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I Make America Supporter Mike Rowe Of Dirty Jobs Speaks To Congress About Importance Of U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

Mike Rowe Advocates for U.S. Manufacturing Competitiveness through Infrastructure Investment

Mike Rowe, host of the Discovery Channel’s TV program Dirty Jobs with Mike Rowe, yesterday testified

before the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee’s hearing on “Manufacturing Our Way to a Stronger Economy” in support of U.S. manufacturing jobs and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) I Make America campaign. In his testimony, Mr. Rowe described his experiences working with manufacturers and skilled laborers across America, his personal initiatives in support of jobs creation, and the importance of paved roads and reliable bridges.

In his written testimony, Mr. Rowe said, “I am ready, able, and eager to partner with the federal government to help reconnect our country to the importance of manufacturing and skilled labor.”

In addition, he demonstrated his support of the I Make America campaign stating he was proud to join forces with AEM “…for the launch of I Make America, a national grassroots campaign to promote U.S. manufacturing jobs through infrastructure investment and the passage of export agreements.”

For Mr. Rowe’s complete remarks and to view video of the hearing starting at minute :68 click here.

“We are fortunate and proud to partner with Mike on the I Make America campaign, and in his support of U.S. manufacturing policies that help create American jobs,” said AEM President Dennis Slater.

“AEM and I Make America commend Senators Rockefeller and Hutchison for holding this hearing and for their ongoing commitment to support policies that promote infrastructure investment and job creation in the manufacturing sector across the U.S.,” he added.

To learn more about I Make America, visit us at www.IMakeAmerica.com. Submit a photo to the newly launched Picture a Better America Photo Contest at www.IMakeAmerica.com/photocontest to win a $250 prize and to help drive home for your elected officials the reality of America’s crumbling infrastructure and showcase the hard-working men and women that make and grow America.

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.IMakeAmerica.com.

About I Make America – www.imakeamerica.com

I Make America is supported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (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.

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) – www.aem.org

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 850 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the capitals of Washington, D.C., Ottawa, Beijing and a European presence in Brussels.

“I Make America” Campaign Kicked Off by AEM and Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs”

National Grassroots Campaign Promotes U.S. Manufacturing Jobs –

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and Mike Rowe, creator and host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” joined forces today in Washington, D.C. for the launch of I Make America, a national grassroots campaign to promote U.S. manufacturing jobs through infrastructure investment and passage of export agreements.  Infrastructure investment and export agreements are proven ways to create and sustain jobs for U.S. workers.  (View a video of today’s event at www.IMakeAmerica.com/Launch.)

According to a recent poll conducted by Clarus Research, a majority of all voters (53 percent) said they think “worse” of the economic stimulus package when they find out that only 3 percent of its funding was dedicated to rebuilding highways, roads and bridges.  Yet, a strong majority – 66 percent – believes “Given current economic conditions, it’s a good time to build and repair America’s roads and bridges.”

“America’s infrastructure is the connective tissue that keeps society out of the ditch,” said Mike Rowe, an outspoken advocate of the trades, and founder of the site www.mikeroweWORKS.com. “Our roads, railways, runways, and the stuff we can’t always see, are falling apart around us. Fixing the infrastructure is a job that will have no end, but if we don’t get started, it’ll be the end of us.”

Since 2001, more than 4.7 million manufacturing jobs have been lost. I Make America is a resource for workers in the manufacturing industry, as well as the businesses that rely on them and the communities they support, to send a message to Congress that we need new manufacturing policies that will create badly needed jobs now.

The message of I Make America is that America needs a new manufacturing policy that creates jobs by doing two fundamental things:

  • Generate economic activity by rebuilding and modernizing America’s infrastructure – roads, bridges, sewer, clean water and flood control systems.
  • Help our farmers and manufacturers create more jobs in the U.S. by exporting their products to new markets around the world.

“We need to dramatically increase American manufacturing jobs so our economy can compete with other countries and our equipment manufacturers are able to prosper and grow right here in the United States,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “Until these things are done, America’s economy will suffer and our competitive position in the world will be threatened.”

The I Make America website www.IMakeAmerica.com highlights the disproportionate job losses in the equipment manufacturing sector and related industries and provides facts on benefits to American prosperity from supporting policies that protect and grow this industry.

Additionally, I Make America showcases short videos at http://www.ADayinAmericanLife.com from employees and small business owners around the country telling the real life stories of how manufacturing impacts the national economy.

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)www.aem.org 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 800 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the capitals of Washington, D.C., Ottawa, Beijing and a European presence in Brussels.

About Mike Rowewww.mikeroweWorks.com A partner with AEM member, U.S. equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, Rowe is an outspoken advocate of the trades and infrastructure in America, and his website provides information about America’s infrastructure, national and state resources as well as job listings. New episodes of Dirty Jobs will air this fall on Tuesdays beginning October 19.

Dirty Jobs’ Mike Rowe Partners with Caterpillar Inc

Caterpillar Inc. recently announced that it was partnering with Mike Rowe, the creator and star of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs and the founder of mikeroweWORKS.com. This past September, Rowe stopped by the East Peoria, Illinois manufacturing facility to meet with the media for a Q&A session to discuss the partnership, as well as spend time with the Caterpillar employees that work at this location and receive a tour of the plant.

It was Rowe’s dedication to the trades and Caterpillar’s commitment to its customers that prompted the two to join forces. Rowe will be spending time with Caterpillar customers and dealers to get a

real world perspective on their jobs and how the two partner to be successful. These encounters will be featured on cat.com and at Caterpillar dealerships across the country, and will be used to demonstrate the solutions that Caterpillar dealers provide their customers throughout the lifecycle of the equipment.

Rowe, who calls himself a perpetual apprentice, has performed more than 300
jobs in locations around the country via his show,Dirty Jobs. His website,
mikeroweWORKS.com is dedicated to and for people in the trades to meet, discuss relevant topics and learn what is the latest in the industry. He said that his partnership with Caterpillar was “inevitable” because the two share the same work philosophy. “I see Cat equipment and the hard working people operating it around the world, building and creating infrastructure and I’m excited to go beyond the machine and talk with the people who are actually making it happen,” said Rowe. “There are very few companies that built this country, that built this world. Cat is one of those companies and it’s very rewarding to be around that. It’s gratifying and humbling to be here.”

MIke Rowe talking to Caterpillar employees during recent visit to company headquarters.

Editor’s note:

On Wednesday September 29, 2010, TV Host Mike Rowe launches national grassroots campaign in D.C.

Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame is coming to town to do his dirtiest job yet – speaking out to Members of Congress, staffers, and the media about the importance of manufacturing to the health of our economy and American jobs. He’ll be introducing local workers from across the U.S. who depend on manufacturing to tell their stories of how they help “make America.” http://www.site-kconstructionzone.com/?p=3940

“I Make America” Debuts in Support of the U.S. Manufacturing Industry

TV Host Mike Rowe launches national grassroots campaign in D.C. —

Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame is coming to town to do his dirtiest job yet – speaking out to Members of Congress, staffers, and the media about the importance of manufacturing to the health of our economy and American jobs. He’ll be introducing local workers from across the U.S. who depend on manufacturing to tell their stories of how they help “make America.”

Rowe has been an outspoken advocate of the trades and infrastructure in America, and his website, http://www.mikeroweworks.com/ provides information about America’s infrastructure, national and state resources as well as job listings.

WHEN: Wednesday, September 29, 2010

WHERE: Reserve Officers Association

One Constitution Ave N.E.

( 2nd St & Constitution Ave N.E.)

WHAT: “I Make America” is a national grassroots effort to dramatically strengthen American manufacturing jobs right here in the U.S. to improve our economy and our country’s global competitiveness. Every day America’s manufacturing base – the backbone of a strong economy – keeps shrinking. Over the past 10 years, manufacturing in the U.S. has shed 5.5 million jobs, and unemployment in the manufacturing sector remains notably higher than the national average.

WHO: Mike Rowe, Host of Discovery Channel’s Emmy-nominated Dirty Jobs

Dennis Slater, President, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Equipment manufacturing community members who help make America

CEOs of major American equipment manufacturers will also attend, including:

  • James McCullough, President and CEO, CNH Construction Equipment
  • Ron DeFeo, Chairman and CEO, Terex Corporation
  • Duane Wilder, President of Liebherr Construction Equipment Co.

I Make America is a campaign supported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and its more than 800 member companies around the world.  A partner with AEM member, U.S.-based equipment manufacturer Caterpillar, Rowe is outspoken about his commitment to infrastructure.