Pancakes and PolicyAEM’s Pancakes & Policy Tour rolled on as the I Make America team visited Ohio last week.

Launched earlier this year, the Pancakes & Policy Tour travels the country to educate the men and women of the industry about the public policies that are essential for equipment manufacturing’s continued success in America.

First up was a visit to IROCK Crushers in Valley View. With one-fifth of Ohio’s public roads in poor condition, many of the comments from the employees focused on why elected officials cannot seem to agree on how to pay for badly needed maintenance and repairs to our infrastructure. AEM’s Megan Evans told them that it is time for lawmakers in Washington to stop talking about infrastructure as a problem, but as an opportunity for bipartisan agreement.

“It was a true pleasure hosting the I Make America team for a Pancakes & Policy event at our headquarters,” said IROCK's Chris Larson. “The entire IROCK family appreciated contributing to the lively discussion on infrastructure and workforce development. It is refreshing to be aligned as a partner with a program that is truly ensuring American manufacturing is as competitive as possible in the global marketplace.”

The I Make America team then headed south for a visit to Timken in North Canton. Much of the discussion focused on the importance of public policies that help equipment manufacturers compete in the global economy and create jobs across the United States. Ohio is home to more than 80,000 equipment manufacturing workers, and one employee made the comment that, with a level playing field and an accessible market, they can outperform any competitor.

"The Pancakes & Policy Tour provided our us with a great opportunity to learn more about issues that are important to manufacturers like Timken, including trade, infrastructure, and work development," said Ryan Hartong of Timken.

The Ohio leg of the Pancakes & Policy Tour concluded with a visit to Fecon in Lebanon, where more than 200 employees and invited guests heard about the impact of the U.S.-China trade war on the industry and why Congress should ratify the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). With roughly one third of all equipment made in the United States destined for export, AEM’s Wade Balkonis explained why it is critical that equipment manufacturers have access to tow of our most important trading partners.

“Fecon is thankful for the opportunity to host the I Make America team,” said John Heekin. “It was important for Fecon’s team members to hear firsthand how our collective futures will be impacted by the important policy issues currently in play in Washington. The I Make America team informed us of the critical issues as well our industries position on them. We thank them for their efforts on our industry’s behalf.”

The Pancakes & Policy tour will continue throughout the fall, with more events planned for several states. If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact Wade Balkonis at or (202) 559-7463. The I Make America team will bring plenty of pancakes to go with the policy.

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