The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced the launch of "Equipped to Vote," a full-fledged digital campaign designed to engage, educate and mobilize the 2.8 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry leading up to the general election this fall.

"All things considered, we're confident we're coming back out of it." The way Matt McGowan sees it, there's really no overstating the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has on Cowin Equipment Company over the course of the past few months. No aspect of the organization went unaffected, forcing the Volvo CE dealer and Birmingham, Ala.-based company, which specializes in the distribution of heavy equipment for a variety of industries, to respond quickly and decisively.

Equipment manufacturers, now more than ever, are doubling down on efforts to communicate to lawmakers about the important role federal infrastructure investment should play as part of our national economic recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. At the outset of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, AEM sent a letter to President Trump and Congressional leadership urging them to include infrastructure investment in a government relief package.

As our member companies respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, they've told us their priority is to ensure their workers' safety and health while also obtaining access to the resources available to them to keep production going. After all, equipment manufacturers and our 2.8 million men and women are an essential part of our nation's frontline response to COVID-19.

A little bit of positivity can go a long way during the most trying of times. The way Jim Glazer sees it, the COVID-19 pandemic has presented a seemingly never-ending set of challenges and opportunities over the course of the last few months. However, in taking an objective approach to COVID-19, planning appropriately and – most importantly – viewing ever-changing circumstances through a positive lens, Glazer and his employees at AEM member company Elliott Equipment Company (Elliott) have been ready for whatever has come their way.

Over the past several weeks, AEM has developed a list of best practices based on what many of our member companies are doing to keep operations open while minimizing the risks associated with the COVID-19 pandemic. For those looking to either reopen or scale back their operations in the coming months, here are some of the actions and initiatives that can be implemented and shared with suppliers and partners, so as to help ensure a successful transition.

"It was like a week of Mondays." That's how Sharon McElroy summed up what it felt like to head into the office to tackle an ever-changing set of challenging circumstances in the first few days of the COVID-19 pandemic. From responding to the latest news and addressing employee concerns, to developing policies and communicating updated governmental guidelines, the vice president of marketing for Tulsa, Okla.-based AEM member company McElroy Manufacturing Inc.

In 2001, after years of cooperation, the Milwaukee-based Construction Industry Manufacturers Association (CIMA) and the Chicago-based, agriculture-focused Equipment Manufacturer's Institute (EMI) officially combined into today's Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM).

AEM announced the formation of a Health and Safety Task Force to guide its efforts in ensuring the well-being of exhibitors, attendees, industry peers and AEM members and staff at association-run exhibitions and events. Comprised of six association staff members, the task force will create a universal set of health and safety guidelines for the association to use in the planning and execution of all AEM meetings, conferences and seminars.

As a business leader, Jay Allen recognizes the importance of putting together well-conceived plans, projections and forecasts to position his company for sustained success over the long term. But every once in a while, a situation comes along where the best course of action calls for keeping it simple, staying calm and flexible and – at times – making decisions on the fly.

One mile across, seven facilities, and the need to grow their Pella, Iowa, plant physically to meet demand in a new market is where Mary Andringa found the company founded by her father, Gary Vermeer. That's when she was challenged by a board member to think about the problem sustainably, and not just build another building, as the company started entering the directional boring market, now a major business unit for Vermeer Corporation.