AED News

AED Urges Provincial Premiers to Deem Construction Industry “Essential”

March 20, 2020 9:52 pm

In letters delivered today to Canada’s ten Premiers, AED’s President & CEO Brian P. McGuire urged them to designate the construction industry, including companies that sell, rent and service construction equipment and related supplies, as essential businesses that should continue to ensure important infrastructure assets can be built and maintained while fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

As governments continue to deal with COVID-19, imposing shutdowns and other measures, it’s imperative that vital economic sectors, like the construction industry, are deemed “essential” and allowed to continue operations. It’s equally important that the companies that supply and maintain the equipment and related supplies are allowed to remain open to serve customers and ensure Canada’s crucial infrastructure is built and maintained.

To view the letters, click here.

Contact AED’s Senior Director of Canadian Engagement Mike Dexter with questions or input.

Ensure Your Company is an “Essential Business” in Your State

March 20, 2020 7:56 pm

States are currently racing to determine what industries and companies will be permitted to remain open when COVID-19 shutdowns occur.

The federal government recently issued guidance for states outlining “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.” These guidelines were announced by the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA). Please note that these guidelines are advisory to states and localities, not mandatory. While some states may specifically reference CISA’s guidance, others are likely to make their own determinations.

You should review these guidelines, and similar requirements as issued by your state. Regarding the CISA guidance, equipment dealers likely fit into more than one category, including:

“Workers who support the operation, inspection, and maintenance of essential public works facilities and operations, including bridges, water and sewer main breaks, fleet maintenance personnel, construction of critical or strategic infrastructure, traffic signal maintenance, emergency location services for buried utilities, maintenance of digital systems infrastructure supporting public works operations, and other emergent issues.”

According to CISA, these guidelines are intended to be construed broadly. We’ve been told the document will be altered and amended by the federal government and is not in the final form. However, this guidance may be used by state and local officials, and interpretations could vary by locality.

AED continues to work with CISA on its guidance. Earlier today, AED joined other construction organizations urging the Trump administration and governors to recognize that the entire construction industry and companies that support it should be deemed “essential”.

What Should You Do?

AED members must continue to weigh-in with state governments to ensure the industry is deemed “essential.” Yesterday, AED joined the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and the Equipment Dealers Association to urge state governors to recognize the essential role that the entire equipment industry, including equipment manufacturers, suppliers, distributors, and service technicians, play to support critical infrastructure projects.

We recommend that you forward the letter (to download the letter for your state, click here) or any of the letters linked below to your governor’s office.

Also, it’s crucial that your customers understand that even if construction workers are deemed “essential” that doesn’t necessarily mean that the companies that sell, rent and service the equipment will be categorized similarly. Consequently, contact your customers and local customers groups (local AGC, ARTBA, etc., chapters), to urge them to also weigh-in with governors to ensure companies that supply the vital equipment, parts and services can continue to operate.

To view the letter to the League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, click here.

To view the letter to the National Governors Association, click here.

To view the construction industry letter to President Trump, click here.

Contact AED’s Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel B. Fisher with questions or input.

AED Tells Mayors, Governors to Keep Construction Projects Going

March 20, 2020 1:21 am

Earlier today, AED delivered letters to national organizations representing mayors, local elected officials and the nation’s governors urging them to allow construction projects to continue while highlighting the equipment industry’s integral role in building and maintaining our nation’s essential infrastructure.

In  to the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the National League of Cities, AED was joined by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), delivering the message that, “shutting down construction projects in cities and towns not only jeopardizes continued relief and prevention efforts surrounding COVID-19, but will also exacerbate an already dire situation with little safety or health benefit.”

AED delivered a similar  to the National Governors Association, imploring its members to reconsider halting construction projects across the country. Additionally, AED joined AEM and the Equipment Dealers Association in to all 50 governors stressing that equipment manufacturers, suppliers, dealers, and service technicians must be considered essential to economic continuity as governors continue to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic to protect the health and safety of all workers and residents.

In Washington D.C., AED has been working with business organizations to ensure lawmakers and the administration understand the importance of liquidity and access to capital for the equipment industry. AED  allied business organizations outlining tax modifications that will help provide liquidity for small-medium-sized companies.

AED members should pass along the letters to their mayors, city officials and governors with personalized notes telling your story about the impact that shutting down construction projects will have on your company and the importance of recognizing the essential nature of the equipment industry.

Stay tuned to AED communications and visit our  for the latest.

To view the letter to the League of Cities and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, .

To view the letter to the National Governors Association, .

To view the letters to each Governor, .

To view AED analysis of the paid family and sick leave from the recently passed Coronavirus legislation, .

Contact AED’s Vice President of Government Affairs  with questions or input.

Trudeau Unveils COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

March 19, 2020 1:12 pm

Dear AED Member:

Yesterday, the Canadian government announced a robust stimulus package to help stabilize the economy during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

These measures will provide up to $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses, plus $55 billion to meet the liquidity needs of Canadian businesses and households through tax deferrals to help stabilize the economy.

The initiatives are the first phase of stimulus designed to support incomes and keep cash in the economy. The government’s stated objective is to help individuals keep a roof over their heads and food on the table while working toward more sector-specific supports.

Highlights of the initial stimulus wave include:

  • Providing an Emergency Care Benefit of up to $900 bi-weekly for up to 15 weeks for income support to workers who are sick, quarantined or have been directed to isolate, but don’t qualify for Employment Insurance sickness benefits, who must stay home and do not have access to paid sick leave.
  • Giving eligible small businesses a 10 percent wage subsidy for the next 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer. Employers benefiting from this measure would include corporations eligible for the small business deduction, as well as not-for-profit organisations and charities. This will help employers keep employees on their payroll.
  • Allowing all businesses to defer until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that are owed between now and September 2020. This relief would apply to tax balances due, as well as installments, under Part I of the Income Tax Act. No interest or penalties will accumulate on these amounts during this period. This measure will result in businesses having more money available during this period.
  • Increasing the credit available to small, medium, and large Canadian businesses. As announced on March 13, a new Business Credit Availability Program will provide more than $10 billion of additional support to businesses experiencing cash flow challenges through the Business Development Bank of Canada and Export Development Canada. The Government is ready to provide more capital through these financial Crown corporations.

For a detailed analysis by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, visit http://www.chamber.ca/resources/pandemic-preparedness/rapidpolicyupdatecovid2020

AED will provide regular updates, including further information on how to apply for these programs and other measures the Canadian government takes to assist businesses to get through these unprecedented times.

Contact AED’s Senior Director of Canadian Engagement Mike Dexter with questions or input.

Senate Approves Coronavirus Relief Bill, Mandating Paid Leave

March 18, 2020 8:51 pm

Earlier today, the U.S. Senate approved legislation (the Families First Coronavirus Response Act), which already passed the U.S. House, which includes provisions to bolster unemployment insurance programs, provide access to free Coronavirus testing and mandate paid sick and family leave for employees. The president is expected to sign the legislation into law as soon as possible.

The sick and family leave mandates apply to companies less than 500 employees. For an AED analysis of these provisions, click here.

Further details on the sick and family leave provisions will be clarified in the coming days through federal guidance. AED will keep you updated as more details become available.

Today’s legislative action is expected to be followed by the passage of further measures, including a broad economic relief bill, that is expected to include provisions specifically targeted to small businesses.

The association continues, working together with other industry organizations, to engage Congress and the administration, primarily to ensure policymakers understand the importance of access to capital and liquidity for AED members.

U.S. Governmental Business Resources:

Contact AED’s Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel B. Fisher with questions or input.

AED Achieves Major Policy Victory as Canadian Parliament Approves North American Trade Agreement

March 17, 2020 10:59 pm

On March 13, the Canadian Parliament approved the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (“CUSMA” or “USMCA” in the United States), becoming the third, and final, North American country to ratify the crucial international trade accord.

The agreement is expected to take effect on June 1.

In response to Parliament’s actions, AED’s President & CEO Brian P. McGuire, who testified before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on International Trade about the agreement’s importance, issued the following statement:

“On behalf of the North American equipment industry, I commend the Canadian Parliament for thoroughly evaluating CUSMA and expeditiously ratifying the agreement. Particularly in light of current world events, North American trade certainty is vital. This agreement ensures that despite these unpredictable times, the United States, Canada and Mexico will have the certitude of a modernized free trade agreement, that will benefit equipment distributors, manufacturers and our customers.”

Canada’s ratification is a significant victory for AED, as the association closely engaged in urging CUSMA/USMCA’s approval in both Ottawa and Washington, D.C.

To view AED’s Alert Following McGuire’s Testimony Before the House of Commons, click here.

To view AED’s Statement Following Participation at the White House USMCA Signing Ceremony from January 29, 2020, click here.

To view AED’s CUSMA Letter Urging Canadian Members of Parliament to Support CUSMA from January 21, 2020, click here.

To view AED’s USMCA Letter Supporting U.S. House Passage from December 18, 2019, click here.

To view AED’s USMCA Support Letter to the U.S. Congress from April 9, 2019, click here.

To view AED’s Statement Urging Expeditious Consideration of the USCMA from Dec. 1, 2018, click here.

Contact AED’s Vice President of Government Affairs Daniel B. Fisher with questions or input related to the USMCA or other policy issues.

2019 Summit wins Trade Show Executive’s 2020 Fastest 50 awards… again.

March 16, 2020 7:43 pm

The 2019 Summit has once again placed in all 3 categories for Trade Show Executive Magazine’s 2020 Fastest 50 Awards.  These awards are given annually comparing net growth for shows from one year to the next.

The 2019 Summit has placed in the Fastest 50:
– By Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space Growth
– By Total Attendance Growth

The 2019 Summit has also placed in the Next Fastest 50:
– By Number of Exhibiting Companies Growth

Final standings placements will be announced later this year after their awards event schedule for May.  This is the 2nd consecutive time Summit has placed in the top 50 category for Net Square Feet of Exhibit Space (#18 in 2018) and 1st time Summit has placed in the top 50 category for Total Attendance Growth (#58 in 2018).

Congratulations to the entire AED staff on this achievement as a great team effort!

AED Alert: An Important Message From AED’s President & CEO Brian P. McGuire

March 15, 2020 10:05 pm

Dear AED Member:

The world, our governments, our industry and the association are in uncharted territory as we deal with the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, AED is here to provide guidance, updates and information to assist you through these uncertain times.

Resources

Please become familiar with the Center for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Interim Guidance for Businesses and Employers. The Canadian government also has resources available for businesses. The CDC, the Public Health Agency of Canada and your state, provincial and local health departments will have the most up-to-date resources regarding COVID-19.

Congressional Action

Late last week, the U.S. House approved legislation to address the pandemic (the Families First Coronavirus Response Act). The bill is aimed at mitigating the economic impact of COVID-19, including bolstering unemployment insurance and guaranteeing free Coronavirus diagnostic testing.

Additionally, the legislation requires private sector companies with fewer than 500 employees to provide two-weeks of paid sick leave (80 hours for full-time employees and this typical number of hours over two-weeks for part-time employees).

With certain exceptions (including possibly small businesses under 50 employees granted hardship waivers), the proposal also requires private sector businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide up to 12 weeks of paid family and medical leave. Employers are entitled to a tax credit for paid sick, family and medical leave under the legislation and the Treasury Secretary is provided with regulatory authority to help with cash flow issues, for example, waiving penalties on failing to deposit payroll taxes in anticipation of the credit.

The Senate is expected to consider and pass it this week for the president’s signature. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has released an analysis of the legislation, featuring examples and essential details.

The latest congressional action is expected to be the first of what will likely be several legislative packages related to COVID-19 and its fallout. AED, along with broader business groups, are engaging lawmakers to ensure meaningful assistance is provided to the nation’s job creators, particularly small-medium-sized companies, as Congress considers future efforts.

Upcoming AED Events

Please note that AED has canceled its annual Ottawa Parliament Hill Day, March 30-31, due to COVID-19. Stay tuned for decisions on future AED events as those judgements will be made on a case-by-case basis after studying the latest data on the outbreak.

Also, be on the lookout for online programming specifically for AED members on dealing with COVID-19 and its economic impact.

We’re Here for You

AED is standing by to help our members, however possible, during this challenging time. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to your Regional Manager or anyone on the association’s staff for assistance.

Sincerely,

Brian P. McGuire
President & CEO

AED Alert: McGuire Testifies Before Canadian Parliamentarians, Urges Swift Ratification of North American Trade Deal

February 27, 2020 4:08 pm

On February 26, AED’s President & CEO Brian P. McGuire testified before the House of Commons’ Standing Committee on International Trade about the importance of swiftly approving implementing legislation to ratify the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (“CUSMA” or “USMCA” in the United States).

Appearing via teleconference from AED headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., McGuire discussed the importance of North American trade certainty. He said, “By modernizing and strengthening the trade ties between the three countries, CUSMA will help restore predictability and trade certainty to North American equipment markets, creating an environment for greater investment, well-paying jobs and sustained growth.”

McGuire also emphasized the need for quick passage of the agreement stating, “We’ve advocated for a prompt resolution of these negotiations both in Ottawa and in Washington, D.C., and promoted the benefits of reaching a deal speedily in both countries to deliver business confidence, which is a key driver of new investment in the construction, energy and agriculture sectors.”

Highlighting the impact of disruptions to international trade on the industry, McGuire commented, “Efficient delivery of heavy equipment, machinery parts and services helps keep costs low for our customers—farmers, road builders, contractors and provincial and local governments, across the country. Delays in product delivery create inefficiencies that postpone major infrastructure projects that benefit Canadian citizens and commerce.”

AED has been actively involved with urging CUSMA’s approval in both Ottawa and Washington, D.C.

To view AED’s Statement Following Participation at the White House USMCA Signing Ceremony from January 29, 2020, click here.

To view AED’s CUSMA Letter Urging Canadian Members of Parliament to Support CUSMA from January 21, 2020, click here.

To view AED’s USMCA Letter Supporting U.S. House Passage from December 18, 2019, click here.

To view AED’s USMCA Support Letter to the U.S. Congress from April 9, 2019, click here.

To view AED’s Statement Urging Expeditious Consideration of the USCMA from Dec. 1, 2018, click here.

For more information about AED’s Government Affairs Program, AED PAC, the Public Policy Council (PPC) or other legislative/political issues, contact Daniel B. Fisher AED’s Vice President of Government Affairs at dfisher@aednet.org.

AED Alert: AED Demands Immediate Action to Rebuild America’s Crumbling Infrastructure

February 5, 2020 3:28 am

Brian P. McGuire, president and CEO of Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), issued the following statement after President Donald J. Trump’s State of the Union address on February 4, 2020.

“This evening, President Trump highlighted past policy successes and articulated his vision for America’s continued prosperity. Make no mistake about it, the future of economic growth, quality of life and international competitiveness in the United States hinges on providing long-term investments to rebuild our nation’s decrepit infrastructure.”

“AED calls on Congress and the administration to use the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement ratification process as a model and immediately work in a bipartisan, bicameral manner to provide the resources necessary to rebuild America. Further delay is unacceptable and leaders in Washington can no longer shirk their responsibility to act. The time has come for both parties to stop kicking the can down the road and work together on real infrastructure funding options.”

“The American people demand results and it’s time for talk and promises to finally turn into action by providing the essential investments needed to return the United States’ infrastructure to the envy of the world while laying the groundwork for decades of economic growth and prosperity.”

For more information about AED’s Government Affairs Program, AED PAC, the Public Policy Council (PPC) or other legislative/political issues, contact Daniel B. Fisher AED’s Vice President of Government Affairs at dfisher@aednet.org.

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