APPLETON, Wis. — November 7, 2012 — Miller Electric Mfg. Co. and the ITW Welding companies of North America are pleased to announce that the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) has placed Miller among the elite ranks of the “I Make America” campaign’s Gold-level company supporters. The “I Make America” campaign encourages policymakers to fund investment in the nation’s aging infrastructure. This important effort will have a positive impact on manufacturers and communities in Wisconsin and across America.
“We commend Miller for achieving Gold status in the ‘I Make America’ campaign,” said Dennis Slater, president of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). “As a member of AEM, Miller 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.”
“Infrastructure investment is one of the engines that drive our growth,” said Tim Temby, president, Industrial Systems Group, Miller. “Miller and ITW support this campaign because we believe success is built on a sound foundation. Gold status shows the level of commitment we have to American manufacturing and infrastructure.”
“I Make America” Gold-level supporters like Miller have achieved participation benchmarks as industry leaders, including significant employee involvement; outreach to state, local and federal legislators; and promoting campaign sign-ups at trade shows and with allied trade associations. The “Miller: A Day in American Life” video tells the story of how Miller, our employees and our communities “make America.” There is a direct correlation between infrastructure spending, jobs, and economic prosperity.
According to the Department of Transportation, for every $1 billion invested in highways, 30,000 jobs are supported, while at the same time $6.2 billion of economic activity is generated. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, $2 trillion will be needed over the next five years to restore the U.S. infrastructure up to good condition.
AEM says the campaign has enlisted the support of more than 22,000 people nationwide, AEM’s 850+ member companies and industry organizations. To learn more about “I Make America,” visit www.IMakeAmerica.com. View short videos of employees and small business owners around the country telling the real-life stories of how manufacturing affects the national economy at www.ADayinAmericanLife.com.