I Make AmericaI Make America concluded its final Pancakes & Policy tour of 2019, visiting with AEM member companies and their employees across Wisconsin and Illinois. Telsmith (Mequon, Wisconsin), Woods Equipment (Kronenwetter, Wisconsin) and General Kinematics (Crystal Lake, Illinois) employees all had a chance to enjoy their breakfast with an informative discussion about policy.

Throughout 2019, the Pancakes & Policy tour has educated hundreds of member company employees about our industry’s policy priorities. The I Make America team presented to attendees about how to better prepare the next generation of our industry’s workforce, the need for sustainable infrastructure funding, and the many benefits ratifying the United States-Canada-Mexico Agreement (USMCA) will provide for our industry and the broader U.S. economy.

“We are proud to be a member of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and thrilled to be hosting an I Make America Pancakes & Policy event today,” said Matt Haven, president of Telsmith, Inc. “Grassroots programs like this help equipment manufacturers here in Wisconsin and across the country to advocate for pro-manufacturing policies that affect the entire industry and jobs right here at home. This is a great opportunity for our employees to learn more about our industry and its impact on the economy.”

One policy topic that became consistent focus throughout the most recent tour stop was the USMCA, the North American trade deal designed to help keep manufacturing competitive for decades to come. AEM’s Government Relations Manager Megan Evans highlighted benefits equipment manufacturers and their employees would see because of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“We want to ensure that our industry is retaining customers and growing and in order to do that we need to pass the USMCA,” said Evans. “The USMCA reaffirms our commitment to duty-free trade with our industry's largest trading partners and updates the agreement for the 21st century.”

The I Make America tour will resume again in 2020, with a line-up of state tours already in the works. If you are interested in hosting an event, please contact AEM's Wade Balkonis at wbalkonis@aem.org.”

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