AEM Announces Advocates Program Award Winners

I Make America logoThe Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced the 2018 recipients of its annual Advocates Program awards, which recognize an outstanding commitment by AEM members to industry advocacy efforts through AEM’s national grassroots campaign I Make America.

I Make America is AEM’s signature program building grassroots support and advocating for pro-manufacturing policies that create and sustain jobs across America.

This year, 28 member companies received AEM Advocates Program Gold awards for achieving the highest level of participation in grassroots mobilization and outreach. In addition, five companies received the Advocates Program’s highest honor, the Pillar of the Industry award, for reaching Gold status for five consecutive years.

“It’s more important than ever for our elected officials to understand the critical importance of our industry’s role in sustaining economic prosperity and quality of life across America,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “These companies have really stepped up in their communities, and we greatly appreciate their dedication and hard work throughout the year.”

This year’s I Make America facility tour, themed “Behind Every Product,” brought elected officials to member manufacturing facilities across the country to meet and discuss the most-pressing issues with many of the 1.3 million men and women working in the equipment manufacturing industry.

AEM also hosted its first-ever I Make America Town Hall Tour at three members’ facilities, with live attendance by 500 workers and thousands more watching online through livestreams, to educate and engage workers on key policies affecting the industry’s future.

“The success of our advocacy efforts is in large part due to the outstanding support of our members,” said AEM Vice President Kip Eideberg. “They help ensure elected officials understand the importance of passing policies that support our industry’s needs when it comes to infrastructure investment, tax reform, free trade and ensuring a strong agricultural economy.”

AEM presented the Advocates Program awards at its recent annual conference of member companies. Learn more about AEM at

Bob Crain of AGCO Corp., AEM Government & Public Affairs Committee chair, announces the 2018 AEM Advocates Program award winners at AEM’s recent annual conference.
Bob Crain of AGCO Corp., AEM Government & Public Affairs Committee chair, announces the 2018 AEM Advocates Program award winners at AEM’s recent annual conference.

2018 Pillar of the Industry Award Winners

  • Calder Brothers Corporation
  • Doosan Bobcat
  • KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA, Inc.
  • Manitou Americas Inc.
  • Sioux Corporation

2018 Gold Award Winners

  • AGCO
  • Asphalt Drum Mixers
  • Blount International
  • Carlson Paving Products
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • CLAAS of America
  • CNH Industrial
  • Cummins
  • Custom Products of Litchfield, Inc.
  • Deere & Company
  • General Kinematics
  • HCC, Inc.
  • Husco
  • JCB, Inc.
  • Johnson Crushers International
  • JLG
  • Ken Cook Co.
  • Kinze
  • Komatsu
  • Kondex Corporation
  • LeeBoy
  • VSS Macropaver
  • Stellar Industries
  • Terex Corporation
  • Topcon Positioning Systems
  • Vermeer Corporation
  • Volvo Construction Equipment
  • Weiler

For more information about I Make America, please visit

About AEM
AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers, with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 1.3 million jobs and contributes roughly $159 billion to the economy every year. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

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