WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has launched Equipped To Vote, a national get-out-the-vote campaign to urge the 2.8 million individuals in the industry to register to vote as well as support pro-manufacturing candidates during the 2020 federal election.
The goal of the campaign is to “engage, educate, and mobilize manufacturing voters on the policies that matter to the equipment manufacturing industry, encourage greater civic engagement, and help elect pro-manufacturing candidates,” an AEM release said.
“The outcome of the 2020 election will have a significant impact on equipment manufacturers, the manufacturing sector, and the U.S. economy for years to come,” AEM senior vice-president of government and industry relations Kip Eideberg said in a statement.
“With equipment manufacturers responsible for one out of every eight manufacturing jobs in the United States, our industry has a duty to help our people make their voice heard and give them an opportunity to shape the outcome on Election Day. From infrastructure investment to free and fair trade, it is crucial that the 2.8 million men and women of our industry vote for candidates who will fight for pro-growth policies that allow the equipment manufacturing industry to prosper, grow the economy, and create family-sustaining jobs.”
Equipped To Vote is a partnership between AEM and its member companies and uses a series of interactive games and challenges to encourage civic participation while participants earn points toward weekly giveaways and a grand prize.
The campaign will highlight a specific policy priority each month leading up to the election in November. August’s theme is Free and Fair Trade, September is Infrastructure investment and October focuses on Rural America.
AEM government and public affairs committee chair and Terex Corporation president and CEO John Garrison said fair trade policies are vital to the continued health of the U.S. equipment manufacturing industry.
“Exporting equipment around the world is crucial to creating American jobs, helping communities succeed, and keeping the United States ahead of global competitors. Equipment manufacturers count on our elected officials to negotiate trade agreements that are fair and accountable, that create a level playing field, and that put American families and workers first,” Garrison said.
For more information on the campaign go to www.equippedtovote.org.