Acosta insertUnited States Secretary of Labor Alexander Acosta toured AEM member company STANLEY Infrastructure, a division of Stanley Black & Decker, in Dexter, Michigan on Wednesday.

Secretary Acosta, invited by AEM as part of its ongoing efforts to secure passage of the trade agreement, met with many of the 250 employees, and participated in a roundtable discussion with company executives. The visit was one of several stops the Secretary made in Michigan to highlight the benefits of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) and call for its ratification by Congress.

“The USMCA creates more opportunity for American workers,” said Secretary Acosta. “The provisions in the USMCA open markets for American companies that create good family-sustaining jobs in Michigan and around the country.”

Equipment manufacturers in Michigan depend on cross-border trade and integrated supply chains to create jobs. In fact, 338,000 jobs in Michigan are supported by exports to Canada and Mexico, jobs that have produced over $39 billion worth of goods shipped over the Ambassador Bridge to Canada and sent south to Mexico.

“It was a pleasure to host Secretary Acosta at our newly acquired IES-Attachments facility where 250 employees manufacture landscaping, light construction, and snow removal attachments,” said Doug Redpath, president of STANLEY Infrastructure. “At Stanley Black & Decker, we are committed to manufacturing in-market and supporting local communities and employees wherever we are, and our Dexter, Michigan facility reflects that commitment. We were pleased to discuss the importance of promptly resolving our trade dispute with China and ratifying USMCA with Secretary Acosta.U.S. equipment manufacturers are stepping up their advocacy activities in support of the Trump administration’s efforts to modernize and strengthen the 25-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and are calling on Congress to ratify the agreement as soon as possible.

KipI Make America, AEM's national grassroots advocacy campaign for the industry, is urging supporters to contact their elected officials to highlight the importance of USMCA to families and communities across the country and to call on them to ratify the agreement.

“With nearly thirty percent of the equipment manufactured in the U.S. designated for export, and Canada and Mexico being our industry’s largest export markets, ratification of USMCA is our industry’s top priority,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM’s vice president of government and industry relations. “Equipment manufacturers will work overtime to help the administration secure passage of USMCA by Congress this year.”

Once ratified, the agreement will preserve duty-free access to Canada and Mexico, our industry’s largest export markets. Last month, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) reported that the USMCA could create 176,000 new jobs and add more than $68 billion to the U.S. economy. 

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