The equipment manufacturing industry is looking forward to working with President Trump, according to Mike Haberman, 2017 Chair of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and president of Gradall Industries, Inc.

"On behalf of the $159 billion U.S. equipment manufacturing industry, I want to congratulate Donald J. Trump on officially becoming the 45th president of the United States," he said, following Trump's inauguration. "Our industry is excited to get to work with President Trump on shared priorities, from rebuilding America’s infrastructure to reforming our burdensome tax and regulatory systems.”

A "unifying figure"

Haberman said he hoped Trump would serve as a “unifying figure” who will craft bipartisan solutions to the country’s problems.

“We have high hopes for the Trump administration because he made clear during his campaign his intention to revitalize manufacturing in America. We agree. To do so, we hope he will support direct investments into our infrastructure, help to reform our corporate tax code, and streamline regulations.”

Haberman also said that Trump should focus on preserving the ability of manufacturers to compete globally.

Global markets, rural voters

"We also know through experience that the success of the equipment manufacturing industry is tied to our ability to access global markets... And he should take steps to assist his many voters in rural America by protecting and expanding programs that support farm income.

"AEM and its members stand ready to work with President Trump over the next four years to advance these shared priorities and truly help make America great again."