MILWAUKEE, WIS. — In honour of Father’s Day, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame wants to recognize the families inducted, either together or over generations, and is accepting 2022 nominations until June 17.
Submissions can be made online through the Nomination Form – AEM | Association of Equipment Manufacturers. Milwaukee.
The most recent family induction to the AEM Hall of Fame are the Ferwerda brothers, Ray and Koop, inducted together in 2020 for inventing the Gradall hydraulic excavator.
Harry H. Barber (1993) was inducted for inventing the asphalt paving machine and co-founding of the Barber-Greene Company. His son H. Ashley Barber (1994) was inducted for his leadership as CEO of the same company.
A father-son team that started in the construction world, Joseph Cyril Bamford, founder and namesake of JCB, Inc. (1993) and son Lord Anthony Bamford (2008) were inducted 15 years apart.
One of the most family-oriented organizations represented in the AEM Hall of Fame is Bobcat, states an AEM release, adding the company is famous for its skid steer loaders which were invented by brothers Cyril and Louis Keller (1999) and originally manufactured and perfected by Melroe Manufacturing Company, founded by E.G. Melroe who was inducted, along with sons Les, Cliff and Irving, nephew Sylvan and son-in-law Eugene Dahl, in 2014.
“With 66 individual members, it amazes me that there are eight different families with multiple members in the AEM Hall of Fame,” said AEM president Megan Tanel in a statement. “Including the first father-son-daughter combination to be inducted, in Gary and Robert Vermeer and Mary Andringa of Vermeer. I look forward to incorporating new families of all kinds into the Hall of Fame this year and in the future.”
For more information visit AEM.org/hall-of-fame.
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