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AEM: Photos Tell the Stories of Equipment Manufacturing Workers

Photos were taken by documentary photographer Brad Romano were unveiled today by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). More than 150 photos were collected as part of an ongoing effort to help tell the story of the 1.3 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry. The photos were taken in April of this year at AGCO Corporation (Jackson, MN), Komatsu (Peoria, IL), Superior Industries (Morris, MN), Vermeer Corporation (Pella, IA), Weiler (Knoxville, IA), and Woods Equipment (Oregon, IL).
The first batch of photos, two dozen in total, are featured on I Make America’s website (AEM’s national grassroots campaign) and on I Make America’s new Instagram account. I Make America is made up of 50,000 supporters from across the country who advocate for policies that support manufacturing jobs and help America’s equipment manufacturers compete globally.
“A picture is worth a thousand words, and these photos will help tell the stories of the 1.3 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM’s vice president of government and industry relations. “Lawmakers in Washington, D.C. make decisions that impact our industry, our jobs, and our communities, and we want them to better understand what our industry looks like and get to know some of the men and women who make America.”
AGCO Corporation
“AGCO was proud to take part in this project by featuring the women and men at our Jackson, Minn. manufacturing facility. Our employees make a significant contribution to the U.S. economy, so its important policymakers know the decisions they make impacts American manufacturing workers like ours. That’s why telling their story is so important and we feel these photos help do that. AGCO was proud to participate.” – Robert Crain, Senior Vice President, and General Manager Americas, AGCO Corporation
Chase Vaske, AGCO Corporation, all suited up in preparation to enter the machinery painting booth at AGCO’s Jackson, Minn. Manufacturing facility.
Komatsu
“The industries we equip are essential to modern life. Employees at our 28 North American manufacturing facilities are essential contributors to vital economies, producing high-quality equipment that allows our customers to drive society forward. From towns across the United States, our teams bring to life the Komatsu commitment to safety, quality, and reliability. We are honored our teams’ hard work is highlighted in this important photo series from AEM, and grateful for the generations of Komatsu employees who have contributed to our rich history.” – Michael Gidaspow, director of sales and marketing for Komatsu’s North America Central Region
A Komatsu employee at the company’s Peoria Manufacturing Operation in Illinois inspects the quality of work on an electric dump truck component. Komatsu has 28 manufacturing facilities across the United States that produce equipment to support the global construction, mining, forklift, and forestry industries.
Superior Industries
“Generally, most of Superior’s manufacturing facilities are located in small-town America. It’s here where we find loyal employees looking for hard work and lots of opportunities. We’re grateful to AEM for showcasing our humble, rural colleagues. Together, they’re building equipment that strengthens our infrastructure and powers American development.” – Corey Poppe, Communications Manager, Superior Industries
Scott is a pulley welder at Superior’s conveyor components production facility in Morris, Minnesota. Pulleys are an integral component in the manufacturer’s conveyors that are used in the aggregate production process.
Vermeer Corporation
“Our Vermeer team designs, builds and supports equipment that is making an incredible impact. The work of our team here in Pella, Iowa and around the world helps feed and fuel communities, connect people to the necessities of life and manage natural resources. We hope that sharing images of the work of this team helps show the importance of equipment manufacturing to the economy both in the U.S. and globally.” – Jason Andringa, President and CEO, Vermeer
Assemblers on the Vermeer baler line work together to build one of the most iconic pieces of Vermeer equipment, the round baler.
Weiler
“Telling the story of our workers through this photographer’s camera enables us to show policymakers who is most impacted by the decisions they make every day. Weiler depends on skilled workers like the ones featured in these photos to design, engineer and manufacture asphalt paving products in Knoxville, Iowa. They are the reason Weiler is able to produce the equipment needed to build infrastructure through contractors in all fifty states and around the world.” – Megan Weiler Green, Counsel, Weiler
Zach Clark is an Assembler with Weiler. He is installing hydraulic lines to the hydraulic pump of a Weiler road widener.
Woods Equipment
“Our employees are proud of the products we manufacture and even prouder to be building them here in the USA — in the same spot the Woods brothers founded our company in 1946. We have many, many Team Members whose parents, aunts, uncles, and even grandparents worked here. They want to continue the legacy and keep these high-quality jobs in Oregon, Illinois, for their children and grandchildren. That’s why we’re strong supporters of I Make America and do all we can to help AEM tell the story of American workers.” – Angela Kay Larson, Vice President, Marketing, Woods Equipment, a division of Blount International
Jason Grenoble, Batwing® Assembler. Jason Grenoble completes the assembly of a Batwing® rotary cutter
To encourage investment, job growth, and development and production of more equipment in the United States, AEM advocates on behalf of its more than 1,000 members to urge elected officials to champion policies that creates a globally competitive business environment, rebuilds our nation’s infrastructure, opens foreign markets for equipment manufactures in the United States, and keeps the U.S. agricultural economy strong. The association’s membership represents companies with over 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, mining, forestry, and utility industries. This year, AEM is celebrating its 125th anniversary.
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About AEM
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., and 149,000 more in Canada. Equipment manufacturers also contribute $188 billion combined to the U.S. and Canadian economies. AEM is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2019.
For more information on AEM’s advocacy leadership, please visit www.aem.org/advocacy.
About I Make America
I Make America is the grassroots campaign of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers
(AEM), which advocates for policies that support manufacturing jobs and help America’s
equipment manufacturers compete globally. For more information about I Make America, please visit www.imakeamerica.org.

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.

Association of Equipment Manufacturers today relaunched IMakeAmerica.com

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers today relaunched IMakeAmerica.com to serve as its grassroots advocacy platform during the 115th Congress and the Trump administration.

The new IMakeAmerica.com will continue to serve manufacturing voters by giving them a platform to take action on the issues that affect their jobs, communities and industry. It features information about the equipment manufacturing industry’s economic impact on the national economy and the economies of all 50 states, and it provides new tools for supporters to connect with elected officials as well as resources to help AEM’s members engage and mobilize their employees around issues that affect their industry.

“We are excited to bring the latest version of IMakeAmerica.com to our more than 40,000 grassroots supporters and 950 AEM member companies,” said Kip Eideberg, Vice President of Public Affairs & Advocacy. “This new advocacy platform will provide a one-stop-shop for our members and their employees to connect with their elected officials and help us advance policies that strengthen and grow our industry.”

I Make America is the grassroots advocacy program of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), the national trade association representing the $159 billion equipment manufacturing industry. The program is entering its seventh year of connecting equipment manufacturers with elected officials through factory visits, advocacy events on Capitol Hill and grassroots outreach and mobilization.

In tandem with the launch of the redeveloped grassroots advocacy platform, AEM also unveiled a new digital advertising campaign urging President Trump to make good on his campaign promise to invest in infrastructure. AEM will roll out display and video advertising campaigns in the Washington, D.C. area in the coming weeks encouraging the Trump administration to “start with infrastructure.”

The ads will run on D.C. news websites over the next several weeks.

InQuest Marketing Supports I Make America

One of the elements that makes InQuest Marketing unique is our willingness to be a true partner with our clients. We go the extra mile to understand their priorities, goals, and what is important to their business. When we can, we get involved on the next level to help the grander cause along the way. I Make America is one of those causes.

I Make America (www.imakeamerica.com) is dedicated to furthering the interests of our member manufacturing companies by advocating for policies that strengthen our industrial and economic viability. I Make America is supported by AEM member companies and their employees, like-minded associations, American business owners, U.S. citizens and local elected official across the nation.

We are proud to support this initiative and lend our creativity to this cause. Join us to help make a difference in our transportation system’s future – in our future. Share this video with your U.S. Representatives to add your support to this cause.

Terex Donates Conexpo-Con/Agg I Make America Artwork To The Association Of Equipment Manufacturers

Finished Terex FingerSmear Artwork 2er

Millions of Americans work hard every day to build the equipment, roads, bridges, public transport systems and port facilities that fuel America’s powerful economic engine. During the five days of CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014 in Las Vegas, Nev., more than 1,300 of those same people visited the Terex exhibit in the show’s gold lot to contribute to the manufacturer’s I Make America artwork.

Ron DeFeo & Dennis Slater at CanvasTerex team members and show attendees alike dipped their fingers into paint and left their mark, as well as their signature, on a canvas that included an outline of the United States, famous infrastructure landmarks, the equipment that helps to build America’s infrastructure and the I Make America logo. After the show, FingerSmear™ Artist, Kelly Sullivan, put the finishing touches to the masterpiece, and Terex donated it to Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) representatives.

“Terex is among the top supporters of AEM’s I Make America campaign, and for many years we have championed the critical need for more investment in America’s infrastructure,” says Ron DeFeo, Chairman and CEO of Terex Corporation. “What better metaphor to show how vital everyone’s role is in building America’s infrastructure than to create a work of art that includes the imprint of more than a thousand participants. We are proud to donate this to AEM and the I Make America campaign.”

Commenting on the generous donation by Terex, Dennis Slater, president of AEM, said, “This original Kelly Sullivan FingerSmear painting, sponsored by Terex in their exhibit at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, is a creative way to help educate the industry and the public about the mission of I Make America. Our goal through I Make America is to engage AEM member companies, their employees and individuals who care about the manufacturing industry and the campaign’s positive impact on jobs and the economy in the U.S. We greatly appreciate Terex for going above and beyond to promote and support that mission.”

AEM intends to use the donated artwork to drive interest and encourage others to support pro-manufacturing causes. The painting will be on display at many venues in the weeks and months to come. Both AEM and Terex are currently finalizing a plan to enable as many people as possible to see the artwork, helping carry its message to a broad audience of industry influencers.

About Terex

Terex Corporation is a global manufacturer of a diverse range of equipment designed to deliver reliable, customer-focused solutions for many applications, including those for the construction, infrastructure, extraction, mining, shipping, transportation, refining, public service and industrial segments.  Terex has five business divisions: Aerial Work Platforms; Construction; Cranes; Material Handling & Port Solutions, and Materials Processing. Terex offers financial products and services to assist in equipment acquisition through Terex Financial Services.  For more information, go to: www.terex.com.

 

About I Make America – www.imakeamerica.com
I Make America is supported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and its more than 900 member companies and employees. We are joined by the memberships of like-minded associations, American business owners, and citizens and elected officials across the nation. To learn more about I Make America, visit us at www.IMakeAmerica.com. Keep up to date on the latest I Make America campaign news on Twitter @IMakeAmerica and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/IMakeAmerica.