(WEST FARGO, N.D. – November 2017) The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) honored Doosan Bobcat North America with its Pillar of the Industry award, reflecting Doosan Bobcat’s work to improve the business environment for the equipment manufacturing industry during this election year.
Doosan Bobcat was recognized at AEM’s annual conference, held November 1 – 3 in Palm Beach, Florida. This recognition included advocating for pro-manufacturing solutions with elected leaders and voters participating in AEM’s “I Make America” grassroots program. This is the seventh anniversary for AEM’s successful “I Make America” campaign, AEM’s principal advocacy program which engages AEM member companies and their employees to become champions on manufacturing issues.
“Transportation infrastructure is a policy Doosan Bobcat is particularly focused on, and the idea of a safe, modern infrastructure system is one of the most important needs to support economic growth today,” said Rich Goldsbury, president of Doosan Bobcat North America. “We are appreciative of this award and the support of AEM and its ‘I Make America’ initiative to improve American manufacturing policies and to help create more jobs in North Dakota and the region.”
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 “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 Doosan Bobcat 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. 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 hosted an “I Make America” event at their facility (among other criteria).