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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).

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

AEM Names New Senior VP AG Services: Curt Blades, Follows Announcement of Charlie O’Brien’s AEM Retirement

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has named Curt Blades as senior vice president, AG services.

Blades will be responsible for strategic direction of agriculture programs and services for the AEM membership, and will serve as primary liaison with ag-specific industry organizations, customer groups and government agencies, both in North America and worldwide.

He replaces Charlie O’Brien, who announced his retirement from AEM earlier this year.

“We are very pleased to welcome Curt to the AEM team and look forward to the expertise and enthusiasm he brings,” said AEM President Dennis Slater.

“He has a strong agricultural and management background and while we had some big shoes to fill with Charlie’s departure, we are confident that Curt will help us achieve continued success.”

About Curt Blades

Blades served as Group Business Development Director for Meredith Corporation and as a member of the strategic leadership team for Meredith Agrimedia business unit. In addition to strategy, he has extensive experience in management, marketing, sales and research.

He joined Meredith in 2002, with previous positions including management roles at MachineryLink and Farmland Industries.

He has been active in the National Agri-Marketing Association, Agribusinesss Education Foundation and Agriculture Council of America.

Blades earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from University of Missouri and a master’s degree in agribusiness from Kansas State. He grew up on a 5,000-acre farm in northeast Missouri, and was involved in 4H and FFA.

 

 

 

Charlie O’Brien Retires

Charlie O’Brien announced in April his intention to retire from AEM to take care of family and a family business.

“We want to extend a heartfelt ‘thank you’ to Charlie for his decade of service and unselfish willingness to work during a transition period to help provide uninterrupted service to the membership,” said Slater.

O’Brien joined AEM in 2007 and prior to that held positions of increasing responsibility with John Deere Credit.

“Charlie has been an invaluable member of the AEM senior leadership team and highly respected throughout the industry, and we are grateful for his knowledge and guidance,’ said Slater.

“He played a critical strategic role for AEM and his dedication is evident in the growth of our Ag sector programs and services during his tenure.”

AEM notes that the nationwide search for its senior vice president position was conducted through Kincannon & Reed, a leading global executive search firm focused on the food, agribusiness and biosciences sectors.