The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and leaders of four equipment-manufacturing companies joined former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at a manufacturing plant in Pataskala, Ohio, to discuss ways to strengthen U.S. manufacturing in the global marketplace.
AEM member company business leaders from Ohio and Iowa shared their perspectives with Romney about the need for new manufacturing policies that would rebuild deteriorating roads, bridges and highways and help American manufacturers and farmers export their products to new and expanded markets around the world.
Romney spoke to employees at Screen Machine Industries (SMI), an American, family-owned manufacturing business that produces heavy equipment. SMI is a member of AEM and participates in the “I Make America” campaign to support manufacturing jobs.
In its effort to support America’s manufacturing sector, AEM launched a national grassroots campaign in 2010 called “I Make America” to give a voice to the men and women across the nation who work in manufacturing and agriculture. Thousands of people across the country have signed up to support this campaign, recognizing that infrastructure investment and export-friendly policies are two fundamental ways to generate economic growth and create jobs.
AEM member company leaders who participated with AEM in the discussion with Romney included:
- Steve Cohen, president, Screen Machine Industries Inc., Pataskala, Ohio.
- Dave Burdakin, president and CEO, Paladin, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Akron, Ohio.
- Mike Haberman, president, Gradall Industries Inc., New Philadelphia, Ohio.
- Ed Turner, president and CEO, Allied Construction Products LLC, Cleveland.