Manitou Americas was honored with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers' (AEM) Pillar of the Industry award at AEM's annual conference held this November.
Manitou Americas was the recipient of this prestigious award because of contributions it made to improve the business environment for the equipment manufacturing industry. During this election year, Manitou Americas advocated to elected leaders and voters for pro-manufacturing solutions and participated in AEM's "I Make America" grassroots program.
"We are very proud to receive the AEM Pillar of the Industry award for 2017 and to be a part of the advocacy to support and improve American manufacturing policies, in an effort to create and keep more jobs in the United States," said Lori Heidecker, marketing director for Manitou Americas. "It is important to our customers and employees that we stay informed on agriculture and construction industry policies and support continual growth in our industry."
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.
"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 Manitou Americas as a Pillar of the Industry for their outstanding commitment to advancing policy priorities essential to the equipment manufacturing industry."
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. 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.