ICUEEOver 3,000 new supporters signed up for I Make America, AEM’s national grassroots campaign, this past week at the International Construction and Utility Equipment Exposition (ICUEE) in Louisville, Kentucky. The thousands of new supporters were the result of I Make America’s extensive engagement at North America’s largest utility and construction trade show.

I Make America had a team of over a dozen staff at the show, engaging with attendees at three separate booths and around the show. Those who signed up at ICUEE 2019 were entered into daily drawings of giveaways as well as a chance to win a brand-new Bobcat UTV, courtesy of Doosan Bobcat North America. 

“It was great to see so many new supporters sign up to join our campaign and help us advocate for policies that support the equipment manufacturing industry” said Kip Eideberg, senior vice president of government and industry relations at AEM. “With so many supporters of the equipment manufacturing industry gathered in one place, we were able to engage directly with thousands of supporters and have real conversations about the issues that matter and what they can do to help.”

Exhibitors at ICUEE helped promote I Make America by placing magnets on their equipment and at their booths. The magnets helped raise awareness for the campaign among the show’s attendees and exhibitors, and gave AEM member companies an opportunity to show off their support for I Make America.

Congressman James Comer (R-KY-01) stopped by ICUEE to learn about the industry and get a firsthand look at the latest, most innovative equipment on display in Louisville. He also had the opportunity to meet with executives from Terex and Vermeer and learn about their companies and products.

“We were honored to have the Congressman visit ICUEE and pleased to give him the chance to see a big part of our industry firsthand. Our member companies, exhibitors and attendees need our elected officials in Washington to support pro-manufacturing policies, and we are grateful for the Congressman’s support on issues such as trade and infrastructure,” added Eideberg.

During the ICUEE Live! at Fourth Street Live! concert, I Make America hosted an appreciation party for new and old supporters, with a show-stopping view of the night’s performers. On the last day of ICUEE, I Make America spotlighted dozens of AEM member companies on its new Instagram story as it took a tour of the show before it closed.  Companies such as Hilti, Kondex, LineWise, and Steelwrist showed off their products and their support for I Make America.

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