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AEM Applauds Legislation to Strengthen Manufacturing in AmericaAEM Applauds Legislation to Strengthen Manufacturing in America

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) president Dennis Slater today issued the following statement supporting introduction of legislation to strengthen manufacturing by U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan:

“The Association of Equipment Manufacturers commends the introduction of the National Institute of Manufacturing Act to strengthen the manufacturing sector and ensure the future competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing in the global economy,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM. “Equipment manufacturers represent twelve percent of the entire U.S. manufacturing sector and supports 2.8 million family-sustaining jobs across the country. We need a comprehensive, coordinated, and competent national effort in support of the manufacturing sector and its workforce. This legislation will reduce redundancies and improve efficiencies across existing federal manufacturing programs and ensure that the federal government is better positioned to respond to rapid changes in the global manufacturing landscape. Senator Gary Peters knows firsthand the challenges and opportunities facing equipment manufacturers, and he has been a steadfast advocate for the industry in the United State Senate. We applaud the Senator for his vision and leadership to ensure the federal government is better positioned to support the industry and urge all Democrat and Republican Senators to support this important legislation.”

“With a long and rich history of manufacturing hundreds of world class products in Winn, Michigan, we know first-hand the critical role that manufacturing plays as the engine that drives the economy by creating jobs, opportunity, and prosperity for Americans,” said John Foote, senior vice president at Morbark. “This has been especially true in our rural central Michigan area. We also recognize the need for a more far-reaching and strategic approach to ensure that the manufacturing sector and its workforce receives the resources and leadership they need to continue to innovate and manufacture in Michigan and across the United States. We would like to thank Senator Gary Peters for his steadfast leadership to strengthen the sector and ensure the future competitiveness of U.S. manufacturing in the global economy. Senator Peters has personally met with us in the past, listened to our needs and responded proactively. We hope that his colleagues in the United States Senate will support his legislation and work in a bipartisan and collaborative fashion to make America the best country in the world to manufacture.”

AEM was the first trade association to call for a comprehensive national strategy for manufacturing “to develop and implement a comprehensive national strategy for manufacturing to strengthen the economy, create new jobs and opportunities, and ensure the U.S. is the best place in the world for equipment manufacturers to innovate, manufacture, and do business.” Currently, there are 58 manufacturing-related programs across nearly a dozen federal agencies, making it unnecessarily difficult and expensive to carry out missions and impossible to estimate total federal investment in manufacturing. AEM believes a coordinated national effort would significantly increase efficiencies and collaboration across existing federal manufacturing programs, reduce wasteful spending and improve the ability and accountability of the federal government to respond to rapid changes in the global manufacturing landscape.

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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 in the United States supports 2.8 million jobs and contributes roughly $288 billion to the economy every year.

AEM: As COVID-19 Drags On, Equipment Manufacturers Continue to Face Significant Challenges

Executives say federal government has not done enough to support the industry

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a toll on an industry that represents 12 percent of the U.S. manufacturing sector, according to a new survey released today by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). While equipment manufacturers are adjusting to the changing economic conditions, three quarters of U.S. equipment manufacturers say that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the overall economy is still very negative. In addition, six out of 10 executives say that the federal government has not done enough to support the industry as it continues to face decreased demand and disrupted supply chains.

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to negatively impact equipment manufacturers and the 2.8 million men and women of our industry,” said Dennis Slater, president of AEM. “We have seen some improvements to the operations and financial outlook for our member companies, but the industry still faces a long road back to normal. Even as our industry continues to help build, feed, and power our country, far too many of our member companies are running out of time.”

As the country navigates the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and distributors have largely remained open and continued to supply the equipment necessary to keep the country moving forward and help lead the recovery and renewal of the American economy. However, many equipment manufacturers are still struggling to keep workers on the job, with eight out of ten executives indicating that they will not be able to re-hire workers laid off earlier in the year.  

The second survey of presidents, CEOs, and owners of leading equipment manufacturers comes as more states are opening back up for business, and congressional leaders negotiate a fifth stimulus package. Slater continued, “While it is very encouraging that equipment manufacturers are adjusting to the new normal and re-opening all of their facilities, the impact of this unprecedented crisis is far from over and will be felt for a very long time. Equipment manufacturers have not received the support they need from the federal government, and it is therefore imperative that they take immediate and aggressive steps to support our industry.”

The survey was in the field from May 28 to June 15, 2020. The 102 respondents weighed in on the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, the industry, their companies, supply chain and manufacturing operations, their financial expectations, as well as the challenges they continue to face and specific ways the federal government can keep equipment manufacturing strong and ensure the nation’s economic resilience.

The survey’s key findings include:

  • Three quarters of respondents said that the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the overall economy is still very negative, while just under half said that the impact on the industry is equally bad. 
  • One-third of respondents said they plan to lower their financial outlook by up to 30 percent over the next 30 days, while another one in eight respondents indicated they expect to reduce their outlook for the rest of the year by up to 30 percent.
  • Executives said that employee health and well-being, lack of new orders, and continued supply chain challenges are the three biggest issues they face as they re-open their facilities. 
  • The COVID-19 pandemic is taking its toll on the industry’s workforce. More than one-third of respondents said they have furloughed up to half of their employees, while roughly one in five of respondents indicated that they have laid off as many as 10 percent of their workforce. 
  • The road to recovery is lined with warning signs. For equipment manufacturers who have furloughed workers, nearly a third said they would not bring anyone back to work. For those who laid off workers, eight out of ten said they will not rehire them based on current market conditions and challenges.
  • More than eight out of 10 respondents said they would like to see a significant investment in infrastructure to help keep equipment manufacturers in business during the crisis and set the stage for the economic recovery.
  • Looking ahead, a clear majority of respondents said that the equipment manufacturing sector is not getting the support it needs from the federal government as it continues to navigate the various challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The detailed findings are available in a memo prepared by AEM’s Market Intelligence Team.

AEM continues to lead the industry’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and is working closely with state and federal officials to help contain the spread of COVID-19, keep equipment manufacturing in America strong, and ensure the nation’s economic resilience. AEM has also called for bold action from Congress and federal agencies, including continued federal designation deeming equipment manufacturers and their employees, suppliers, and distributors as “essential” and additional support to ensure small and medium-sized equipment manufacturers have access to the cash they need to keep operations going. 

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 in the United States supports 2.8 million jobs and contributes roughly $288 billion to the economy every year.

Jumpstarting the COVID-19 Recovery: Equipment Manufacturers and Infrastructure Play Key Roles

By Kate Fox Wood, AEM Senior Director, Government Relations

 Equipment manufacturers, now more than ever, are doubling down on efforts to communicate to lawmakers about the important role federal infrastructure investment should play as part of our national economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.

Kate Fox Wood

At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, AEM sent a letter to President Trump and Congressional leadership urging them to include infrastructure investment in a government relief package. AEM supported an effort to provide additional emergency funds for state departments of transportation facing severe revenue shortfalls. AEM Chair Jeffrey Reed and CE Sector Board Chairman Rod Schrader wrote directly to U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao about the importance of her leadership in ensuring Congress follows through with infrastructure investment this year. AEM played a key role in the release of a national rural roads report issued by TRIP that has been shared widely with policymakers.

For more information and resources on COVID-19, visit the COVID-19 section on the AEM website

During dozens of calls with lawmakers in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives, equipment manufacturers have reiterated their commitment to keep facilities open while keeping their employees safe, and acknowledged the important role they play in supporting the nation’s critical essential infrastructure workforce like construction, utilities, and agriculture.

Equipment manufacturers also continue to make a strong case for why infrastructure investment should be a key part of any COVID-19 economic recovery plan. There is a proven track record for predictable, long-term infrastructure investment in providing jobs and boosting economic activity.

Infrastructure investment ensures critical supply chain needs can continue to be met now and in future. We cannot assume that supply chain disruptions will not develop further down the recovery timeline. Our country must be ready to weather unforeseen headwinds. U.S. roads, highways, bridges, ports, waterways, utility systems, and broadband networks must be primed and ready to adapt. We need infrastructure legislation that is bipartisan. We need infrastructure legislation that includes a plan to train a workforce that maintains and operates these important networks. We need infrastructure legislation that embraces the use of smart technology. And we need infrastructure legislation that is fully funded and long-term.

As policymakers chart a path forward during these uncertain times in our nation’s history, one thing is clear: meaningful investment in infrastructure is as important as ever. Equipment manufacturers look forward to advancing this goal, and continuing to support industries that build, feed, and fuel the world.

To learn more about AEM’s efforts to support the equipment manufacturing industry, visit the COVID-19 section on the AEM website. If you have questions or need to get a hold of AEM staff, please e-mail our Response Team at responseteam@aem.org.

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Mecalac at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020

Mecalac

9MWR Wheeled Excavator

9MWR Wheeled Excavator

Mecalac, relatively new in the USA, is an international manufacturer of compact construction equipment for urban sites. Known for its innovative, customer-focused technology, Mecalac has sales companies, distributors and customers in more than 80 countries. Versatile and multi-purpose equipment is available through five product lines, including: excavators, loaders, backhoe loaders, site dumpers and compaction rollers.

During CONEXPO, Mecalac’s demonstration models include the 9MWR wheeled excavator, the 6MCR crawler skid-excavator, the AS700 swing-loader and 6MDX dumper. Alexandre Marchetta, CEO for Mecalac said, “We organized the CONEXPO-CON/AGG demonstrations to prove the speed, stability, maneuverability, sustainability and overall productivity of Mecalac products using real-world scenarios operators often encounter on the jobsite. We’ve brought our game-changing equipment to the North American market because we believe it fills an unmet need. These demonstrations will give attendees a chance to witness our revolutionary solutions firsthand.”

During the CONEXPO demonstrations, attendees saw the outstanding stability, accessibility, and 360-degree compactness of the 9MWR. Like all models in the MWR series, the 9MWR offers operators optimum stability regardless of the rotation angle of the upper carriage. The series also features operator cabs that are 20 percent lower than comparable models and centered, integrated steps for ease of access. At just 90.9-inches-wide, the 9MWR is 2.5 times more compact than a traditional excavator. This, combined with four-wheel steering, allows enhanced turning mobility in narrow spaces. 

6MCR Crawler Skid-Excavator

Mecalac’s 6MCR demonstrated the productivity and efficiency possible from its MCR series. With speeds up to 6.2 mph, the 6MCR is up to two times faster than comparable compact excavators. It features the lineup’s hydrostatic transmission motor, allowing operators to move up to 26 cubic feet of material at 6.2 mph. The 6MCR’s 360-degree compactness is ideal for congested worksites, offering industry-leading stability with a smaller footprint to safely navigate the tightest spaces. 

AS700 Swing-Loader

Attendees saw the stability, mobility and space management offered by the AS700. All models in the AS Series, including the AS700, provide industry-leading stability in all positions and on all terrains. Innovative design allows operators to pivot the bucket up to 180 degrees without any loss of stability for greater flexibility and utilization in tight spaces. Three steering modes – two-wheel, four-wheel, and crab – allow contractors to simultaneously drive, operate and rotate for maximum mobility. In combination with the 180-degree swivel arm, this maneuverability provides a rotation footprint 20 percent smaller than conventional loaders for optimal space management.  

6MDX Dumper

Attendees saw Mecalac’s commitment to safety firsthand on the 6.6-ton payload 6MDX, which was part of the CONEXPO demonstrations. The MDX series has large cabins with excellent visibility and standard forward-facing ISO5006 compliant cameras. The 6MDX also features large steps, organized like a stairway, and full-length handrails to ensure safe access and egress.

Mecalac has built an international reputation for innovative design, producing user-friendly, more sustainable machines that address the safety, comfort and flexibility needs of operators on today’s urban jobsites. These qualities, and more, will be on display during the demonstrations.


Mecalac

THE MECALAC GROUP

Mecalac is known for its game-changing solutions for everyday jobsite challenges. With the user at the center of every design decision, Mecalac manufactures and distributes innovative, compact equipment that changes the way people work and sets new standards for product performance. 

Mecalac equipment is designed for enhanced safety and ease of use while maximizing efficiency and minimizing environmental impact. A frequent recipient of international innovation awards, Mecalac offers a wide range of excavators, wheel loaders, dumpers, backhoe loaders, rollers and other custom equipment.

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EXCAVATOR RANGE 

Four families, eleven products: wheel excavator loaders, wheel excavators, crawler skid-excavators and crawler excavators, electric wheel excavator loader 

LOADER RANGE

Four families, 16 products: wheel loaders, swing loaders, telescopic loaders and swing telescopic loaders

SITE DUMPER RANGE

Two categories, 19 products from one to 10 tons

BACKHOE LOADER RANGE

Two families, six products: backhoe-loaders center mount, backhoe-loaders sideshift

COMPACTION ROLLER RANGE

Two families, seven products: single drum rollers, tandem vibrating rollers

For more information visit https://www.mecalac.com/en/

This material appeared in the May 2020 issues of the ACP Magazines:

California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder

CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020

The Construction Industry Came Together in a Big Way at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & IFPE 2020The show demonstrated that the U.S. equipment industry remains optimistic despite concerns about COVID-19.

Every three years CONEXPO-CON/AGG brings contractors, dealers, distributors, service providers, engineers, producers and construction media together. No other show connects attendees from every major construction sector to experience the unveiling of new technologies and products, share knowledge, network with industry peers and buy equipment.

The weeks before the show were filled with phone calls, text messages and emails all asking the same question, “Are you going to CONEXPO?”

I went and was not alone, by any means. Registrations for the show totaled over 130,000. At the conclusion of the show, cancellations from international attendees totaled less than 1 percent. 

Exhibitors across the show, from the Festival Grounds to North Hall to Bronze Lot to South Hall, expressed enthusiasm for the tremendous engagement they received from contractors and producers looking to purchase equipment. 

“We refer to CONEXPO-CON/AGG as the ‘heavy metal’ show, but it’s more than that. It’s also small equipment, education and technology. And that was reflected in every way this week,” said Mary Erholtz, Vice President of Marketing at Superior Industries and CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2020 Show Chairperson. “Giant machines, incredible exhibits, fantastic education and huge expectations. Organizers of CONEXPO-CON/AGG have a legacy of building and innovating on previous shows, and the 2020 gathering extends that record of success.

“This has been one of the best editions of CONEXPO-CON/AGG – ever,” continued Erholtz.

Exhibitors across the show, from the Festival Grounds to North Hall to Bronze Lot to South Hall, expressed enthusiasm for the tremendous engagement they received from contractors and producers looking to purchase equipment. 

According to IFPE Show Chairperson David Price, Global Marketing Manager of HydraForce Inc., 

“The crowd was much better than expected under the circumstances and most importantly, the right buyers were on the show floor. We were very pleased with the strong showing from the 300-plus exhibitors at IFPE 2020, and we are looking forward to the 2023 show.”

Mike Ballweber, President, Doosan Bobcat echoed those sentiments, “Tuesday for us was record breaking in terms of leads and attendance at our booth, which is how we measure how successful the show is for us. We had more people to our booth on the first day than all of the 2017 show. This is a one-every-three-years show, and our dealers and customers were really excited to be here.” 

With growing concerns about COVID-19, show management worked closely with the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and the Southern Nevada Health District to make sure exhibitors, vendors and attendees were provided with heightened cleaning services and hand sanitizers to help reduce the spread of germs and enable show participation to stay healthy onsite at the show. 

“We have been pleased with the success of the overall show and attendance in our booth,” said Ingo Schiller, President and CEO of Tadano America Corporation. “The management team at CONEXPO-CON/AGG has been monitoring the situation and they made a very difficult decision to close the show a day early. We appreciate their leadership and we look forward to CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2023.” 

Key metrics reflect overall quality of CONEXPO-CON/AGG and IFPE 2020 attendees: 

At the same time, the technological change revolutionizing these industries was pervasive across the shows’ record 2.7 million-plus net square feet of exhibits featuring 2300-plus exhibitors from the leading U.S. and global manufacturers, from multinational giants to small firms with specialized products.

Other highlights included: 

  • Partnership with women in construction groups to highlight the growing role women play in the industry, including the unveiling of the world’s largest 3-D printed statute of a human to honor the growing role women play in the construction industry. 
  • Workforce solutions area in the Festival Lot that showcased industry recruitment best practices. 
  • The Tech Experience returned for a second year and focused on modern mobility, sustainability and smart cities. 
  • The first-ever Fluid Power Hour for the co-located IFPE show., which featured an opportunity for engineers to network with their peers on the show floor. 

This was my 12th CONEXPO as a construction magazine editor and have to say it was every bit as exciting as the first one, I attended at McCormick Place and the Chicago Arena. The thing about this show  is that is really does put on display the importance of the role construction plays in global civilization; without construction …

The next CONEXPO-CON/AGG will be held March 14-18, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information on CONEXPO-CON/AGG, visit https://www.conexpoconagg.com.

A version of this article appeared in the April 2020 issues of the ACP Magazines:

California Builder & Engineer, Construction, Construction Digest, Construction News, Constructioneer, Dixie Contractor, Michigan Contractor & Builder, Midwest Contractor, New England Construction, Pacific Builder & Engineer, Rocky Mountain Construction, Texas Contractor, Western Builder