Terex AWP Hosts "I Make America" Event | Construction News

Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP), a leading aerial equipment manufacturer, recently hosted an “I Make America” event at its Redmond, Wash. facility. The event featured elected officials to highlight how manufacturers contribute to their surrounding communities and the national economy.

Terex AWP executives, elected officials including Congresswoman Suzan DelBene, Redmond Mayor John Marchione, and leaders of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) participated in a factory tour, rally, and barbecue luncheon to pay tribute to how Terex AWP helps “Make America” every day.

Congresswoman DelBene told a group of Terex AWP team members, “You can’t ‘Make America’ without making smart investments in an efficient and functioning infrastructure system. I believe our national infrastructure is the backbone of our economy and investing in infrastructure is among the most effective ways to create jobs. For every $1 billion we spend on new transportation, energy, and water infrastructure projects, we create tens of thousands of good-paying jobs.”

Karen Stash, Terex AWP's senior director of global marketing and product management, said, “The visit from the ‘I Make America’ team and our VIP guests coincided nicely with an end-of-quarter celebration for our team members in Redmond. We enjoyed a barbecue, and team members learned how their individual contributions at work make a direct impact on improving the nation. They, in essence, are ‘making America.’”

“I Make America” is a nationwide campaign organized by the AEM to call attention to the contributions of companies like Terex, and to engage their employees in telling those stories to elected leaders to help convey the importance of public policies in keeping manufacturing strong. I Make America and its 40,000+ supporters advocate for pro-manufacturing solutions like passing a long-term highway bill and pro-manufacturing trade legislation. 

According to AEM, about one in six private sector jobs in the U.S. depends on  manufacturing. 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 so that our economy keeps pace with other countries.