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Construction Industry Associations AEM & ABC Support Tax Reform Framework

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement in response to the tax reform framework released on Wednesday by members of Congress:
AEM members support a simpler tax code that provides relief to both conventional corporations and “pass-through” businesses, a designation which includes a number of equipment manufacturers and their customers.
The unified tax reform framework released today by leaders in Congress goes great lengths toward meeting AEM members’ goals. Equipment manufacturers currently suffer from a tax code that puts U.S. manufacturers at a disadvantage versus our global competitors. Our industry stands with those in Congress who propose commonsense, permanent tax relief that will renew America’s manufacturing strength.
The current debate over tax reform is a moment of truth for our elected leaders. We will work in the coming months to encourage members of Congress in both parties to deliver on their pledge to advance pro-growth tax reform that supports manufacturing in America.
NOTE: AEM will be releasing the findings from a more detailed tax reform research project in the coming weeks, along with new advertising and grassroots advocacy efforts intended to help advance the industry’s priorities for tax reform.

Tax Reform Framework a Major Step Forward, Says ABC

Michael D. Bellaman, President, and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), issued the following statement supporting the Unified Framework for Fixing Our Broken Tax Code released today by congressional and administration leaders:

“The tax framework released today marks a promising step forward for the first genuine reform of the tax code in a generation. Associated Builders and Contractors is encouraged by the proposal, and we strongly support the tax reform process moving forward.

“The framework and its targets go a long way toward advancing ABC’s tax policy goals. Construction historically faces the highest effective tax burden of any industry. The vast majority of construction firms are small and family-owned businesses that pay taxes at individual rates. The equivalent rate reduction envisioned in the framework for businesses on both sides of the code, paired with a broader tax base, moves toward ABC’s vision of fair treatment for all companies regardless of size, structure or sector.

“While the framework is an important first step, there is much work to be done. Before this process can move forward, Congress must pass a budget resolution that instructs tax writers to turn this framework into legislative language. With so much left to the discretion of the committees, there is little time to spare. We look forward to working with both chambers to build on the structure of this framework in a way that promotes simplicity, fairness and economic growth.”

AEM Poll: Rural-Urban Agreement on Need for Infrastructure Investment

An overwhelming majority of Americans in urban, suburban and rural communities believe that investing in infrastructure will improve the U.S. economy according to a new poll released Tuesday by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers(AEM).

While infrastructure needs differ in different parts of the country, the new survey shows that adults strongly support modernizing U.S. infrastructure and believe that investments will create jobs and improve their quality of life.

“The findings underscore the fact that infrastructure connects rural and urban America – both literally and physically,” said AEM president Dennis Slater. “America’s infrastructure was once the envy of the world, but after years of underinvestment, our infrastructure and connectivity between rural and urban America have deteriorated considerably. This is one of the areas rural and urban Americans agree on today – that we must modernize and rebuild our infrastructure to reclaim the infrastructure advantage we once had.”

The national poll identified a number of key findings, including

  • An overwhelming majority (89 percent) of all adults believe that investments in infrastructure will strengthen the U.S. economy, including eighty-six (86) percent of urban and eighty-nine (89) percent of rural Americans.
  • More than eight out of every ten adults (82 percent) agree that investments in infrastructure will increase the number of jobs in their communities, with eighty-four (84) percent of suburban, eighty-two (82) percent of urban and eighty (80) percent of rural Americans sharing this belief.
  • Americans across the country agree that investments in infrastructure will improve their quality of life (81 percent). This sentiment is equally strong in suburbs or towns (82 percent), cities (80 percent) and rural America (79 percent).

Read the full polling memo here.

“It is time for Congress and the administration to listen to the American people and rebuild our infrastructure, spur economic growth and accelerate job creation as a result,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM vice president of public affairs and advocacy.

Respondents also identified transportation, construction and manufacturing as the top industries poised to benefit most from increased infrastructure investment. Thirty (30) percent of all Americans pointed to manufacturing as one of the three primary beneficiaries of increased spending on infrastructure, a figure that rises among Midwesterners (34 percent) and rural Americans (34 percent).

The poll also found that a third of Americans (33 percent) believe that investing in broadband and wireless connectivity would most likely benefit their ability to access educational and workforce training resources.

The findings support recommendations made in a recently released report by AEM called The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage (TM). The report emphasizes the importance of the United States reclaiming its infrastructure advantage in order to maintain its global economic dominance. The report also highlights several areas in which infrastructure, such as surface transportation and broadband, provide critical links between urban and rural communities and economies.

About the Survey

AEM conducted the poll in partnership with YouGov through its online omnibus survey. The survey was fielded to 3,481 U.S. adults, including 667 adults who self-identify as living in a rural area. Figures have been weighted and are representative of all American adults (18+). Fieldwork was conducted between July 26 and July 28, 2017.

Practice Smart Digging: AEM Supports “Call 811” Day

Practice Smart Digging: AEM Supports “Call 811” Day
8/11 on Calendar a Convenient Reminder from Common Ground Alliance

Do you know where your local utility lines are?

The Common Ground Alliance has designated 8/11 on the calendar as a convenient reminder to “call before you dig,” and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and its members are proud to support CGA and its programs.

“AEM and CGA have worked diligently together to promote safety in all utility excavation. Why? Because it saves lives,” said William “Bernie” Bernhard, AEM technical and safety services manager.

“Contractors, farmers, landscapers, homeowners and anyone involved in a digging project, no matter how large or small, needs to call 811. It’s a free call and the risk is just not worth it!”

Every six minutes an underground utility line is damaged because someone decided to dig without first calling 811, says CGA. From high-speed Internet, cable TV and phone to electric, gas, water and sewer lines, many are buried underground and hitting one can cause injury, repair costs, fines and inconvenient neighborhood outages.

Read Bernhard’s “8/11 Day” commemoration blog here, outlining CGA resources as well as AEM and machinery manufacturer “Call 811” outreach.

Visit the Common Ground Alliance website for more information on CGA and its services.

“Smart digging means calling 811 and using AEM’s safety manuals before each job,” says Bernhard.

AEM safety manuals specifically for underground excavation cover auger boring, backhoe loaders, compact excavators, digger derricks, directional drilling, hydraulic excavators, trenchers and vacuum excavators.

Visit safetymaterials.org as you prepare for your next excavation project.

AEM’s world-class trade shows include ICUEE, International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (aka The Demo Expo). Visit www.icuee.com for details on the 2017 show, set for October 3-5 in Louisville, Kentucky.

 

The I Make America Campaign New Video 1.3 Million Strong

The I Make America campaign is all about supporting manufacturing jobs! That’s why it produced this new video about the 1.3 million men and women who make up the equipment manufacturing industry. Check it out:

It’s more important than ever to get involved and tell your elected leaders about the importance of the equipment manufacturing industry and the jobs that depend on it.

So send this letter urging your elected leaders to stand up for the 1.3 million American jobs the manufacturing industry supports!

 

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Elects Two Directors

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has elected Philip Kelliher, Vice President Americas & Europe Distribution Services Division of Caterpillar Inc., and David Thorne, Senior Vice President Worldwide Sales & Marketing, Construction & Forestry Division of Deere & Company, to the AEM CE Sector Board to fill unexpired terms.

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 950 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related sectors worldwide.

Association officers and directors work on behalf of all member companies, giving their time and talent to provide strategic direction and guidance for Association action in areas including public policy, market data and exhibitions, as well as technical, safety and regulatory issues, and education/training.

“AEM benefits from the support of our member companies and the leadership talents of our Board members, who are selected to reflect an industry cross-section,” said AEM President Dennis Slater.

“Their dedication helps ensure Association programs continue to meet member and industry needs, and we welcome Phil’s and David’s knowledge and participation.”

David Thorne – Deere & Company

Thorne has worked for Deere since 1997, holding management, sales and marketing roles. His career includes: director, Deere & Company Corporate Strategy in 2011, president, John Deere Water in 2012, and director worldwide marketing & support, Construction & Forestry Division in 2014 before taking his current position in 2017. 

 

 

 

 

Philip Kelliher – Caterpillar

Kelliher joined Caterpillar in 1994 and has held marketing and managerial positions. He began his career in Australia, focused on agriculture, construction and mining. He has served in Latin America and was part of the company’s Global Mining Division formation. In 2015 he was named vice president of the Americas Distribution Services Division (which soon became the Americas and Europe DSD).

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