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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.

Tom Ewing’s Environmental Update

*  Well, this is a bit awkward!  EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) reports that in 2015 and 2016 EPA paid over $1.5 million for subsidized and unoccupied parking spaces at DC headquarters and Region 4 Atlanta, the only two offices that subsidize parking.  These weren’t criticisms for employees who needed to park, either.  (Other EPA offices provide “free” parking but the OIG report doesn’t include that non-cash benefit.)  The OIG points out that a 2015 Executive Order established “a clear overarching objective of reducing greenhouse gas emissions across Federal operations” encouraging agencies to “promote sustainable commuting.”  OIG found sloppy program accounting, too, with good-role-model parents apparently using their kids to qualify for car-pool spaces, which were granted even though car-pool participants didn’t list an email address on application forms, as required.  Tsk tsk… Do as we say, not as we do!
*  Someone named V V makes some thoughtful points about regulatory costs in comments to a Federal Highway docket.  V V has an interesting angle, first noting that the US GDP is around $17.6 trillion.  Then, he/she cites recent estimates that regulations cost the US economy about $1.88 trillion.  Next, some comparative figures: $2 trillion (rounding up a bit) is equivalent to more than half the 2014 level of fiscal budget outlays ($3.5 trillion), and nearly four times the $482 billion deficit.  Regulatory costs rival the level of pre-tax corporate profits, which were $2.235 trillion in 2013.  US households “pay” $14,976 annually in hidden regulatory tax ($1.882 trillion in regulation 125.67 million “consumer units”), “equivalent” to 23% of average income before taxes.  If US regulatory costs of $1.88 trillion were a “country”, it would be the world’s tenth largest economy, between India and the Russian Federation.  Hey, V V – thanks!  Happy Monday, Dude *:)) laughing!

*  EPA has a public hearing scheduled to take comments on the “Repeal of Carbon Pollution Emission Guidelines for Existing Stationary Sources: Electric Utility Generating Units,” a.k.a., ending the Clean Power Plan.  Okay, public hearings aren’t anything new, but this meeting won’t be held in boring ol’ Washington DC or Arlington or Alexandria with the usual bunch of over-paid suits milling around checking their phones.  No sir, this meeting will be held in wild wonderful West Virginia, right in the heart of coal country.  Wow, passion and policy wonks in the same room at the same time.  Should be fun.


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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.

ARTBA 2018 U.S. Transportation Construction Market Forecast Webinar Nov. 30

ARTBA 2018 U.S. Transportation Construction Market Forecast Webinar Nov. 30

Briefing is for Analysts & Investors, Public Officials and Construction Executives

(WASHINGTON) – American Road & Transportation Builder Association (ARTBA) Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black will provide her 2018 national transportation construction market forecast during a 75-minute webinar on Nov. 30 at 12 p.m. Eastern.

The association’s top lobbyist, Senior Vice President of Government Relations Dave Bauer, will also discuss the timing and potential impacts of key transportation policy initiatives pending in Congress.

Among the major topics to be covered:

  • National market forecast and sta6te transportation funding trends;
  • Modal forecast: highway, bridge, airport runway, transit, freight, rail, and ports/waterway markets;
  • Ongoing implementation of the 2015 FAST Act surface transportation law;
  • Market impacts of nearly 200 Nov. 7 state and local transportation ballot initiatives;
  • State and local transportation funding trends; and
  • Legislative Update: status of a Highway Trust Fund fix, Trump Administration infrastructure plan and tax reform.

The webinar is aimed at analysts and investors, transportation design and construction professionals, and public agency officials. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

Registration via the ARTBA store is $325, or $150 for public agency officials.

Members of the media wishing to participate in the webinar should contact ARTBA’s Eileen Houlihan at ehoulihan@artba.org or 202.683.1019.

All paid participants will receive a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation and Q&A session, as well as the 2018 National U.S. Transportation Construction Market Forecast, a $200 value.

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA is the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, the White House, federal agencies, news media and the general public.

New DEWALT® 20V MAX* 1/2″ Mid-Range Impact Wrench

DEWALT announces two new 20V MAX* 1/2″ Mid-Range Impact Wrenches (DCF894 and DCF894H). They are available in detent pin style for users who need maximum socket retention and hog ring style, for users who value quickly being able to change sockets. Each tool is ideal for use overhead or when space is constrained in applications that require high torque including plumbing, mechanical, concrete and masonry, automotive, steel erection, and elevator repair.

At 3.48 lbs. (tool only) and 6.95″ to the front of the anvil, the 20V MAX* 1/2″ Mid-Range Impact Wrenches are compact yet deliver high-power and torque. Each tool achieves 330 ft.-lbs. of maximum torque, 0-3,100 impacts per minute, and no-load speeds from 0-900 and 0-2,000 RPM in two mode settings (low and high) designed for use in a wide variety of applications. These applications include threaded couplings, pipe flanges, wheel lugs, and concrete anchor setting, among others.

The 20V MAX* 1/2″ Mid-Range Impact Wrenches also features Precision Wrench™ Control which helps sense when a bolt is getting tight and pauses before impacting to help avoid over-torque. In reverse, Precision Wrench™ Control regulates how quickly a nut or bolt is removed, helping to prevent run-off. With an efficient brushless motor that provides increased efficiency and runtime over brushed units, the tool is a powerful cordless option. In addition, the Mid-Range Impact Wrench includes a variable speed trigger and LED light to help provide visibility in low light situations.

Quick performance stats are listed below.

–          3.48 lbs. (tool only) and 6.95″ long

–          330 ft.-lbs. of maximum torque

–          0-3,100 impacts per minute

–          No-load speeds from 0-900 and 0-2,000 RPM (low and high speeds)

Available where DEWALT products are sold in December 2017, the 20V MAX* 1/2″ Mid-Range Impact Wrench will come standard with a three-year limited warranty, one-year free service contract and 90-day money-back guarantee.

20V MAX* 1/2″ Mid-Range Impact Wrench

With respect to 20V MAX* – Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.