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Lake Oroville, ARTBA Study Underscore Public Safety Crisis

February 15, 2017 8:59 pm

Brian P. McGuire, president and CEO of Associated Equipment Distributors, issued the following statement regarding the situation around Northern California’s Lake Oroville and a new study by the American Road & Transportation Builders Association that found nearly 56,000 bridges across the country are structurally deficient. For his full statement on the Lake Oroville crisis visit http://bit.ly/2lLbCKq.

“The new ARTBA analysis underscores the need for sustained and substantial investment in our nation’s infrastructure. Whether it’s a decaying dam, a crumbling bridge or an inadequate electrical grid, Americans are depending on an outmoded infrastructure network, placing public safety and welfare at risk. The time for leadership in Washington is long-overdue. The quality of life for all Americans hangs in the balance as partisanship overshadows good policy and Congress delays on making decisions to invest in our country’s long-term future.”

Lake Oroville Crisis Underscores Need for Leadership in Washington

February 13, 2017 3:00 pm

Brian P. McGuire, president and CEO of Associated Equipment Distributors, issued the following statement regarding the crisis developing around Northern California’s Lake Oroville amid severe flooding and the failure of an emergency spillway to adequately control increased water levels.

“On behalf of AED, our thoughts and prayers are with the citizens and first responders of Northern California as they deal with the terrible situation around Lake Oroville.  For those that don’t live in the areas impacted, the crisis should serve as warning to all of us.  Years of underinvestment in our nation’s infrastructure have forced all American’s to rely upon structurally deficient dams, spillways, levees, bridges, and tunnels, putting at risk public safety and welfare.”

“We know our nation’s infrastructure continues to crumble, yet our leaders in Washington put off tough decisions to the detriment of the American people.  When will Congress worry less about their reelections and more about the lives that are at risk due to decades of woefully inadequate infrastructure funding?  Today it’s a dam in California, tomorrow it could be a bridge in South Carolina or a tunnel in New York.  Make no mistake about it—failure to lead in Washington is leading to an infrastructure system on life support and putting people in harm’s way.”

AED Alert: EPW Committee Dives into Infrastructure Policy

February 6, 2017 2:18 pm

On Feb. 8, the Senate Environment & Public Works (EPW) Committee will hold a hearing to study the state of United States infrastructure.

The panel’s examination comes on the heels of a Feb. 1 House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee hearing on the same topic, featuring testimony from Mary V. Andringa, AED member Vermeer Corporation’s Chairman of the Board, and the leaders of FedEx Corporation, Cargill, BMW North America, and the AFL-CIO.

Witnesses on Feb. 8 will include a mix of state and local officials.

While congressional leaders and the Trump administration are prioritizing rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, action speaks louder than words.  The industry must engage to ensure all the infrastructure chatter turns into a robust, long-term investment bill.  The AED/EDA Washington Fly-In on April 4-6, in Washington, D.C. is the opportunity to join your equipment industry colleagues to urge action on the issues important to your company.

More information about the hearing, including testimony, additional background information, and link to live webcast, will be posted here by the EPW Committee as it becomes available.

AED Joined Industry Partners to Urge Highway Investment

February 1, 2017 5:03 pm

A collection of organizations – including the AFL-CIO, AASHTO, APTA, ARTBA, NAM and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce – plan to send a letter to Trump today urging his administration to prioritize making the Highway Trust Fund solvent as part of his infrastructure package.

“It is critical that your infrastructure plan not only encourages greater participation from the private sector in infrastructure projects and reduces needless red tape, but also provides real revenue for the Highway Trust Fund that will help the users and beneficiaries of America’s transportation and freight network,” the groups say in their letter. “Private financing, while important and needed, cannot replace the role of public funding and federal leadership.”

AED Member Vermeer Corp. Testifies Before T&I Committee

January 31, 2017 8:59 pm

On Feb. 1, the House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee will hold a hearing to examine the challenges facing our nation’s infrastructure and solutions to address the situation.

Witnesses include Vermeer Corporation’s Chair of the Board Mary V. Andringa. Vermeer Corporation is an AED member organization. Andringa will testify about the importance of a modern transportation infrastructure on the economy and the need for a long-term, robust funding mechanism. In addition to Andringa, the leaders of FedEx Corporation, Cargill, BMW North America, and the AFL-CIO will also participate.

The Trump administration cites rebuilding our nation’s crumbling infrastructure a top priority. However, to make increased, long-term investment a priority, Congress must act. And Congress will only act if you, the voter, engage. Infrastructure investment, tax, workforce development, energy, and regulatory policy will be the focus of the AED/EDA Washington Fly-In on April 4-6, in Washington, D.C. Register now and help make the case for the policy issues important for your company and the industry.

More information about the hearing, including testimony, additional background information, and a link to the live webcast, will be posted here by the T&I Committee as it becomes available.

AED’s McGuire: Chao Confirmation Puts Us Closer to Infrastructure Solution

January 31, 2017 6:32 pm

Brian P. McGuire, president and CEO of Associated Equipment Distributors, issued the following statement following the Senate’s confirmation of Elaine Chao to be U.S. Secretary of Transportation. 

“AED congratulates Elaine Chao on her confirmation to serve as President Trump’s Transportation Secretary.  Unfortunately, Secretary Chao is inheriting an untenable situation—a neglected transportation infrastructure and a Highway Trust Fund that’s set for insolvency.  After years of underinvestment, Secretary’s Chao’s leadership is needed more than ever to implement President Trump’s bold infrastructure vision.”

“The construction equipment industry is ready to rebuild the country.  Our leaders can’t sit by and watch our nation’s infrastructure continue to crumble, our international competitiveness suffer, and economic growth sputter, as the federal government continues to put off tough decisions for the next generation.  I’m confident that with Secretary Chao at the helm of the Department of Transportation, we’re one step closer to a bold, innovative plan to rebuild America.”

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AED is an international trade association representing companies involved in the distribution, rental, and support of equipment used in construction, mining, energy, forestry, power generation, agriculture, and industrial applications.  More information is available at www.aednet.org.

 

A New Chapter for AED Advocacy

January 30, 2017 3:48 pm

AED Announces The Next Chapter of the Association’s Government Affairs Program

As the next step in the evolution for AED’s government affairs program, Daniel Fisher, who currently resides as senior director of government affairs for AED, will soon take on the leadership role as vice president of government affairs for the association.

Fisher, will become an employee of AED effective Jan 30. As of that date, Obadal, Filler, MacLeod & Klein (OFM&K) will cease to represent AED.

Prior to joining AED’s leadership team, Fisher served as senior managing associate at OFM&K, where he provided client advocacy services, public policy counsel, and strategic advice on legislative and regulatory matters. In this role, he also specialized in transportation (aviation, surface), tax, trade, energy, water infrastructure, workforce development, and other policy issues impacting construction equipment markets and business operations.

Fisher has significant Capitol Hill experience, including serving as a Senate Judiciary Committee counsel for Sen. Arlen Specter, where he was on the legal team that handled the confirmation of two U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

We thank Christian Klein and OFM&K for their dedicated and excellent service for so many years. We look forward to Daniel joining our AED team and building upon past successes as the association’s advocacy program continues to be the voice of the construction equipment industry in our nation’s capital.

Associated Equipment Distributors
Attn: Daniel Fisher
1201 15th St. NW, Suite 220
Washington, DC 20005

Read the full press release here.

Download Mr. Fisher’s headshot here.

Download Mr. Fisher’s bio here.

Trump Infrastructure Project List Details Priorities

January 27, 2017 2:19 pm

Several national news organizations have circulated a document purportedly listing the Trump administration’s top infrastructure priorities from across the country.

The 50 projects, which are estimated to cost $137.5 billion and create more than 193,000 job, would be funded by both public and private sources.

While neither the Trump administration nor the President’s transition team have claimed to be the source of the document’s creation, the National Governor’s Association has insisted its origin was within the Trump team.

Nonetheless, all of the projects listed are important to the United States’ infrastructure and will create substantial construction equipment market activity.  Consequently, the construction equipment industry must engage early and often to ensure the promises of a $1 trillion infrastructure package become a reality.

Robust, long-term infrastructure investment will be a focus during the AED/EDA Washington Fly-In on April 4-6, in Washington, D.C. Register now and help ensure these projects and more receive the funding needed to put your equipment to work!

The AED Foundation Raises Record $85,000 In Support Of Career and Technical Education

January 24, 2017 3:01 pm

The AED Foundation Raises Record $85,000 In Support Of Career and Technical Education
Foundation Awards and Live Auction Round Out Successful Gala

The AED Foundation today announced the final tally for their annual Fundraising Gala held last week at the Untitled Supper Club in Chicago-a record breaking $85,000. The funds will support The AED Foundation sponsored Career and Technical Education programs and cutting edge research on workforce issues. “I’d like to thank all of our sponsors, board members, host committee and other donors who made this event possible,” said AED Foundation President Robert Henderson. “The AED Foundation has a critical mission to ensure the future success of the heavy equipment industry.”

The Foundation focuses on three primary areas:

Accreditation-The AED Foundation programs set the National Criteria for Construction Equipment Technology College Programs.

Career Promotion– The AED Foundation programs offer not just job training, but long-term career pathways and continuing education.

Research-The AED Foundation funds the research that backs up its claims on the importance of workforce development and shares that data with legislators, educators, the media and other stakeholders. The latest study by the College of William & Mary released last week can be accessed here: AEDFoundation.org/dealer-resources.

The Gala also afforded The AED Foundation the opportunity to recognize key leaders within the organization.

The LESTER J. HEATH, III AWARD given in honor of Lester Heath, the first President of The AED Foundation, to an individual demonstrating outstanding contributions to the Foundation through involvement and support of Foundation activities including training, accreditation and workforce development was given to Mr. H. E.  (Ed) Kirby, Jr., President of Kirby-Smith Machinery.

The FOUNDATION CHAMPION AWARD in recognition of distinguished service or merit of a manufacturer or service provider that has provided significant contributions to the workforce goals of The AED Foundation was given to Caterpillar Inc. and accepted by Anthony Fassino, Region Manager for Caterpillar and AED Foundation board member.

The FOUNDATION PARTNER AWARD in recognition of distinguished service or merit of a manufacturer or service provider that has provided significant contributions to the professional education goals of The AED Foundation. It was given to Komatsu America Corp. and accepted by Mike Hayes, Director Distributor Development for Komatsu America Corp. and AED Foundation board member.

AED is an international trade association representing companies involved in the distribution, rental, and support of equipment used in construction, mining, energy, forestry, power generation, agriculture, and industrial applications.  More information is available at www.aednet.org.

The AED Foundation enhances the success of member companies by encouraging continuous learning, by providing educational opportunities for today’s employees, and by improving the availability and quality of equipment industry employees in the future. More information is available at aedfoundation.org.

AED Congratulates New Congress, Outlines Legislative Priorities

January 3, 2017 11:11 pm
On January 3, Associated Equipment Distributors’ President & CEO Brian McGuire delivered a letter to the 115th Congress urging action on the construction equipment industry’s legislative priorities.  The letter’s delivery coincided with the commencement of the new congressional session.
McGuire wrote, “Equipment distributors are ready for Congress and the administration to put partisan differences aside and immediately work together to enact growth-inducing, job-creating policies to ensure the country’s economic vitality for decades to come.”  McGuire also outlined the association’s tax reform, infrastructure, workforce, energy, health care, and regulatory priorities.
Be sure to attend next week’s AED Summit & CONDEX in Chicago to hear more about the association’s public policy agenda and the threats and opportunities with the new Congress and administration.  Also, mark your calendars for AED’s 2017 Washington Fly-In on April 4-6.
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