The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces the 2015 recipients of its grassroots advocacy awards for companies that have reached the highest level of activity in its I Make America campaign. A new Legacy longevity award joins the campaign’s Pillar of the Industry recognition program.

I Make America is AEM’s signature program to build grassroots support and advocate for pro-manufacturing policies that create and sustain jobs across America.

“It’s more important than ever that our elected officials understand the critical importance of our industry to economic prosperity and quality of life across America, and these companies have really stepped up in their communities,” said Dennis Slater, AEM president. “We appreciate their hard work throughout the year, and this is our chance to publicly acknowledge their outstanding efforts.”

Winners have achieved Gold status for their extensive I Make America activities, which can include significant employee involvement; outreach to state, local and federal legislators; and promoting campaign sign-ups at trade shows and with allied trade associations.

New ‘Legacy’ Award Salutes Continuous Service  

The new AEM I Make America Legacy award salutes companies who have been active in I Make America and earned continuous Gold status since the campaign was initiated five years ago.

The inaugural Legacy award winners are:

  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • International Construction Equipment Inc.

2015 Pillar of the Industry Award Winners

A total of 37 companies received Pillar of the Industry awards for achieving or maintaining I Make America Gold status during the year.

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The 2015 Pillar of the Industry Award winners are:

  • Astec Inc.
  • Astec Mobile Screens Inc.
  • Associated Training Services
  • Blount International/Woods Equipment
  • BLS Enterprises Inc.
  • Calder Brothers Corporation
  • Carlson Paving Products Inc.
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • CLAAS of America Inc.
  • CNH Industrial
  • Deere & Company
  • Doosan Infracore/Bobcat Company
  • General Kinematics Corporation
  • Grote Industries
  • HUSCO International
  • International Construction Equipment Inc.
  • InQuest Marketing
  • JCB Inc.
  • Johnson Crushers International Inc.
  • Ken Cook Co.
  • KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA Inc.
  • Kolberg-Pioneer Inc.
  • Kondex Corporation
  • Manitou Americas Inc.
  • Miller Electric Manufacturing Company
  • Morbark Inc.
  • Sioux Corporation
  • Stellar Industries Inc.
  • Telsmith Inc.
  • Terex Corporation
  • The Manitowoc Company
  • Topcon Positioning Systems
  • Vermeer Corporation
  • Volvo Construction Equipment
  • Weiler
  • Wolf Robotics LLC – A Lincoln Electric Company
  • Ziegenbein Associates Inc.