The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announces that Caterpillar Inc. has earned Gold Status for 2012, making it a Year-2 participant in the elite ranks of the I Make America campaign’s Gold-level company supporters. The company first achieved Gold status for its campaign activities in 2011.
I Make America is a grassroots campaign that was launched in September 2010 to dramatically improve American manufacturing policies to create more jobs in the U.S. and keep our economy competitive with other countries.
“We commend Caterpillar for maintaining its industry-leading Gold status in the I Make America campaign,” said Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). “As a member of AEM, Caterpillar exemplifies the commitment we need from all manufacturers around the country to send the message to Congress and the White House that our economy is in urgent need of a new manufacturing policy that will create jobs now and for the long term.”
"Caterpillar is proud to partner our ongoing advocacy efforts with AEM's I Make America campaign-- our employees, dealers, and customers all help make America every day,” said Stu Levenick, Caterpillar Group President of Customer & Dealer Support. “We will continue to work with AEM and all of our industry partners to keep the focus on growing U.S. manufacturing jobs, building America's infrastructure and getting the economy back on track. I encourage everyone in the manufacturing industry to find a way to weave I Make America into their advocacy efforts—we’ll need a strong, collective voice to continue to fight for the manufacturing industry, infrastructure investment, our employees and our communities.”
I Make America Gold-Level supporters are an important group of companies that have achieved participation benchmarks marking them as industry leaders. Benchmarks can include significant employee involvement; outreach to their state, local and federal legislators; promoting campaign membership at trade shows and with allied trade associations; and production of A Day in American Life video telling the story of how their companies, employees and communities “make America.”
The campaign has enlisted the support of more than 23,000 people nationwide, AEM’s 850+ member companies, and industry organizations.