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AEM Award Recognizes Manufacturers’ Contributions to Their Communities
MILWAUKEE, Wisc. – The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) honored General Kinematics with its “Pillar of the Industry” award, reflecting General Kinematics’ work to improve the business environment for the equipment manufacturing industry during this election year.
General Kinematics was recognized at AEM’s upcoming annual conference, held Nov. 1-3 in Florida, for its efforts this year to advocate for pro-manufacturing solutions to elected leaders and voters and for their participation in AEM’s “I Make America” grassroots program.
“With a new Congress and administration in Washington this year, equipment manufacturers did a better job than ever at communicating our industry’s priorities to our elected leaders,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “AEM is thrilled to honor General Kinematics as a Pillar of the Industry for their outstanding commitment to advancing policy priorities essential to the equipment manufacturing industry.”
“General Kinematics has proudly supported AEM in their commitment to the industry for many years. I am honored to be accepting this award on behalf of GK as we continue to advocate for the organization and improve equipment manufacturing opportunities around the world,” said Amy Donahue-Kelley, Global Marketing Manager for GK.
This year’s I Make America campaign – themed “Our Products. Our Jobs.” – brought a record number of elected officials to AEM member companies across the country. In addition, AEM members descended upon Washington in September for the first-ever I Make America Fly-In, where member company executives visited with 100 congressional offices and Trump administration officials to advance the industry’s policy priorities.
To be eligible for AEM’s Pillar of the Industry award, a member company must meet a series of qualifications that capture the many ways in which manufacturers can advocate for industry issues. Pillar award winners, for instance, may have hosted an elected official at their facility, written an op-ed on manufacturing issues for their local newspaper, or host an “I Make America” event at their facility (among other criteria).
AEM formally honored winners of the award at its annual conference in Palm Beach, Florida. The awards coincide with the seventh anniversary for AEM’s successful “I Make America” campaign, AEM’s principal grassroots advocacy program which engages AEM member companies and their employees to become champions for the industry on manufacturing issues.
AEM is the North American-based international trade group representing more than 900 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide.