AEM LogoThe Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) recently announced the 2016 recipients of its I Make America advocacy awards. Winners involved in the trenchless industry are Gradall Industries and Vemeer Corp., which both received AEM’s  Pillar of the Industry award.


All of the recipients are AEM member companies that have achieved the highest level of support in AEM’s signature program to build grassroots support and advocate for pro-manufacturing policies that create and sustain jobs across America.

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AEM honored 32 companies during its recent annual conference for achieving Gold status, and six of these companies also received recognition as Legacy supporters after maintaining Gold status for five consecutive years.

I Make America activities can include significant employee involvement; outreach to state, local and federal legislators; and promoting campaign sign-ups at trade shows and with allied trade associations.

“I Make America’s success depends on the strong support of member companies and their employees to help our elected officials understand the critical importance of the off-road equipment industry and manufacturing to economic prosperity and quality of life across America,” said Dennis Slater, AEM president. “We appreciate their hard work and are pleased to publicly acknowledge their outstanding commitment and efforts.”

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The 2016 I Make America Legacy award winners are:

  •              CLAAS of America Inc.

  •              CNH Industrial

  •              General Kinematics

  •              Kondex Corp.

  •             Volvo Construction Equipment

  •             Wolf Robotics LLC

The 2016 Pillar of the Industry Award winners are:

  •              AGCO Corp.

  •              Astec Mobile Screens

  •              Blount International/Woods Equipment

  •              Calder Brothers Corp.

  •              Carlson Paving Products

  •              Caterpillar Inc.

  •              CLAAS of America Inc.

  •              CNH Industrial

  •              Custom Products of Litchfield Inc.

  •              Deere & Company

  •              Doosan Bobcat

  •              General Kinematics

  •              Gradall Industries

  •              HUSCO International Inc.

  •              InQuest Marketing LLC

  •              JCB Inc.

  •              Johnson Crushers International

  •              Ken Cook Co.

  •              Kobelco Construction Machinery USA

  •              Kolberg Pioneer Inc.

  •              Kondex Corp.

  •              Mahindra USA

  •              Manitou Americas Inc.

  •              Morbark LLC

  •              Sioux Corp.

  •              Stellar Industries Inc.

  •              Terex Corp.

  •              Topcon Positioning Systems Inc.

  •              Vermeer Corp.

  •              Volvo Construction Equipment

  •              Weiler

  •              Wolf Robotics LLC

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