With six months left before the midterm elections, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is hitting the road to educate and engage manufacturing voters about the policies that are critical to the future growth and success of their industry.
The initiative, which is part of the AEM’s grassroots advocacy campaign “I Make America,” will feature a series of events at equipment manufacturing facilities across the country. At a time when too many of the policy debates that directly impact the future of the equipment manufacturing industry take place in Washington, D.C., AEM is bringing policy and industry experts to shop floors for engaging and productive discussions with the men and women who help make America. The goal is to engage with supporters and inspire to help move a pro-manufacturing agenda forward.
“From much-needed investment in infrastructure and continued regulatory reform to the future of free trade agreements and the long-term prosperity of agricultural communities, there are certainly enough issues at play to make the midterm elections critical to the future of manufacturing in this country,” said AEM President Dennis Slater.
The “I Make America Town Hall Tour” will kick off on Thursday, May 17 at AGCO Corp.’s manufacturing center in Jackson, Minn.,with a discussion about the symbiotic relationship between the agriculture economy and the equipment manufacturing industry. From there it will move on to Doosan-Bobcat’s production facility in Bismarck, N.D., and Terex Corp.’s Genie manufacturing facility in Redmond, Wash.
- Thursday, May 17 – Jackson, Minn. (AGCO Corp.).
- Thursday, Aug.16 – Bismarck, N.D. (Doosan-Bobcat).
- Thursday, Sept. 20 – Redmond, Wash. (Terex Corporation – Genie).
“As the equipment manufacturing industry faces unexpected challenges and unprecedented opportunities in Washington, it is more important than ever that we actively engage our 40,000 grassroots supporters and empower them to support pro-manufacturing policies at the ballot box,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM vice president of public affairs and advocacy.