I Make America Harley Tour stops at Manitou Americas (Monday!)

I make america logoA nationwide campaign to press Congress to support pro-manufacturing policies will roll through West Bend, Wis. on August 11 when the I Make America Harley Tour stops at Manitou Americas from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

The custom-painted 2014 Harley-Davidson Road King has been on the road this year to advocate for public policies that advance the interests of employees, communities and companies of the equipment manufacturing industry. The I Make America Harley has crisscrossed the heartland over the past few months and will place a special emphasis on the need to pass a long-term highway bill while lawmakers are back in their states and districts during the August recess.

At each stop, eligible employees and attendees of the event can sign up for a chance to win the custom-designed bike; the winner will be announced at AEM’s Annual Conference in November. The I Make America Harley Tour is part of the I Make America campaign, a broader advocacy effort by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). So far, I Make America has registered over 36,000 grassroots supporters of pro-jobs manufacturing policies.

“I Make America was created to be a force for positive change in the equipment manufacturing industry,” said Dennis Slater, AEM President. “Economic conditions in America remain a challenge and we need our government to partner with us to advance pro-manufacturing policies that address those challenges. I Make America is our platform to spread awareness and maximize our voice in Washington, D.C.”

According to AEM, about one in six private sector jobs in the U.S. depends on the manufacturing base. Congress can help to create business conditions that will grow the economy and U.S. manufacturing jobs by encouraging infrastructure investment, protecting U.S. farming and increasing American exports for our economy to keep pace with other countries.

“Our company produces some of the industry’s most innovative equipment with a long-standing legacy of quality and durability, said Dan Miller, CEO of Manitou Americas and president of the Manitou Group CE-Compact Equipment Division. “It is an honor to promote American manufacturing and support AEM’s efforts to draw attention to critical issues affecting the manufacturing business. We proudly join AEM on their I Make America Harley Tour as we make our corporate headquarters a ‘tour stop’ on August 11, 2014.”

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