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AEM Hails USMCA Agreement

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater issued the following statement today hailing a deal struck between House Democrats and the Trump Administration to move the USMCA closer to ratification: 

Dennis Slater, AEM President

“This is good news for equipment manufacturers, the 1.3 million men and women of our industry, and the entire U.S. economy,” said Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). “We’re another step closer to getting the USMCA ratified. Getting this across the finish line will preserve duty-free market access to our most important trade partners, add more than $68 billion to the U.S. economy, and create 176,000 U.S. jobs. We applaud the work done by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal (D-Mass.), U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, and everyone involved in these negotiations. We look forward to Congress ratifying the agreement and President Trump signing it into law.” 

Since the creation of NAFTA two decades ago, equipment manufacturers have benefited greatly from duty-free market access to our industry’s two largest export markets, Canada and Mexico. Equipment manufacturers support 1.3 million jobs in the U.S. and 149,000 in Canada. The industry also contributes $188 billion to the U.S. and Canadian economies.

Over the past two years, AEM has called on both the Trump Administration and Congress to deliver an updated North American trade agreement for the 21st century. USMCA fulfills many of our industry’s goals and strengthens North American equipment manufacturing. Efforts include co-hosting the Honorable Mike Pence, Vice President of the United States, at an equipment manufacturing facility earlier this year in support of the agreement, sending a letter in support of the USMCA to Chairman Neal (D-Mass.) and the nine members of the House Democrats’ Trade Working Group, and running an ongoing public education campaign on the various benefits of a ratified USMCA. AEM is also a member of the USMCA Coalition.

AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry supports 1.3 million jobs in the U.S. Equipment manufacturers also contribute $159 billion to the U.S. economy. AEM is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019.
Visit www.aem.org/advocacy for more information.   

Rental Hall of Fame inductees announced

Two industry veterans will become the newest inductees into the Rental Hall of Fame. Charles Neffle and Thomas Fouts will be formally inducted on Feb. 9, 2020, at The ARA Show in Orlando, Fla.

Each year, the American Rental Association (ARA) honors individuals who have made a significant impact on the equipment and event rental industry at the national or international level. Charles Neffle and Thomas Fouts will be formally inducted during a ceremony on Feb. 9, 2020, at The ARA Show™ in Orlando, Fla.

ARA created the Rental Hall of Fame in 2000 to foster an appreciation of the historical development of the equipment and event rental industry and the leaders who helped the industry grow and expand. Each year, nominations are accepted to recognize individuals who have made a substantial contribution to the industry.

Here is more information on the newest inductees:

Charles Neffle, All Occasions Event Rental, Cincinnati, Ohio

Charles Neffle’s active service to ARA began in 1995 when he served on the Advertising and Marketing Committee. In the coming years, there was no committee that he wasn’t part of. He moved on to serve on the ARA board, ultimately serving as ARA president in 2001-2002. During his tenure on the board, he was instrumental in the development of the Certified Event Rental Professional (CERP) program, assisting in the selection of ARA’s third CEO and the development of a strategic plan for the association.

After serving as president, Neffle went on to chair the ARAPAC Council from 2004-2006, serve on the ARA Insurance Limited board from 2007-2009 and chair the ARA Foundation board of trustees in 2009-2010.

Neffle was honored with the Meritorious Service Award in 1996 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2004. He was recognized with the ARA Foundation Loyal Donor Recognition Award in 2005 and the ARA Foundation James Keenan Award in 2007.

Today, Neffle serves as chair of All Occasions Event Rental. The company recently celebrated its 40th anniversary.

Thomas Fouts, Bledsoe Rentals, Lees Summit, Missouri
Tom Fouts began working in rental in 1970 and attended his first ARA convention in 1973 where he decided to make the rental industry his career.

Fouts has been dedicated to promoting the equipment and event rental industry and ARA on local, state and national levels throughout his 49-year career in the industry. He was an officer on the ARA board for five years and has served on more than 20 local and national committees and boards. 

During his tenure on the Education Committee, he helped develop education, safety and management training systems and the “Making It Work” video training series. These paved the way for many Rental U courses in the areas of rental store management and day-to-day operations. He also helped develop the RenTech educational programs during a three-year term as chair of the General Tool Shared Interest Group. 

In 2002, Fouts presented “Operation ID,” which he structured to create “Intentional Development” of leadership for local and state associations. The program was presented at multiple ARA Leadership Conferences for local and state associations to recognize strengths and weaknesses, identify individuals with leadership potential and develop processes to support stronger associations. 

Following his service on the ARA Board, Fouts served on the Rental Management Advisory Board and also served on and co-chaired the ARA Insurance Services Captive Board. Fouts has attended ARA’s National Legislative Caucus more than 20 times. On the local level, he worked to eliminate personal property tax on rental equipment and was successful obtaining stronger theft of services legislation. 

Today, Fouts serves as chair of Bledsoe Rentals and as the coordinator of the ARA Past Presidents group. 

About ARA: (www.ARArental.orgThe American Rental Association, Moline, Ill., is an international trade association for owners of equipment and event rental businesses and the manufacturers and suppliers of construction/industrial, general tool and party/event rental equipment. ARA members, which include more than 11,000 rental businesses and more than 1,000 manufacturers and suppliers, are located in every U.S. state, every Canadian province and more than 30 countries worldwide. Founded in 1955, ARA is the source for information, advocacy, education, networking and marketplace opportunities for the equipment and event rental industry throughout the world.

Independent Equipment Dealers Association Names New President and Four to Board of Directors


The Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA) welcomes incoming President Kevin Fox with Dewitt Equipment Co, in Barrie, ON, and new Board Members Luke Brenner with Heavy Equipment Co. in Austin, TX, Kenneth Tysinger with May Heavy Equipment in Lexington, NC and Chris Lohman with South Mountain Tractor in Tempe, AZ, as well as Treasurer, Kristin Waldie, BBA with CapStone Accounting in Minesing, ON.

IEDA’s new president and board members were announced during the Association’s Annual Meeting and Vendor Expo in Orlando, Fla., this past February. Members of the IEDA Board of Directors serve a maximum of two consecutive years and are responsible for establishing industry best practices and quality used equipment standards.

Chris Lohman

Ken Tysinger

Kevin Fox

Kristin Waldie

Luke Brenner

Outgoing Board Members include David Williams from International Construction Equipment (ICE), Lakewood Ranch, Fla., Tanna Trout from Trout Machinery, Inc., Casper, WY, Rick Trout from Trout Machinery, Inc., Casper, WY, Burt Cunningham from Global Tractor Company, Colleyville, TX. and Maurice Matson with Matson Machinery Company, Scott Depot, WV. During the Annual Meeting, all four retiring Board Members were presented with the IEDA Leadership Award, which is given to outgoing Board Members annually for their contribution to the organization.

For more information about the IEDA and its members, please visit www.iedagroup.com or contact IEDA Executive Director Kristen Williams at Kristen@iedagroup.com.

About the Independent Equipment Dealers Association (IEDA)

Established in 2002, the Independent Equipment Dealers Association is a self-regulating body of independent dealers who pride themselves on being reputable, highly qualified professionals in the used equipment market worldwide. Standard Members buy and sell equipment on a wholesale and retail level via the IEDA. Associate Members offer products and/or services to the core group. All members must apply for membership and be approved by the Board of Directors.