Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and I Make America’s 25,000 grassroots supporters nationwide responded today to a grade of D+ assigned to the country’s infrastructure conditions. The grade was assigned by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) today in its 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure.
On behalf of U.S. equipment manufacturers, AEM President Dennis Slater issued the following statement in response to the score:
“The D+ grade given to America by the ASCE 2013 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure reflects a critical need for long-term infrastructure investment in this country. The state of America’s infrastructure has become both an economic and safety issue, with one in nine of the nation’s bridges rated as structurally deficient, and highway congestion costing the economy an estimated $101 billion in wasted time and fuel annually. We urge Congress to work together to immediately improve our infrastructure and keep our country competitive with our global counterparts on the infrastructure honor roll.”
Mr. Slater is available for further comment to discuss industry reaction to the report card, the impact the state of America’s infrastructure is having on the U.S. manufacturing industry, and AEM’s 25,000+ person grassroots “I Make America” campaign. To speak with Mr. Slater, please contact Sara Sendek at firstname.lastname@example.org.