Aug 07, 2014

Nationwide Tour Stops at Manitou Americas to Rally for Long-Term Highway Support

Supporters Can Win a 2014 Harley-Davidson

Milwaukee, Wis.– A nationwide campaign to press Congress to support pro-manufacturing policies will roll through West Bend, Wis. on August 11, 2014 when the I Make America Harley Tour stops at Manitou Americas from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The custom-painted 2014 Harley-Davidson Road King has been on the road this year to advocate for public policies that advance the interests of employees, communities and companies of the equipment manufacturing industry. The I Make America Harley has crisscrossed the heartland over the past few months and will place a special emphasis on the need to pass a long-term highway bill while lawmakers are back in their states and districts during the August recess.

At each stop, eligible employees and attendees of the event can sign up for a chance to win the custom-designed bike; the winner will be announced at AEM’s Annual Conference in November. The I Make America Harley Tour is part of the I Make America campaign, a broader advocacy effort by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). So far, I Make America has registered over 36,000 grassroots supporters of pro-jobs manufacturing policies.

“I Make America was created to be a force for positive change in the equipment manufacturing industry,” said Dennis Slater, AEM President. “Economic conditions in America remain a challenge and we need our government to partner with us to advance pro-manufacturing policies that address those challenges. I Make America is our platform to spread awareness and maximize our voice in Washington, DC.”

According to AEM, about one in six private sector jobs in the U.S. depends 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.

“Our Company produces some of the industry’s most innovative equipment with a long-standing legacy of quality and durability, said Dan Miller, CEO of Manitou Americas and President of the Manitou Group  CE-Compact Equipment Division. “It is an honor to promote American Manufacturing and support AEM’s efforts to draw attention to critical issues affecting the manufacturing business. We proudly join AEM on their I Make America Harley Tour as we make our corporate headquarters a ‘tour stop’ on August 11, 2014.”

About I Make America

I Make America is supported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and its 900 member companies. We are joined by the memberships of like-minded associations, American business owners, and citizens and local elected officials across the nation. To learn more about I Make America, visit us at Keep up to date on the latest I Make America campaign news on Twitter @IMakeAmerica and on Facebook at

About the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) -
AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises more than 900 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.: Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

About Manitou Group

Manitou Group, THE Material-Handling Reference, is headquartered in Ancenis (West of France). Manitou Group designs, assembles and distributes material-handling solutions for agriculture, construction and industrial markets. The group reported in 2013 revenue of €1,176 million, of which three fourths outside France. Business is conducted under the Manitou, Gehl, Mustang, Loc and Edge trademarks, through 1,400 independent dealers in more than 120 countries. As of December 31, 2013, Manitou Group employed approximately 3,200 people of which 40% outside France.

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