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Equipment Manufacturers Urge Lawmakers to Reclaim U.S. Infrastructure Advantage

AEM releases policy recommendations on how to make American infrastructure number one again

 The Association of Equipment Manufactures (AEM) today released The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage™, a report that outlines steps lawmakers should take to reclaim the country’s infrastructure advantage. Currently ranked 11th in the world in infrastructure competitiveness, equipment manufacturers believe it is essential to modernize and rebuild America’s core infrastructure network in order to retain the United States’ position as the world’s strongest economy.

The report makes the case for a U.S. infrastructure system that supports the safe and efficient movement of people and goods; provides connectivity between and within rural and urban America; and fosters strong economic growth and robust job creation.

“The United States once had an infrastructure system that was the envy of the world,” said Dennis Slater, AEM President. “Our infrastructure competitiveness and our economic competitiveness are linked. This set of policy recommendations to reclaim our Infrastructure Advantage speak to that connection and outline what government officials should be thinking about as they consider future legislation.”

 The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage™ offers five key steps that policymakers and infrastructure stakeholders can use to ensure that policy proposals help reclaim the U.S. Infrastructure Advantage:

1. Focus on networks and systems
2. Maximize use of smart technology
3. Ensure rural-urban connectivity
4. Expedite project delivery
5. Provide adequate and reliable resources

The report also provides firsthand perspectives from equipment manufacturers about the importance of infrastructure to the United States’ economy.

“Equipment manufacturers have an important role to play in reclaiming the U.S. Infrastructure Advantage. Equipment manufacturers depend on an efficient infrastructure system – directly in their day-to-day operations, as well as indirectly to sustain the economic health of other sectors that rely on our industry,” added Slater. “They also make the equipment that builds and supports U.S. infrastructure construction and operation.”

The report was developed by a task force of executives from the equipment manufacturing industry following a two-year process of discussion and engagement with a wide range of infrastructure stakeholders through AEM’s Infrastructure Vision 2050 thought-leadership initiative.

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) – www.aem.org

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 950 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.

AEM: Time for Action on Trump Infrastructure Plan

AEM: Time for Action on Trump Infrastructure Plan

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) President Dennis Slater issued the following statement on Monday regarding President Trump’s new infrastructure plan:

The Trump Administration gets tremendous credit from the U.S. equipment manufacturing industry for focusing our national dialogue on the need to make substantial investments in American infrastructure.

Infrastructure investment routinely ranks among voters’ top policy priorities, which is why Congress should work on a bipartisan basis to consider and advance a comprehensive infrastructure investment package as soon as possible.

Equipment manufacturers are heartened by efforts to induce additional private investment into infrastructure programs, and welcome efforts to streamline duplicative review processes that drive up the costs for projects.

But we will not be able to realize the infrastructure system our nation needs and deserves without a sustained investment from the federal government. Expanding public-private partnerships will open up new avenues of infrastructure investment, but they are not a substitute for a strong federal program. That is most especially true for rural communities.

AEM members look forward to working with the Trump Administration and Congress to develop forward-looking solutions for our nation’s infrastructure needs. Our Infrastructure Vision 2050 initiative has already generated some of the most innovative ideas for the future of American infrastructure, and we look forward to sharing some of the resulting policy insights from this effort next week.

Note: AEM had earlier this year urged President Trump to start with infrastructure.

Other related articles:

President Trump Kicks Off Infrastructure Week

https://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2017/06/06/president-trump-kicks-infrastructure-week

The most dangerous bridge in every US state

http://www.businessinsider.com/most-dangerous-bridges-america-2017-5/ – alabama-i-65-over-us-11-railroad-in-jefferson-county-1

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Still Could Use More Planning

http://www.npr.org/2017/06/09/532078366/trumps-infrastructure-plan-still-could-use-more-planning

 

 

 

AEM & Subsite Electronics Remind Us That June is National Safety Month

The National Safety Council (NSC) has designated June as National Safety Month. The NSC, along with thousands of safety-minded organizations across the country, observe National Safety Month every June to raise awareness of what it takes to “Keep Each Other Safe.” Throughout the month, the NSC will provide materials focused on reducing leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and in our homes and communities.

According to the NSC, preventable deaths are at an all-time high, claiming more than 146,000 lives in 2015. Working together, the NSC and concerned organizations will launch a comprehensive public education campaign aimed at reducing the needless deaths. Throughout the month, safety topics will cover fall safety, fatigue, safety in an active shooter situation, ergonomics and road safety for workers.

While topics don’t cover safety in the underground construction industry specifically,” said Jeri Lamerton, Marketing Manager for Subsite® Electronics, a Charles Machine Works Company, “we fully support the NSC’s efforts to help “Keep Each Other Safe. Our company is a pioneer in technology designed to help keep workers safe, and we applaud any efforts to spread a safety message, no matter what industry.”

Visit http://www.nsc.org for more information about National Safety Month. For more information on utility locators and other Underground Awareness products from Subsite® Electronics, visit www.subsite.com 

Think Safety 365, says AEM in support of National Safety Month

 Nearly 13,000 American workers are injured each day and preventable injuries overall are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States.

June is National Safety Month, and AEM is proud to partner with the National Safety Council (where the above numbers came from) in this endeavor to help workers, families and communities stay safe.

“The message of safety is one we should never get complacent about. We need to wake up every day, 365 days a year, with a commitment to being safety conscious,” said James Vos, AEM safety materials manager.

AEM offers a free download of its Equipment Safety Infographic poster with colorful and informative messages to help spread the safety message in break rooms, on the shop floor, in the classrooms or anywhere important safety information needs to be shared.

Five Tips to Reinforce Safety

AEM supports and encourages industry participation in safety outreach efforts and is active in many organizations, coalitions and programs advancing safety.

“In the routine of day-to-day and deadlines, events such as National Safety Month are a reminder and opportunity to elevate and emphasize the safety message,” said Vos.

Worker safety has always been a priority for machinery makers and AEM. The Association outlines five basic tips to help workers focus on safety:

  • Take advantage of safety training that is available.
  • Be alert and know the work area and the equipment.
  • Follow the rules of safe equipment preparation and start-up, operation and maintenance.
  • Set an example: for your well-being and the protection of others, encourage fellow workers to act safely.
  • Put it in personal terms: think what is important to you that makes you want to stay safe.

AEM produces an extensive array of safety products, including safety manuals and videos, with major equipment types covering aerial, agriculture, compact/portable, earthmoving, forestry, lifting, road paving and utility excavation applications.

Find the complete line of AEM safety materials at safetymaterials.org.

Visit the National Safety Council online for June National Safety Month information.

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