Kobelco USA honoured with AEM Pillar of the Industry award
KOBELCO Construction Machinery USA was recently honoured with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) prestigious Pillar of the Industry award. This award reflects the hard work and dedication Kobelco put forth to improve the business environment for the equipment manufacturing industry.
At the annual AEM conference, held Nov. 16–18 in Santa Barbara, California, Kobelco was applauded for its efforts in advocating pro-manufacturing solutions to elected leaders and voters, as well as its participation in AEM’s I Make America program. “AEM is proud to recognize Kobelco for its efforts this year to champion equipment manufacturing issues during a contentious election season,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “The Pillar of the Industry Award is a fitting way to honour Kobelco for serving as a foundation of our industry.”
To be eligible for AEM’s Pillar of the Industry award, Kobelco was required to meet a series of qualifications that captured the many ways in which manufacturers could advocate for industry issues. Kobelco achieved this status by: hosting an elected AEM official during the Grand Opening Ceremony of its U.S. excavator production facility, meeting with a Congressional Representative in Washington, D.C. and holding an I Make America signup event at its North American headquarters, among other criteria.
“Kobelco takes great pride in being an influence that shapes the manufacturing industry of America,” says Pete Morita, President and CEO of Kobelco USA. “Our commitment to educating the industry’s men and women on current manufacturing events helps support U.S. infrastructure and foster growth and development. We’re proud to partner with AEM and campaign for the policies that will strengthen our industry.”
The AEM is the North America–based international trade group representing more than 900 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utility sectors worldwide.