Behind every product is a story. And across the country, the 1.3 million men and women whose jobs depend on the equipment manufacturing industry are writing the next chapter.
“Equipment manufacturers want to be sure that President Trump, members of Congress and other leaders in Washington understand the size and scope of our industry,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “We want everyone to understand that behind every piece of agriculture or construction equipment is a story of a hardworking American who is able to support a family because of our industry.”
A report produced earlier this year by the independent research firm IHS Markit found that the equipment manufacturing industry supports 1.3 million jobs across the United States, and contributed $159 billion to the GDP of the United States. The report also found the industry generated almost $87 billion in labor income in 2016, and that about 30 percent of equipment produced in the United States is eventually intended for export.
The “Behind Every Product” initiative was launched as part of I Make America, AEM’s grassroots campaign that engages and mobilizes industry employees to advocate for pro-manufacturing public policies. This year the I Make America campaign is bringing elected officials from both parties to tour manufacturing facilities across the United States.
“This campaign salutes the men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry for their hard work building the products that enable all of us to have a better way of life,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM Vice President for Advocacy and Public Affairs. “We need our elected officials in Washington to work equally hard to advance the policy priorities important to our industry.”
Visit IMakeAmerica.com to learn more.