Forward Thinking for Equipment Manufacturers:

An Interview with AEM President Dennis Slater,


Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). With over 900 corporations involved, AEM represents and serves equipment manufacturers worldwide, mainly in the construction and agriculture industries.
Dennis described his role as president as strategy focused. He works with the board of directors to say how AEM can best serve its members.

How AEM Advocates for its Members

Dennis and the AEM team visited the Iowa State Fair this past August to advocate for manufacturer needs to fair-goers as well as the politicians and presidential candidates in attendance. “The challenge in this industry is that we do good things – we build roads that make commerce possible; we feed the world because today’s ag equipment can produce the products we need – but, I don’t think politicians pay attention to that. By attending the Iowa State Fair, Dennis wanted to get AEM in front of the candidates to emphasize and advocate for the importance of manufacturing, the importance of construction and agriculture. Attending public and political events is just one way AEM speaks on behalf of manufacturers and the challenges they face.