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Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. to Host I Make America Nationwide Harley Tour

KPI-JCIKolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens) will host a stop on the I Make America Harley Tour, a national campaign designed to promote pro-manufacturing policies to create more jobs in the U.S. and keep the economy competitive with other countries.

HarleyThe I Make America Harley Tour, sponsored by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), is taking a custom-painted Harley Davidson on the open road in a uniquely-designed truck with glass sides. It will stop at Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. (KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens), located at 700 W. 21st St. in Yankton, on June 9, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. A short program will be offered to employees and local officials at 10:30 a.m.

“We strongly believe in AEM’s efforts to keep the focus on growing American manufacturing jobs, building America’s infrastructure and getting the economy back on track. As an industry leader, we feel that it is our duty to help lead the way toward greater investment in our transportation system,” said Jeff May, president of Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc., KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens’ South Dakota manufacturing facility.

“Better roads and better bridges mean more business and more jobs for all Americans. This is a crucial time for Americans to push for a transportation bill, and it is critical that we unite with others in our industry and make it clear that a multi-year, federal highway bill is absolutely vital in continuing America’s prosperity. We will continue to work with AEM and all of our industry partners to keep the focus on these critical issues that affect manufacturers in very real ways.

“I Make America was created to be a force for positive change in the equipment manufacturing industry,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “Economic conditions in America remain a challenge and we need our government to partner with us to advance pro-manufacturing policies that address those challenges. I Make America is our platform to spread awareness and maximize our voice in Washington, D.C.”

According to AEM, about one in six private sector jobs in the U.S. depend on the manufacturing base. Congress can help to create business conditions that will grow the economy and U.S. manufacturing jobs by encouraging infrastructure investment and increasing American exports for our economy to keep pace with other countries.

Everyone who signs up with I Make America through Oct. 3 has a chance to win the 2014 Harley-Davidson Road King, featuring a custom I Make America paint job.  You do not need to be at the event to enter. Simply visit www.IMakeAmerica.com for a chance to win the Harley and become an I Make America supporter.

For more information about KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, visit www.kpijci.com

AEM Announces Winners of Inaugural Pillar of the Industry Awards

Four Companies Recognized for Active Support of I Make America Pro-Manufacturing Campaign

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the I Make America (IMA) campaign announce the recipients of the first annual Pillar of the Industry award: Angus-Palm, Caterpillar Inc., International Construction Equipment and Stone Construction Equipment. The four companies were recognized for their outstanding contributions to the people and communities of the equipment manufacturing industry through their extensive I Make America campaign activities. They received the awards last week at the AEM Annual Conference in Aventura, Florida.

I Make America is a grassroots campaign that was launched one year ago to dramatically improve American manufacturing policies to create more jobs in the U.S. and keep our economy competitive with other countries. The campaign has enlisted the support of more than 14,000 people nationwide, AEM’s 850+ member companies, and industry organizations.

“I Make America’s first year has been a great success thanks to the outstanding support of our AEM member companies. Four of these companies raised the bar of public affairs advocacy and we commend their efforts through these Pillar of the Industry awards,” said Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). “As members of AEM, they exemplify the commitment we need from all manufacturers around the country to send the message to Congress and the White House that our economy is in urgent need of a new manufacturing policy that will create jobs.”

The Pillar of the Industry award recipients achieved gold-level status for their participation in the I Make America campaign, including significant employee involvement; outreach to their state, local and federal legislators; and engaging with their communities through social media and traditional media channels.

Find out more about Angus-Palm, Caterpillar, International Construction Equipment and Stone Construction Equipment’s IMA campaign activities and view their Day in America Life videos here.

About I Make America – www.imakeamerica.com
I Make America is supported by the Association of Equipment M

anufacturers (AEM) and its 850+ member companies. We are joined by the memberships of like-minded associations, American business owners, and citizens and local elected officials across the nation. To learn more about I Make America, visit us at www.IMakeAmerica.com. View short videos of employees and small business owners around the country telling the real life stories of how manufacturing affects the national economy at www.ADayinAmericanLife.com. Keep up to date on the latest I Make America campaign news on Twitter @IMakeAmerica and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/IMakeAmerica.

I Make America Announces Winners of Picture a Better America Photo Contest in Washington, D.C.

Photos Make Visual Case to Congress for Urgently Needed Infrastructure Investment in the U.S.

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the I Make America campaign announced the four winners of the Picture a Better America Photo Contest honored during a congressional reception held last night in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill. Eric Draper, contest guest judge and former official White House photographer for President George W. Bush, chose the four winning images among hundreds of submissions and presented the winners with the $250 prize during the reception.

Joined by Representatives Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3), Tom Petri (R-WI-6), Lynn A. Westmoreland (R-GA-3), and AEM president Dennis Slater, the category winners are:

One Bumpy Ride: Julia Hoskins of Dexter, Oregon, for her photo of the poor condition of Pi’ilani Highway (also known as Highway 31) in the state of Hawaii. Julia is an employee of the Eugene Water and Electric Board. To view her photo, click here.

When We Work, Things Work: Nicholas Klisch of Rapid City, South Dakota, for his photo of road work on Highway 244 right in front of Mt. Rushmore National Monument. Nicholas is an employee of the South Dakota Department of Transportation. To view his photo, click here.

Our Many Faces: Christine Perkins of Manitowoc, Wisconsin, for submitting a photo of her coworker, Deb O’Leary, who has worked at The Manitowoc Company (a crane and ice machine manufacturer) for more than 20 years. Christine is an employee of The Manitowoc Company. To view the photo, click here.

America Grows Here: Macie Perry of Moreland, Georgia, for her photo of an “Old Storehouse” located in Moreland. Macie is a college student at Truett-McConnell College. To view her photo, click here.

To view photos of the congressional reception, click here and to view all of the contest photo submissions, visit www.imakeamerica.com/photocontest.

“We congratulate the winners of the Picture a Better America Photo Contest and thank the hundreds from around the country who participated and helped us to make the case that infrastructure investment and a world-class transportation infrastructure system are critical to our economy’s ability to create and sustain globally competitive, high-productivity, good-paying jobs,’ said Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers. “As we celebrated the winners, Congress and the White House continued to delay on passage of a well-funded multiyear highway bill. What’s needed is a sense of urgency from political leaders in D.C. to repair and modernize our transportation infrastructure.”

The Picture a Better America Photo Contest showcased the hard-working men and women who make America. The contest aimed to greatly amplify the voices of I Make America’s grassroots supporters and others who are committed to demonstrating the real cost of congressional inaction on infrastructure investment and pushing for passage of a well-funded multi-year highway bill by September 30th of this year.

“All of the photo submissions presented a unique perspective on how real Americans view their contributions to making and rebuilding America, but the four winning images truly demonstrated an eye for composition, aesthetic, and message,” said Eric Draper, photo contest judge.

To learn more about I Make America, visit us at www.IMakeAmerica.com. View short videos of employees and small business owners around the country telling the real life stories of how manufacturing impacts the national economy at www.ADayinAmericanLife.com.

Keep up-to-date on the latest I Make America campaign news on Twitter @IMakeAmerica and on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/IMakeAmerica.