AdvocatesMore AEM member companies than ever were recognized this year for their significant contributions to the association’s advocacy efforts, with 25 equipment manufacturers reaching Gold Level in the AEM Advocates Program. The AEM Advocates Program recognizes member companies for their involvement in advocacy efforts, including support for the association’s national grassroots campaign I Make America. The awards ceremony took place during AEM’s 2019 Annual Conference.

Most notably, AEM member company Weiler received the AEM Advocates Program’s highest honor – the Pillar of the Industry Award. The Knoxville, Iowa-based company received the award after reaching Gold Level for five consecutive years.

“We are honored to receive the AEM Pillar of the Industry Award,” said Pat Weiler, owner and founder of Weiler. “We are proud to support the I Make America campaign and AEM’s efforts to draw attention to the impact and importance of equipment manufacturing to the U.S. economy. We look forward to continuing to work with AEM to advance the industry’s policy priorities.”

Member companies participated in a number of advocacy efforts throughout the year, hosting elected officials at their facilities, participating in the AEM Washington Fly-in, taking part in town halls, and organizing events and initiatives for Manufacturing Day. These efforts have helped educate lawmakers about the importance of the equipment manufacturing to their districts and states and champion policies that benefit the 1.3 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry.

“Through our advocacy efforts and the strong participation of our member companies, the association continues to build strong relationships with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle and promote pro-manufacturing policies,” said AEM Senior Vice President of Government and Industry Relations Kip Eideberg. “We have scored many important wins this year, and this is in large part due to the efforts of the 1.3 million men and women of our industry. We are grateful for their ongoing support and engagement.”

To learn about the 2020 Advocates Program and how to get involved, contact AEM’s Wade Balkonis at


2019 Pillar of the Industry Award Winners

  • Weiler

2019 Gold Award Winners

  • AGCO Corporation
  • Blount International
  • Calder Brothers Corporation
  • Caterpillar Inc.
  • CLAAS of America, Inc.
  • CNH Industrial
  • Cummins Inc.
  • Custom Products of Litchfield, Inc.
  • Deere & Company
  • Doosan Bobcat
  • Dynapac North America LLC
  • General Kinematics
  • HCC Inc.
  • JLG Industries Inc.
  • Kinze Manufacturing Inc.
  • Komatsu America Corp.
  • Kondex Corporation
  • Kuhn North America Inc.
  • Manitowoc Crane Group
  • Stellar Industries Inc.
  • Superior Industries
  • Trimble Inc.
  • Vermeer Corporation
  • Volvo Construction Equipment
  • VT LeeBoy Inc.

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