concerns are heard by decision makers on every level, and we know that the most successful advocacy takes place when lawmakers hear directly from the people they represent. When it comes to policies that impact your jobs, families and communities, it’s your voice that matters.


Contact Us

Questions? Get in touch with the I Make America team to learn more about the program, and how you can get involved! Wade Balkonis Grassroots Advocacy Manager | 202-898-9064


Industry by the Numbers

Equipment manufacturers support 2.8 million jobs across all 50 states, representing 12% of all U.S. manufacturing jobs, and contribute $288 billion a year to the U.S. economy. Navigate the map below to learn more about how the equipment manufacturing industry’s contribution to the economy across the United States.


Policy Priorities

AEM’s advocacy efforts are driven by our pro-manufacturing policy priorities, which include: securing a comprehensive infrastructure bill this year, investing in rural America, supporting free and fair trade, and protecting and reforming our nation’s tax code.


About Us

I Make America is the grassroots campaign of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which advocates for policies that support manufacturing jobs and help America’s equipment manufacturers compete globally.


Support AEMPAC

Your company can support the AEMPAC through a donation by an eligible individual at your company, allowing AEM staff to make a PAC appeal to your company executives, or by donating to or attending the AEMPAC Gala Event at the AEM Annual Conference.


Support I Make America through Social Media

Share, retweet or encourage employees to like and follow the I Make America Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages. If your company does not have a Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter page, please contact Katrina Bishop for assistance in setting those up.


Email to Member of Congress and/or Governor

Contact a member of Congress through an I Make America Action Alert or find the representative you would like to contact and send them an email about your company’s specific concerns to address with them. Remember to contact Wade Balkonis when the activity is completed.


Letter to Member of Congress and/or Governor

Find your representative you would like to contact and send a letter to them by printing and sending an I Make America Action Alert letter or writing them about your company’s specific concerns to address with them. Remember to contact Wade Balkonis when the activity is completed.


Newsroom

For more information about I Make America, contact Michael O’Brien, Public Affairs Manager.


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