By Kip Eideberg, AEM Vice President, Public Affairs and Advocacy

Legislative ActionIf you travel to any member company facility in the country, one of the first things you’ll notice is the pride of the men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry.

And for seven years now, AEM has helped to channel that enthusiasm into action through the I Make America campaign. From rallies on Capitol Hill to the 2014 Harley Tour to last year’s My Manufacturing Vote campaign, AEM has enlisted tens of thousands of grassroots supporters to take action on policy issues that affect our industry.

For those of us in Washington, every additional grassroots supporter makes us that much more powerful a voice on Capitol Hill, and in state capitals throughout the country.

From the president of the United States down to members of the U.S. Congress and state legislators, every elected official says the voices of their constituents count the most when determining their stance on an issue. That is why we have used the I Make America campaign to build a grassroots engine that helps mobilize supporters in every corner of the United States.

That is also why we have designed this year’s I Make America campaign to connect elected officials who shape the issues that impact our industry with the men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry.

We are bringing a record number of elected officials to manufacturing facilities throughout the country this summer – just as action on tax reform, infrastructure investment and other industry priorities ramp up in Congress. These visits are crucial opportunities to explain just how these issues affect manufacturers.

It is also why we are bringing industry leaders to Washington for our first-ever I Make America fly-in on September 11-13 this year. Think of this as a reverse I Make America event: You’re going to Congress to tell your story to elected officials, instead of them coming to visit with you. But this is an equally important opportunity to showcase the breadth and influence of our industry in Washington.

Every one of these interactions – your employees’ e-mails to Congressional staff, the Governor stopping by your facility, or your trip to Washington to visit with your congressman – makes a difference. Don’t be intimidated, either! Getting involved is as easy as visiting to check out some of our easy-to-use resources. You can also shoot me an e-mail, and our team will be happy to help you in any way we can.

We can make a difference in Washington when we all speak with one voice. That’s the power of the I Make America campaign, and if you’re not already involved, we hope you and your company will join us.