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AEM and CECE Sign International Exhibition Partnership Agreement

AEM_logoPMSGrey11The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the Committee for European Construction Equipment (CECE) have signed a cooperative agreement that will help promote image-2visibility for AEM exhibitions worldwide and a positive global business environment for exhibitors as well as visitors.

Sigrid de Vries, CECE secretary general, and Megan Tanel, AEM senior vice president, signed the CECE International Exhibition Partnership Programme agreement during AEM’s recent annual conference of member companies.

CECE represents the European construction equipment sector and its 13 national construction equipment manufacturing associations.

AEM is the North American-based international business group representing the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. A key service is organizing global trade exhibitions, including CONEXPO-CON/AGG, held every three years in Las Vegas, USA.

Under the agreement, AEM becomes a gold-level participant in CECE’s Exhibition Partner Programme, which provides promotional and other business-development services.

Construction equipment trade exhibitions play a vital role in encouraging and enhancing business relationships for manufacturers, suppliers, service providers and customers, and CECE explains it offers this coveted patronage to a limited number of leading sector exhibitions to fortify relations and contribute to successful trade fairs.

Longtime cooperation between CECE & AEM

Bernd Holz, CECE president and director of Ammann Verdichtung GmbH and Ammann sales director Europe, stated: “AEM and CECE are key partners on the international stage, both with regard to cooperation on regulatory matters as well as fostering business opportunities through major trade exhibitions around the world. With the new partnership agreement, we underline and reinforce our long-standing relations, keeping a clear focus on both our member companies’ needs. I’m looking forward to a successful partnership.”

Michael A. Haberman, AEM chair and president of Gradall Industries, stated: “AEM has enjoyed a longstanding and very good relationship with CECE as we work on behalf of equipment manufacturers and service providers towards an improved business environment around the globe for all industry stakeholders. AEM trade shows are known as industry gathering places providing unparalleled ROI and this valued CECE support strengthens that relationship and our future endeavors.”

Sigrid de Vries, CECE secretary general (left), and Megan Tanel, AEM senior vice president, sign CECE International Exhibition Partnership Programme agreement during AEM’s recent annual conference of member companies.

Sigrid de Vries, CECE secretary general (left), and Megan Tanel, AEM senior vice president, sign CECE International Exhibition Partnership Programme agreement during AEM’s recent annual conference of member companies.

For more information on CECE, visit www.cece.eu. For more information on AEM, visit www.aem.org.

AEM Elects 2017 Officers, New Directors Michael A. Haberman of Gradall Industries is AEM Chair

 

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces its 2017 officers as well as directors elected to the AEM Board of Directors and AG and CE Sector Boards.

AEM Officers for 2017 are:

Chair Michael A. Haberman, President, Gradall Industries Inc.

Chair Michael A. Haberman, President, Gradall Industries Inc.

Chair Michael A. Haberman, President, Gradall Industries Inc.
Vice Chair Richard M. Goldsbury, President Doosan Bobcat North America & Oceania, Doosan Bobcat
AG Chair John D. Lagemann, Senior VP Sales & Marketing-Regions 3 & 4, Deere & Company
CE Chair Jeffrey R. Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver
Treasurer Jim Walker, VP Case IH North America, CNH Industrial
Secretary Dennis J. Slater, AEM’s full-time President
AEM officers and directors work on behalf of all member companies, giving their time and talent to provide strategic direction and guidance for the Association’s business-development initiatives in areas including public policy, market data, and exhibitions, as well as technical, safety and regulatory issues and education/training.

“At AEM, we benefit from the support of our member companies and the dedication of their representatives who serve in AEM leadership roles,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “They help ensure Association programs continue to meet member and industry needs, and we appreciate their knowledge and participation.”

Directors elected to the AEM Board of Directors:

Jason M. Andringa, President & CEO, Vermeer Corporation
Steven W. Berglund, President & CEO, Trimble Navigation Ltd.
Robert B. Crain, Senior VP & General Manager North America, AGCO Corporation
Matt Daley, President & CEO, GEA Farm Technologies Inc.
Richard M. Goldsbury, President Doosan Bobcat North America & Oceania, Doosan Bobcat
John D. Lagemann, Senior VP Sales & Marketing-Regions 3 & 4, Deere & Company
Arjun Mirdha, President & CEO, JCB Inc.
Michael J. Osenga, President Diesel & Gas Turbine Publications
Greg Petras, President, Kuhn North America Inc.
Rod Schrader, Chairman & CEO, Komatsu America Corp.
Jim Walker, VP Case IH North America, CNH Industrial
Directors elected to the AEM AG Sector Board:

Grant Adolph, COO, Buhler Industries Inc.
Mark D. Core, Executive VP & Chief Marketing Officer, Vermeer Corporation
Matt Daley, President & CEO, GEA Farm Technologies Inc.
Richard Fox-Marrs, President JCB Agriculture, JCB Inc.
Bill T. Hurley, VP Sales North America, AGCO Corporation
John D. Lagemann, Senior VP Sales & Marketing-Regions 3 & 4, Deere & Company
Bret Lieberman, VP North America, New Holland Agriculture
Leif J. Magnusson, President, CLAAS Global Sales Americas Inc.
Brian A. McKown, Executive VP & COO, Kinze Manufacturing Inc.
Greg Petras, President, Kuhn North America, Inc.
Todd H. Stucke, Senior VP Sales, Marketing & Product Support, Kubota Tractor Corporation
Directors elected to the AEM CE Sector Board:

Steven W. Berglund, President & CEO, Trimble Navigation Ltd.
John L. Garrison, President & CEO, Terex Corporation
Jeff Heinemann, VP Construction, Sandvik Mining & Construction
Chuck Martz, President, CEO & Chairman, Link-Belt Construction Equipment Company
Daniel L. Miller, President & CEO, Manitou Americas Inc.
Ray O’Connor, President & CEO, Topcon Positioning Systems Inc.
Jeffrey R. Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver
Patrick Roesler, CEO, G&D Integrated
Stephen Roy, President Sales Region Americas, Volvo Construction Equipment
Rod Schrader, Chairman & CEO, Komatsu America Corp.
George H. Taylor, VP Customer Services Support, Caterpillar Inc.
AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 900 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

For more information on AEM services and programs, visit www.aem.org.

AEM Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Inductees Hagie Manufacturing and Vermeer Corporation Leaders Honored

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces the 2016 inductees into the AEM Hall of Fame, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals in the off-road equipment industry, and their legacy of innovation, service and leadership.

The two distinguished inductees into the 2016 AEM Hall of Fame are Ray Hagie, founder of Hagie Manufacturing LLC, and Robert L. Vermeer, chair emeritus of Vermeer Corporation.

“AEM is proud and privileged to honor the pioneering individuals who have invented, managed, built and led the off-road equipment industry,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “Their vision and dedication have contributed significantly to the growth and strength of our industry and economic progress and quality of life around the world; and their legacy serves as an inspiration for our leaders of tomorrow.”

AEM Hall of Fame inductees have been evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on five criteria that are vital to the health of the off-road equipment manufacturing industry: 1) innovation, 2) industry contributions, 3) leadership, 4) corporate citizenship/social responsibility and 5) sustainability.

Honorees are publicly announced and celebrated during special ceremonies at AEM’s annual conference and take their place of honor in AEM’s Hall of Fame; for more information on the AEM Hall of Fame and all its inductees, visit www.aem.org/HallofFame.

Nominations for the AEM Hall of Fame are open year-round.

About the 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
Below are summaries for each 2016 honoree with some of the reasons they were selected for induction.

Ray Hagie (Hagie Manufacturing LLC)

imageRay Hagie never intended on bringing to market the world’s first self-propelled sprayer in 1947. He was an entrepreneur and an innovator who spent his lifetime in pursuit of solving problems and finding a better way.

In 1933, the Iowa State College graduate returned to his family farm and decided to experiment with hybrid seed corn. A drought hit and the hybrids withstood the challenge and so did Ray, leading to the opening of Hagie’s Hybrids seed corn plant in 1944.

As the agricultural industry experienced a labor shortage during WWII, Ray’s entrepreneurial spirit struck again. He developed a self-propelled “personnel carrier” to help reduce the painstaking time and fatigue associated with detasseling corn. At the end of World War II, Dow released the pesticide/herbicide, known today as 2,4-D, for use in the control of broadleaf weeds. Ray envisioned a more efficient solution to apply this product, which led to him bringing to market the world’s first self-propelled sprayer and founding of Hagie Manufacturing in 1947.

In years to follow, Hagie Manufacturing earned a reputation as an industry innovator by providing the market with new solutions for evolving farming needs. A few of Hagie Manufacturing’s industry firsts include the invention of the four-wheeled Hagie sprayer, front-mounted boom, and a high-clearance nitrogen toolbar.

Committed to the community, the environment and the industry, Ray served in numerous leadership roles throughout his career including as an Iowa state representative and senator, chairman of the Iowa Manufacturers Association and on the Iowa State University Board of Governors.

Robert L. Vermeer (Vermeer Corporation)

image-1With an intense focus on the well-being of his team, Robert “Bob” Vermeer continued the legacy of bringing innovative processes to Vermeer Corporation that were integral in expanding the business to where it is today.

Under Bob’s leadership, sales at Vermeer grew nearly 13 times. He initiated a program to evaluate and coach dealers to higher levels of performance through improved customer relationships. He oversaw key advancements in finance that improved equipment availability and allowed dealers to stock inventory globally, ultimately growing business domestically and outside the United States. Bob also challenged his team members to expedite processes which resulted in huge productivity improvements.

A shining example of compassion and service, Bob spearheaded numerous employee and community service programs including the Vermeer Chaplain Program, the Vermeer Charitable Foundation Scholarship Program and the Vermeer Spirit of Caring Award. To stay connected to the pulse of the Vermeer people, Bob emphasized an open-door policy expectation of his leadership. You will often find him walking the production floor with a sincere interest in every person he meets.

Active within the industry and community, Bob has served as Chair of both the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Iowa Business Council. In addition, Bob has been a member of, and served as an officer for, several boards, including Central College Board of Trustees, Dordt College Board, Calvin Theological Seminary Board of Trustees and the Pella Chamber of Commerce.

Bob started his career at Vermeer in 1974, later assumed CEO responsibilities, and served as Chairman of the Vermeer Board of Directors beginning in 1989. He has been involved in all aspects of the business and strategy in support of the long-term health and growth of Vermeer, and continues to devotedly serve his team, industry and community.

About the AEM Hall of Fame – www.aem.org/halloffame

The AEM Hall of Fame traces its roots to 1993 and development of the Construction Equipment Hall of Fame as a not-for-profit industry-wide initiative by Construction Equipment magazine. AEM served on its Board of Directors; the first Hall of Fame induction ceremony was held at CONEXPO 1993 and the last ceremony in 1999. The Hall lapsed in the early 2000s and AEM took over ownership and operation in 2008 creating the AEM Hall of Fame.

CASE, Folcomer Equipment and Groff Tractor Work with Team Rubicon to Improve Erosion Control and Natural Habitats at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge

 

CASE Construction Equipment, Folcomer Equipment and Groff Tractor provided equipment and product/training support to veteran-led disaster response organization Team Rubicon for use in team_rubicon_blackwater_1training 10 new participants in its heavy equipment training program. The training included course work, and then practical operation in laying riprap for erosion control and spreading topsoil to encourage growth of the natural habitat for wildlife at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) in Cambridge, MD. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Blackwater NWR protects approximately 28,000 acres of tidal marshlands and woodlands for the benefit of wildlife species.

Team Rubicon is training its members in the safe use and maintenance of heavy equipment for its disaster response operations. Folcomer Equipment provided a SR240 skid steer, and Groff Tractor supplied a CX75C SR excavator to the effort. The partnership between CASE, Team Rubicon and the National Wildlife Refuge Association dates back to November 2015 when the three organizations began working together to complete training and project work. Other refuge training projects have been completed in Texas, California and Washington, with additional training taking place at sites throughout the country. Eventually, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service hopes that about 100 Team Rubicon members will be available to refuges for team_rubicon_blackwater_2heavy equipment work and hundreds more available as volunteers for service projects across the country.

“Both Folcomer Equipment and Groff Tractor understand the dual benefits of this partnership and how it relates to the CASE mission,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “We’re providing skills training for veterans to use in both disaster response operations and their careers. We’re also helping improve critical natural habitats and supporting sustainability in the process. Folcomer and Groff really stepped up to make this training possible.”

To learn more about Team Rubicon, visit TeamRubiconUSA.org. To donate to Team Rubicon in support of its disaster response efforts, visit Case.TeamRubiconusa.org. For more on CASE, visit CaseCE.com. Groff Tractor can be found online at www.grofftractor.com, and Folcomer Equipment can be found at www.folcomerequipment.com.

About CASE

CASE Construction Equipment sells and supports a full line of construction equipment around the world. Through CASE dealers, customers have access to a true professional partner with world-class equipment and aftermarket support, industry-leading warranties and flexible team_rubicon_blackwater_4financing. More information is available at www.CaseCE.com.

About Team Rubicon

Team Rubicon unites the skills and experience of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those afflicted by disasters, and also themselves. For more about Team Rubicon, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org.

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About Blackwater NWR
team_rubicon_blackwater_3Established in 1933, Blackwater NWR is an important resting and feeding area for birds migrating along the Atlantic Flyway, and home of two formerly endangered species, the southern bald eagle the Delmarva Peninsula fox squirrel. Learn more about the refuge at www.fws.gov/refuge/Blackwater. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

CASE Names Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District Winner of the Dire States Equipment Grant

 

Case LogoTioga County will use $25,000 in free equipment rental from CASE to enact real change by training local public works and highway departments in proper stream and water management to mitigate damages from future flood events on area communities and infrastructure.

CASE Construction Equipment has awarded the $25,000 Dire States Equipment Grant to the Tioga County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in Tioga County, New York. The SWCD will use the equipment as part of its Environmentally Sensitive Stream Maintenance Program that works with municipal officials and highway department staff to ensure scientifically sound maintenance practices in streams and waterways to mitigate damages from future flooding events. Local flooding events have had considerable impact on local infrastructure and communities in recent years.

tioga_county_swcd“Tioga County historically has been impacted by a number of both flash flood and flooding events,” says Wendy Walsh, director, Tioga County SWCD. “These have had a significant impact on our infrastructure including culverts, bridges and roadways. Benefits of this program will include improved coordination and cooperation between municipal staff and the SWCD, as well as expediting the permitting process with regulating agencies as municipal departments show their growing knowledge of stream function and processes.”

SWCD will use the grant to procure construction equipment from CASE dealer Monroe Tractor to support the program. New training programs will begin this fall and extend into 2017.

“The Tioga County SWCD project stood out to us because of its impact on multiple phases of infrastructure, from inland waterways to roads and bridges,” says Scott Harris, vice president – North America, CASE Construction Equipment. “That’s our goal with Dire States: impacting real infrastructure change at the local level to show how each community can affect change across numerous modes of infrastructure. This program embodies that for us.”

The grant was awarded after soliciting submissions nationwide from local communities to use heavy equipment to improve a critical piece of infrastructure. The winner was chosen by a committee of representatives from CASE. For more information on Dire States, and to see how the grant is being put to use, visit DireStates.com and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.