Association of Equipment Manufacturers

AEM Hall of Fame

Hall of Famers

Since its inception in the 1990s, respected leaders in the industry have been inducted into the AEM Hall of Fame. Individually and collectively they represent some of the best, brightest and most influential minds in the history of the off-road equipment industry.

Note: All inductee titles and company affiliations current at the time of entry into the Hall of Fame.

Sir Anthony Bamford
1945 -
Chairman
JCB Inc.
Inducted 2008
Joseph Cyril Bamford
1916 - 2001
Founder
JCB Inc.
Inducted 1993
H. Ashley Barber
1911 - 1986
CEO
Barber - Greene Company
Inducted 1994
Harry H. Barber
1878 - 1948
Founder
Barber - Greene Company
Inducted 1993
Pierre Bataille
1926 - 2009
Chairman & CEO
Poclain
Inducted 2012
Daniel Best
1838 - 1923
Founder
Best Manufacturing
Inducted 1994
J. Don Brock
1939 -
President & Chairman
Astec Industries
Inducted 1999
Jerome Increase Case
1819 - 1891
Founder
J.I. Case Machinery Co.
Inducted 2008
Helmut Claas
1926 -
Chairman of the Shareholder's Committee
CLAAS KGaA mbH
Inducted 2013
John Deere
1804 - 1886
Founder
Deere & Company
Inducted 2012
Ronald M. DeFeo
1953 -
Chairman & CEO
Terex Corporation
Inducted 2008
Edward D. Etnyre
1859 - 1933
Founder
E.D. Etnyre & Company
Inducted 1999
William Dana Ewart
1851 - 1908
Founder
Link-Belt Machinery Company
Inducted 1996
Donald V.  Fites
1934 -
Chairman & CEO
Caterpillar Inc.
Inducted 2008
Gary Godbersen
1939 -
Co-founder
GOMACO Corporation
Inducted 1993
Jim Gorman
1925 -
Chairman of the Board
Gorman - Rupp Company
Inducted 2010
William B. Greene
1886 - 1982
Co-founder
Barber - Green Company
Inducted 1994
John L. Grove
1921 - 2003
Co-founder
JLG Industries & Grove Manufacturing Company
Inducted 1993
LeRoy G. Hagenbuch
1944 -
Co-founder & President
Philippi - Hagenbuch Inc.
Inducted 2008
Howard Hall
1894 - 1971
Founder
Iowa Manufacturing
Inducted 1993
Henry Harnischfeger
1855 - 1930
Founder
Harnischfeger Corporation
Inducted 1993
John Heltzel
1882 - 1952
Founder
Heltzel Steel Form & Iron
Inducted 1999
Benjamin Holt
1849 - 1920
Founder
Holt Manufacturing Company
Inducted 1993
Frank G. Hough
1890 - 1965
Founder
Frank G. Hough Company
Inducted 1994
Simon Ingersoll
1818 - 1920
Founder
Ingersoll - Rand Company
Inducted 1993
Charles S. Johnson
1877 - 1941
Founder
C.S. Johnson Company
Inducted 1993
Cyril Keller
1922 -
Developer, Skid Steer Loader
N/A
Inducted 1999
Louis Keller
1923 - 2010
Developer, Skid Steer Loader
N/A
Inducted 1999
Clarence Killebrew
1911 - 2001
Corporate Director & Vice President, Engineering
Clark Equipment
Inducted 1993
Don Landoll
1943 -
Chairman
Landoll Corporation
Inducted 2011
Robert Gilmore LeTourneau
1888 - 1969
Founder
LeTourneau Company
Inducted 1994
Dr. Hans Liebherr
1915 - 1993
Founder
Liebherr Company
Inducted 2010
Elton Long
1912 - 2003
Vice President, Construction Equipment Engineering
Case Construction Equipment
Inducted 2011
Edwin Malzahn
1921 -
President
The Charles Machine Works
Inducted 1993
Richard D. Messinger
1915 - 1998
Chairman
Power Curbers Inc.
Inducted 1996
William Mulligan
1930 -
Executive Vice President
Ingersoll - Rand Company
Inducted 1994
Ray O'Connor
1962 -
President & CEO
Topcon Positioning Group
Inducted 2013
William Smith Otis
1813 - 1839
Inventor, Steam Shovel
N/A
Inducted 1996
Friedrich W. Schwing, Sr.
1909 - 1992
Founder
Schwing GmbH
Inducted 2013
Thomas L. Smith
1855 - 1921
Founder
Telsmith Company
Inducted 1996
Robert H. Studebaker
1911 - 1999
Founder
Laserplane
Inducted 1999
Charles Swigert
1862 - 1935
Founder
Electric Steel Foundry
Inducted 1996
G.W. "Bill" Swisher Jr.
1930 - 2012
Founder
CMI Corporation
Inducted 1993
Gary J. Vermeer
1918 - 2009
Founder, Chairman Emeritus
Vermeer Manufacturing
Inducted 1996
Reinhard Wirtgen
1914 - 1997
Founder
Wirtgen GmbH
Inducted 1999
Keith Wood
1917 - 2004
Co-founder
Woods Equipment Company
Inducted 2012
Leonard Wood
1913 - 2000
Co-founder
Woods Equipment Company
Inducted 2012
Mervel  Wood
1920 -
Co-founder
Woods Equipment Company
Inducted 2012

The AEM Hall of Fame

  • Recognizes, celebrates and preserves the history of outstanding leaders in the off-road equipment industry.
  • Seeks to create a wider public understanding and appreciation of the industry's role in global economic and social prosperity, not only in the past but for the future.
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