Photos taken by documentary photographer Brad Romano were unveiled today by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). More than 150 photos were collected as part of an ongoing effort to help tell the story of the 1.3 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry. The photos were taken in April of this year at AGCO Corporation (Jackson, Minn.), Komatsu (Peoria, Ill.), Superior Industries (Morris, Minn.), Vermeer Corporation (Pella, Iowa), Weiler (Knoxville, Iowa), and Woods Equipment Company (Oregon, Ill.).Brad Romano for AEM
The first batch of photos, two dozen in total, will be featured on I Make America’s website (AEM’s national grassroots campaign) and on I Make America’s new Instagram account. I Make America is made up of 50,000 supporters from across the country who advocate for policies that support manufacturing jobs and help America's equipment manufacturers compete globally.
“A picture is worth a thousand words, and these photos will help tell the stories of the 1.3 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry,” Kip Eideberg, AEM’s vice president of government and industry relations says. “Lawmakers in Washington, D.C., make decisions that impact our industry, our jobs, and our communities, and we want them to better understand what our industry looks like and get to know some of the men and women who make America.”
The first batch of photos were taken at six different members of AEM across the Midwestern U.S., including AGCO Corporation, Komatsu America Corp., Superior Industries, Vermeer Corporation, Weiler, and Woods Equipment Company.Brad Romano for AEM