I Make America is a grassroots campaign launched five years ago by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), a global trade association representing manufacturers of farm, construction, utility and mining equipment in North America. I Make America is dedicated to raising awareness of sound public policies that benefit the entire equipment manufacturing industry.
“Today is about the importance of US manufacturing, and the importance of having elected leaders who stand up for manufacturing,” said Rocki Shepard, President and CEO of Highway Equipment Company. “Your voice, and your vote, can help our elected leaders know that there are 150 heartbeats here in Cedar Rapids building the best, and that those 150 heartbeats have families that depend on them. Let them know that You Make America, and that you want to continue to build the best.”
Highway Equipment Company welcomed Cedar Rapids Mayor Ron Corbett at the event. Mayor Corbett told those in attendance, “We are going to continue to embrace manufacturing in the Cedar Rapids area, so that we can continue to see the number of jobs grow.”
Highway Equipment Company was also pleased to have Allison Antes and Mike Lukan from the Cedar Rapids Economic Alliance, Scott Overland from the Cedar Rapids City Council, Sam Pritchard – Regional Director for Senator Joni Ernst, Fred Schuster – Regional Director for Senator Chuck Grassley, Mike Keefer – Transportation & Infrastructure Director for Congressman Rod Blum, as well as Abby Lannoye and John Somers from the AEM
Shepard went on to tell employees and guests, “When our products leave here and are put to use – whether it’s growing crops or clearing roads, know that what you build here today will allow us to have a better tomorrow.”
In 2016, I Make America will visit over three dozen manufacturers to engage both employees and elected officials on the issues that matter to manufacturers. The tour is supported by a traveling truck featuring a custom interactive experience that engages players on manufacturing issues at stake this election season.