Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), a leading aerial equipment manufacturer, recently hosted an “I Make America” event at its Redmond, Wash., facility featuring elected officials to highlight how manufacturers contribute to their surrounding communities and the national economy.
Terex AWP executives, elected officials including Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Redmond Mayor John Marchione, and leaders of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) participated in a factory tour, rally and BBQ luncheon to pay tribute to how Terex AWP helps “Make America” every day.
Congresswoman DelBene addressed a group of Terex AWP Team Members saying, “You can’t ‘Make America’ without making smart investments in an efficient and functioning infrastructure system. I believe our national infrastructure is the backbone of our economy and investing in infrastructure is among the most effective ways to create jobs. For every $1 billion we spend on new transportation, energy, and water infrastructure projects, we create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.”
“The visit from the ‘I Make America’ team and our VIP guests coincided nicely with an end of quarter celebration for our Team Members in Redmond,” said Karen Stash, Senior Director, Global Marketing and Product Management, Terex AWP. “We enjoyed a BBQ and Team Members learned how their individual contributions at work make a direct impact on improving the nation. They, in essence, are ‘making America.’”
“I Make America” is a nationwide campaign organized by the AEM to call attention to the contributions of companies like Terex, and engage their employees in telling those stories to elected leaders to help convey the importance of public policies in keeping manufacturing strong. I Make America and its 40,000 plus supporters advocate for pro-manufacturing solutions like passing a long-term highway bill and pro-manufacturing trade legislation.
According to AEM, about one in six private sector jobs in the U.S. depend 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.