WINN, MI – The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) honored Morbark, Inc., with its “Pillar of the Industry Award,” reflecting Morbark’s work to improve the business environment for the equipment manufacturing industry.

Morbark was recognized at AEM’s annual conference, held November 2 -4 in Florida, for its efforts in 2015 to advocate for pro-manufacturing solutions to elected leaders and for their participation in AEM’s “I Make America” grassroots program.

“AEM is proud to bestow our Pillar of the Industry Award to Morbark to recognize their efforts to go above and beyond their daily business and become a champion for our entire industry,” said President Dennis Slater. “Because of their commitment to pro-manufacturing solutions, Morbark does stand as a ‘pillar’ that helps support the foundation of our entire manufacturing economy.”

“At Morbark, we take great pride in the equipment made in our Winn, Michigan, manufacturing facilities, as well as all products built in the United States. We want to do everything possible to create jobs and grow the American economy,” said Morbark President, Jim Shoemaker Jr. “AEM’s ‘I Make America’ campaign has provided us with an opportunity to empower our workforce and give them opportunities to contribute their voices to important issues before Congress that can directly affect the stability of their jobs and our country’s ability to compete globally.”

To be eligible for AEM’s Pillar of the Industry award, a member company must meet a series of qualifications that capture the many ways in which manufacturers can become involved in their communities and take action on state and national issues. Notable activities in which employees of Morbark participated include a legislative fly-in to lobby Michigan representatives for their support of legislation to reauthorize the funding of the EX-IM Bank and the passage of a long-term Highway Bill, as well as an “I Make America” supporter sign-up at the company’s summer family picnic.

AEM formally honored winners of the award at its annual conference in Key Biscayne, Fla. The awards coincided with the fifth anniversary of AEM’s successful “I Make America” campaign, AEM’s principal grassroots advocacy program, which engages AEM member companies and their employees to become champions for the industry on manufacturing issues.

About Morbark

Morbark, Inc., based in Winn, Mich., builds equipment that creates opportunities in the forestry, recycling, sawmill, bio-energy, and tree care markets. Innovating and manufacturing durable, high-performance equipment for more than 50 years, Morbark offers a full line of the whole tree and waste wood chippers, flails, brush chippers, horizontal and tub grinders, sawmill equipment, material handling systems, and more. Morbark equipment helps customers harvest, process, and convert wood and other organic waste materials into valuable, useful, and environmentally sound products.

About AEM

AEM is the North American-based international trade group providing innovative business development resources to advance the off-road equipment manufacturing industry in the global marketplace. AEM membership comprises 850-plus companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture, construction, forestry, mining, and utility sectors worldwide. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

About I Make America

I Make America is supported by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and its 850+ member companies. We are joined by the memberships of like-minded associations, American business owners, and citizens and local elected officials across the nation. To learn more about I Make America, visit us at www.IMakeAmerica.com. View short videos of employees and small business owners around the country telling the real-life stories of how manufacturing affects the national economy at www.ADayinAmericanLife.com.

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