The 2015 I Make America campaign hit its summertime stride last week with three events at AEM member companies in Washington state and California.

Carlson Paving Products Inc.

Carlson Paving Products, an Astec Industries company and a longtime and enthusiastic I Make America participant, welcomed local elected leaders and AEM staff for an event on June 29.

Marilyn Strickland, mayor of Tacoma, Washington, other local groups, and other elected officials’ staff went on a facility tour and joined Carlson employees for a special I Make America luncheon.

Carlson President Chris Colwell and Mayor Strickland each spoke to employees about infrastructure, and in particular I Make America and Astec Industries’ program, Don’t Let America Dead End. Employees also had a chance during the luncheon to send Congress a letter about the importance of passing a long-term highway bill.

Terex AWP Genie

On July 1, AEM staff welcomed Rep. Suzan DelBene (D), Redmond, Washington, Mayor John Marchione and staff for Sen. Patty Murray (D) for an I Make America event at Genie, a Terex company.

Guests toured the facility, followed by speeches from Rep. DelBene and Karen Stash, senior director of global product management and marketing at Genie.

Throughout the day, employees also had a chance to sign up for I Make America during an employee cookout.

Topcon Positioning Systems Inc.

AEM staff also joined Topcon for a daylong event to showcase the company’s roadshow for employees at its test site in Pleasanton, California.

Topcon employees got a chance to sign up for I Make America and AEM staff joined the roadshow to talk about the importance of I Make America for supporting cutting-edge manufacturers like Topcon.

Livermore, California, Mayor John Marchand and staff to Rep. Eric Swalwell (D) also joined AEM leadership and Topcon executives for a discussion about the importance of manufacturing issues.