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AEM Launches Ad Blitz to Push Tax Reform Across Finish Line

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) on Wednesday launched a new advertising blitz to urge Congress to pass comprehensive tax reform before the end of the year.
The advertisement will target members of Congress and their staff as well as the Trump administration for the duration of the tax reform effort this year.
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“The men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry are counting on Congress to get tax reform across the finish line this year,” said AEM Vice President Kip Eideberg. “That is why we are launching this ad: to let our elected leaders know how important tax reform is to creating good-paying manufacturing jobs, and tilting the competitive balance back in favor of manufacturers in the United States.”

The tax reform ad is a continuation of the “Behind Every Product” campaign launched by AEM earlier this year.
AEM outlined its priorities for tax reform in a report released earlier this year.
AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing more than 950 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide.

AEM Honors Companies for Longtime Industry Service 

AEM Honors Companies for Longtime Industry Service 

 The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has recognized 11 companies for achieving “milestone member” status in 2017, a designation that highlights their off-road equipment industry support through longtime and continuous participation in AEM.

AEM saluted the 11 companies for achieving 25-year status during ceremonies at the Association’s recent annual conference.

“AEM’s strength is its membership; we could not achieve success without the active and continued involvement of our member companies,” said Paul Flemming, AEM senior director, membership & engagement. “Their participation has been key to the growth and progress of our industry and AEM. We appreciate and are proud to recognize their dedication and commitment.”

Receiving 25-year Milestone Member plaques at the 2017 AEM Annual Conference from 2017 AEM Chair Mike Haberman of Gradall (far left) and AEM President Dennis Slater (far right) were (L-R): Roger Adshead of Route One Publishing, Jeff Reed of VSS Macropaver/Reed International, Mike Osenga of Diesel Progress and Mike Devine of Asphalt Drum Mixers.

AEM 25-Year Members for 2017:

  • Argos Multilingual
  • Asphalt Drum Mixers
  • Diesel Progress
  • Haltec Corporation
  • Hatz Diesel of America
  • Hilman Rollers
  • KCMA Corporation
  • Route One Publishing
  • SealMaster
  • TEI Rock Drills
  • VSS Macropaver/Reed International

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 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

Visit www.aem.org for more information.

AEM Announces ‘I Make America’ Award Winners

A record number of equipment manufacturing industry companies were recognized for their outstanding commitment to advocacy efforts on behalf of the industry at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) recent Annual Conference.

Bob Crain of AGCO Corp., AEM Government & Public Affairs Committee chair, announces the AEM 2017 I Make America advocacy award winners at the recent AEM annual conference.

Thirty companies received AEM’s highest honor for their participation in I Make America, the association’s national grassroots campaign that advances the equipment manufacturing industry’s policy priorities. Twenty-two companies were recognized as Gold level supporters of I Make America, while an additional eight companies were honored as Legacy Award winners for reaching Gold level for five consecutive years.

“I Make America’s success depends on the strong support of member companies and their employees to educate elected officials about the equipment manufacturing industry’s role in driving economic prosperity and quality of life for all Americans,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “The companies honored are leading the way for the Association’s advocacy efforts and we want to publicly thank them for their outstanding commitment and efforts.”

This year’s I Make America campaign – themed “Our Products. Our Jobs.” – brought a record number of elected officials to AEM member companies across the country. In addition, AEM members descended upon Washington in September for the first-ever I Make America Fly-In, where member company executives visited with 100 congressional offices and Trump administration officials to advance the industry’s policy priorities.

“This year our member companies hosted a record number of elected officials at equipment manufacturing facilities across the country to make the case for infrastructure investment, tax reform, free trade and a strong agricultural economy,” said AEM Vice President Kip Eideberg. “The success of our advocacy efforts is in large part due to the outstanding support of our member companies.”

2017 Legacy Award Winners

  • Blount International
  • Carlson Paving Products
  • Deere & Company
  • InQuest Marketing
  • Ken Cook Co.
  • Stellar Industries
  • Terex Corporation
  • Vermeer Corporation

Representatives from four AEM 2017 I Make America Legacy Award winners are pictured at the recent AEM annual conference (L-R) with AEM President Dennis Slater (far right) and AEM Vice President Kip Eideberg (far left): Jason Andringa of Vermeer Corp., Ken Cook of Ken Cook Co., Jerry Johnson of Blount International and John Lagemann of Deere & Co.

2017 Gold Award Winners

  • AGCO Corporation
  • Astec Mobile Screens
  • Calder Brothers
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • CLAAS of America, Inc.
  • CNH Industrial
  • Cummins, Inc.
  • Custom Products of Litchfield, Inc.
  • Doosan Bobcat
  • General Kinematics
  • Gradall Industries
  • Hardi North America, Inc.
  • JCB, Inc.
  • JLG Industries
  • Johnson Crushers International
  • KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA, Inc.
  • Kolberg Pioneer
  • Kondex Corporation
  • Manitou Americas, Inc.
  • Sioux Corporation
  • Volvo Construction Equipment
  • Weiler

Representatives from several of the 22 companies honored with AEM 2017 I Make America Gold Awards are pictured at the recent AEM Annual Conference with AEM President Dennis Slater (far right) and AEM Vice President Kip Eideberg (far left).

For more information about I Make America, please visit www.imakeamerica.com/.

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 and construction-related sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

AEM Announces 2018 Officers, New Directors, AEM Announces 2018 Officers, New Directors

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces its 2018 officers as well as directors elected to the AEM Board of Directors and AG and CE Sector Boards at its recent annual business meeting.

2018 AEM Officers are:

  • Chair Richard M. Goldsbury, Regional President, North America & Oceania, Doosan Bobcat Inc.
  • Vice Chair Jim Walker, VP Case IH N.A., CNH Industrial
  • AG Chair John D. Lagemann, Sr. VP Sales & Marketing–Regions 3 & 4, Deere & Co.
  • CE Chair Jeffrey R. Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver
  • Treasurer Todd H. Stucke, Sr. VP Sales, Marketing & Product Support, Kubota Tractor Corp.
  • Secretary Dennis J. Slater, President, AEM’s full-time President

2018 AEM Chair Richard M. Goldsbury, Regional President, North America & Oceania, Doosan Bobcat Inc.

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.

2018 AEM Officers (L-R): CE Chair Jeff Reed, Reed International/VSS Macropaver; Treasurer Todd Stucke, Kubota Tractor Corp.; Vice Chair Jim Walker, CNH Industrial; Chair Rich Goldsbury, Doosan Bobcat; AG Chair John Lagemann, Deere & Co.; Secretary Dennis Slater, AEM.

“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, helping them succeed in the changing business environments of the future, and we appreciate their knowledge and participation.”

Directors elected to the AEM Board of Directors:

  • Robert B. Charter, Group President, Caterpillar Inc.
  • Grant D. Godbersen, VP Manufacturing, GOMACO Corp.
  • Michael A. Haberman, President, Gradall Industries, Inc.
  • Jerry Johnson, President Farm, Ranch & Agriculture Div., Blount International, Inc.
  • David L. Koppenhofer, Exec. Dir., OEM Sales & Support, Cummins Inc.
  • Leif J. Magnusson, President, CLAAS Global Sales Americas, Inc.
  • Richard A. Patek, Group President Astec Aggregate & Mining Group, Astec Industries, Inc.
  • Austin Ramirez, President & CEO, HUSCO International
  • Jeffrey R. Reed, President & CEO, Reed International/VSS Macropaver
  • Todd H. Stucke, Sr. VP Sales, Marketing & Product Support, Kubota Tractor Corp.

Directors elected to the AEM AG Sector Board:

  • Grant H. Adolph, COO, Buhler Industries Inc.
  • Wayne R. Buchberger, President & CEO, Hardi North America, Inc.
  • Gene Fraser, VP Global Sales & Marketing, MacDon Industries Ltd.
  • Mani Iyer, President, Mahindra USA, Inc.
  • Jerry Johnson, President Farm, Ranch & Agriculture Div., Blount International, Inc.
  • Tommy Jones, President & CEO, Krone N.A., Inc.
  • Darryl Matthews, Sr. VP & Sector Head Natural Resources, Trimble Inc.
  • Brian A. Nelson, President & Chairman, HCC, Inc.
  • Dale M. Szuminski, President, Alo North America Inc.
  • James A. Wessing, President, Kondex Corporation

Directors elected to the AEM CE Sector Board:

  • Mary Erholtz, VP Marketing, Superior Industries, Inc.
  • John R. Grote, Global VP Sales & Marketing, Grote Industries, Inc.
  • Scott R. Harris, VP Case Construction Equip. N.A., CNH Industrial
  • Jeff Heinemann, VP, Sandvik Mining & Rock Technology USA
  • Lori L. Kieklak, President Americas Hydraulics Business, Eaton
  • Robert C. Mortensen, President Off Highway Division, HUSCO International
  • Frank R. Nerenhausen, President JLG & Executive VP Oshkosh, JLG Industries, Inc.
  • Rick Rodier, VP Sitework Systems Div., The Toro Company
  • Ingo P. Schiller, President, Tadano America Corp.
  • David F. Thorne, Sr. VP Worldwide Sales & Marketing, Construction & Forestry Div., Deere & Co.
  • Patrick Weiler, President & CEO, Weiler

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 and construction-related 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.

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.”