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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.

NAPA Announces: Dan Gallagher Named NAPA Chairman

Dan Gallagher Asphalt (Illinois) Vice President & CFO Puts Focus on Quality

Dan Gallagher took his position as the 2017 Chairman of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) at a ceremony today (Jan. 30) during the association’s 62nd Annual Meeting. As chairman, Gallagher is responsible for guiding NAPA’s efforts to support the asphalt pavement industry.

Gallagher is vice president of operations and chief financial officer for Gallagher Asphalt Corp., based in Thorton, Ill. The company operates three permanent asphalt plants and offers paving, hot-in-place recycling, trucking, and other services throughout the Chicago Southland.

Priorities for Gallagher’s term as NAPA chairman include engineering and pavement quality, workzone safety, as well as working toward a reliable funding source for infrastructure. “Tax reform and investment in America’s infrastructure are being discussed both in the White House and Congress,” said Gallagher. “We will be working diligently to ensure that a stable funding stream for the construction, maintenance, and improvement of our nation’s infrastructure is part of those discussions.”

Gallagher has long been a strong and active voice for quality in the asphalt pavement industry since the 1990s. He has served on NAPA engineering committees and chaired NAPA task forces on recycling and energy conservation during the past decade, as well as working on industry best practices and warm-mix asphalt.

“We are entering 2017 with a lot of optimism, but we have still face a competitive business environment. NAPA is leading important educational and research efforts that will help the industry continue to deliver high-quality, long-lasting, and sustainable asphalt pavements for the driving public,” Gallagher said.

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About The National Asphalt Pavement Association
The National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) is the only trade association that exclusively represents the interests of the asphalt producer/contractor on the national level with Congress, government agencies, and other national trade and business organizations. NAPA supports an active research program designed to improve the quality of asphalt pavements and paving techniques used in the construction of roads, streets, highways, parking lots, airports, and environmental and recreational facilities. The association provides technical, educational, and marketing materials and information to its members; supplies product information to users and specifiers of paving materials; and conducts training courses. The association, which counts more than 1,100 companies as members, was founded in 1955.

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