AEM Fly-inDozens of equipment manufacturing executives will be in Washington this week for the 2021 AEM Washington Fly-in, where they will advocate for passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill and other pro-manufacturing policies. This year’s fly-in is expected to break the previous attendance record and will feature more than 50 meetings with elected officials.

“We are thrilled to see such strong support from our member companies at a time when we are laser focused on getting our number one legislative priority – the bipartisan infrastructure bill – across the finish line,” said Kate Fox Wood, senior director of government relations for AEM and lead organizer of the 2021 AEM Washington Fly-in. “Our volunteer leaders are ready to tell their stories of the 2.8 million men and women of our industry and make the case for why we need to make a transformational investment in our nation’s infrastructure.”

Nearly a a half million U.S. manufacturing jobs, and over 100,000 equipment manufacturing jobs, will be created before the end of President Biden’s first term with the passage of the bipartisan infrastructure bill according to a recent analysis by IHS Markit. AEM’s volunteer leaders will also advocate for the removal of crippling tariffs on steel and other critical inputs, market-opening trade agreements that deliver free and fair trade, the recently introduced bipartisan Precision Agriculture Loan (PAL) Act, and reauthorization of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA).

AEM will also award its prestigious Champion of the Industry Award to a group of lawmakers. The award recognizes members of Congress for their outstanding support for the equipment manufacturing industry and commitment to advancing bipartisan, commonsense solutions to our country’s toughest challenges.

If you have questions about the 2021 AEM Washington Fly-in or about how to get involved in AEM’s advocacy efforts, please email AEM's Kate Fox Wood at

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