Hall of Firsts: AEM Hall of Fame Seeks to Break More New Ground
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers’ (AEM) Hall of Fame celebrates the men and women who create the equipment and technologies that build, feed, and power our world. Since its inception in 1993, the Hall of Fame has inducted 67 individuals who have broken ground, literally and figuratively, on the jobsites and farm fields of the world. AEM is seeking nominations for the 2023 induction ceremony, especially individuals that reflect the diverse and inclusive nature of the modern construction and agriculture equipment manufacturing industry.
“The oldest member of the AEM Hall of Fame, John Deere, was born in 1804,” said AEM President Megan Tanel. “A lot has changed since then and today’s technology would be unrecognizable to Mr. Deere. And the people that make this industry have also changed significantly. Today’s industry welcomes everyone, and the group of people we consider our most important contributors should reflect that.”
In 2014, AEM inducted its first Hispanic individual in Agustin “Gus” Ramirez, chairman of HUSCO International. Ramirez’s hydraulic innovations, along with his legacy of advancing education hydraulic research and technology (most notably with his funding of the “Agustin A. Ramirez/HUSCO International Distinguished Chair” position at the Georgia Institute of Technology) and the Ramirez Family Foundation’s funding of scholarships for both exceptional minority students and children of Husco employees.
“When I bought Husco, one of the things I said to each of our staff and each of the new members of our company was, ‘We will use Husco’s success to make the world better,” said Ramirez at his induction ceremony. “That’s something we live as a family, and something we live as a company.”
In 2019, AEM welcomed the first women into the Hall of Fame in Vermeer’s Mary Andringa. Andringa was recognized for her leadership in implementing lean manufacturing processes at Vermeer. Having started her career as an elementary school teacher, Andringa, like Ramirez, made education a focus of her activities as well.
With nominations for 2023 open, the AEM Hall of Fame is hoping to add another groundbreaker to its ranks.
The AEM Hall of Fame is accepting nominations for 2023 until Friday, June 16. To submit a nomination for consideration, click here to fill out the form, and tell us their story of innovation, industry contribution, leadership, and social responsibility.
AEM is the North America-based international trade group representing off-road equipment manufacturers and suppliers with more than 1,000 companies and more than 200 product lines in the agriculture and construction-related industry sectors worldwide. The equipment manufacturing industry in the United States supports 2.3 million jobs and contributes roughly $316 billion to the economy every year.