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Woods Equipment Cultivates Support for Pro-Jobs Policies, I Make America Campaign

Woods Equipment Company is growing vital grassroots support for AEM’s pro-manufacturing policies among its employees, customers, elected representatives and other businesses in Illinois. Woods’ efforts have made it the latest AEM member to achieve elite Gold-level status in the I Make America campaign.

“We take pride in the products we build in Oregon, Illinois; Kronenwetter, Wisconsin; and Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and want to do everything we can to grow these operations and create more American jobs,” said Jerry Johnson, president of Woods Equipment Company.

“We rely on AEM as our voice in Washington, D.C.” Johnson said. “They ensure that we’re heard on important issues that affect our markets. The I Make America campaign is a great way for employees who want to get involved to join together with friends, neighbors and co-workers to make a stronger impact on the issues that affect their lives.”

Woods Equipment reached out to customers at trade shows, hosted a congressional visit to its Illinois facility, emailed information on I Make America to the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and promoted I Make America with its entry in a local festival parade.

“We commend Woods Equipment for achieving Gold status in the I Make America campaign,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “As an AEM member, Woods Equipment exemplifies the commitment we need from all manufacturers around the country to send the message to Congress and the White House that our economy is in urgent need of a new manufacturing policy that will create jobs.”

Join the I Make America Campaign

I Make America is a grassroots campaign that was launched in September 2010 to dramatically improve American manufacturing policies to create more jobs in the U.S. and keep our economy competitive with other countries.

Gold-Level supporters are an important group of companies that have achieved participation benchmarks marking them as industry leaders, including significant employee involvement; outreach to their state, local and federal legislators; promoting campaign sign-ups at trade shows and with allied trade associations; and production of A Day in American Life video telling the story of how their companies, employees and communities “make America.”

The campaign is supported by more than 22,000 people nationwide, AEM’s 850-plus member companies and industry organizations. For more information on the I Make America campaign, contact AEM’s Trisha Schoof (, tel: 414-298-4131).

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