United States Vice President Mike Pence made it clear just how much he appreciates AEM, equipment manufacturers and the 1.3 million men and women who make America at a special I Make America event in support of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).

“I also want to thank this remarkable organization that’s helped bring us all together today from all across the state of Pennsylvania.  You’ve stood strong with this administration, helping us bring momentum in manufacturing.  You’re putting American jobs and American workers first.  So join me in thanking the leadership of the team at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers that proves every day that you make America.”

That is what the Vice President said when he spoke to 1,400 Manitowoc employees on a beautiful summer day at the company’s facility in Shady Grove, Pa. But the Vice President didn’t stop there. He recognized AEM’s role in promoting American manufacturing and expressed his appreciation to the association and our industry on Twitter.

Joining the Vice President was the Second Lady, Mrs. Pence, as well as acting U.S. Secretary of Labor Patrick Pizzella, and Congressman John Joyce (R-PA), who represents the 13th Congressional District of Pennsylvania. AEM President Dennis Slater and AEM Senior Vice Presidents Megan Tanel and Kip Eideberg represented the association and the equipment manufacturing industry as a whole.

Pence“The USMCA will be a home run for the 13th District and for the entire country, and I was honored to welcome Vice President Pence to Shady Grove to make the case for it,” said Congressman Joyce.“We received an incredible tour from the folks at Manitowoc, and it was clear that their state-of-the-art operation has played a key role in helping our manufacturing sector roar back to life since President Trump took office. The conversations that I had with Barry Pennypacker and his hardworking employees provided further evidence to me that the USMCA will help our manufacturing companies continue to prosper in the years to come. The USMCA needs to be the top priority for Congress when we reconvene in September, and I look forward to working with President Trump and Vice President Pence to get it across the finish line.”

And in case you missed it, on the day of the Vice President’s visit to Manitowoc, AEM President Dennis Slater penned an op-ed in The Herald Mail highlighting the importance of USMCA. “Not ratifying the USMCA would also cost the state billions of dollars,” he wrote. “Equipment manufacturers in Pennsylvania contribute over $5 billion to the state’s GDP each year. Without duty-free access to our industry’s largest two export markets, Pennsylvania’s equipment manufacturers would lose preferential access to their customers in Canada and Mexico.”

With Congress away for the August recess, the USMCA is expected to be one of the first issues lawmakers tackle when they return after Labor Day. In the meantime, AEM will continue to urge Democrats and Republicans to ratify the agreement.

To read more about the event and find out how you can help us advocate for the new trade agreement, please visit www.imakeamerica.org/USMCA.

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