IMA RoundtableOn Dec. 9, AEM brought together equipment manufacturers and congressional staff for a policy roundtable on the opportunities and challenges around workforce development.

The discussion was hosted by Rep. John Joyce of Pennsylvania (PA-13), attended by Hill policy staff, select members of the media, and featured employees from the equipment manufacturing industry: Sammy Munuswamy, PhD, PEM, director, engineering technology and innovation with Manitowoc Cranes, Tim Smith, plant manager with New Holland Agriculture, Kellan Lowe, HR director of production with Volvo Construction Equipment, and Greg Bishop, production manager with Volvo Construction Equipment. The participants discussed the career paths that led them to their current roles, debunked myths and misconceptions about the industry, and talked about the different ways to invest in employees and attract skilled workers.

“AEM was proud to bring our member company employees to the halls of Congress,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM senior vice president for government and industry relations. “These individuals all have unique paths that brought them to their current roles within the equipment manufacturing industry. It’s critical for congressional staff and lawmakers to hear these stories as they shape policy that can make specialized and career training more easily accessible and affordable.”

Kerry McKittrick moderated the roundtable, bringing a wealth of knowledge about the challenges that manufacturers are facing nationwide in attracting a skilled workforce as well as legislative opportunities to improve the growing skilled worker gap. McKittrick serves as a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), working on workforce development policy issues and other topics. Rep. Langevin serves as a co-chair for the House Career and Technical Education Caucus and is a strong supporter for workforce development programs like the ones discussed during the roundtable.

AEM continues to serve as a leader on workforce development policy by providing unique opportunities for dialogue to members of Congress and their staff and advocating for legislation that will benefit the workforce of the equipment manufacturing industry now and in the future.

For more information on AEM’s workforce development efforts on Capitol Hill, reach out to AEM Director of Government Relations and AEMPAC Director Kate Fox Wood at kfoxwood@aem.org.

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