AEM to ask 2016 hopefuls at Iowa fair about manufacturing views

As the Iowa State Fair gets underway this week, the Association of Equipment Manufacturers will be there to ask presidential candidates who show up about their views on manufacturing.

“Iowa is an important state in presidential politics, and it’s important for AEM to have a strong presence at the State Fair on behalf of our 54 manufacturers who create and support jobs here,” AEM President Dennis Slater said. “So many of our industry’s products are designed and built right here in the Heartland, so it makes sense to introduce our tens of thousands of workers to the people running for president.”

AEM, a trade association whose 900-plus membership includes some of the biggest names in manufacturing, will urge Iowans to consider how candidates stand on issues that would boost manufacturing jobs in Iowa and across the country.

Iowa is the biggest producer of agricultural equipment in the country and the second-largest producer of construction equipment.

The state fair is the kickoff of a long-term effort to engage grassroots supporters on manufacturing issues between now and Election Day. After the state fair, Slater said AEM plans to invite candidates to member-company facilities and other opportunities as the election season progresses.

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