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Rep. Loudermilk Visits Sakai for "I Make America" Event

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and Sakai hosted United States Representative Barry Loudermilk (Ga.-11) today for an I Make America event at Sakai’s facility in northwestern Georgia. The event, which featured a tour of the facility and a meeting with employees, highlighted the importance of American equipment manufacturing and celebrated the men and women who work hard every day to build a better future for themselves and their communities.

“Sakai America in Adairsville is one of those companies that help keep America the strongest and most competitive economy in the world. Without solid roads, which their equipment helps to build, our state and nation wouldn’t be what they are today,” said Congressman Barry Loudermilk. “I appreciate AEM and the men and women at Sakai America for an informative tour of your great facility.”

Rep. Loudermilk (Ga.-11) talked about the importance of the equipment manufacturing industry to Georgia’s economy and the need to promote pro-manufacturing policies to support the state’s 38,600 equipment manufacturing workers. Equipment manufacturers, like Sakai, also contribute $4 billion each year to the state’s economy.

I Make America, AEM’s national grassroots campaign, advocates for the policies that are critical to the industry’s long-term growth and prosperity. Earlier this year, AEM launched Year of Action, a groundbreaking initiative designed to educate and engage the 2.8 million men and women of the equipment manufacturing industry in support of pro-manufacturing policies.

“It was a pleasure to host Congressman Loudermilk to discuss the challenges and opportunities we have at Sakai and our overall industry. Right now, the bipartisan infrastructure bill represents a tremendous opportunity for us,” said Yasunori Azumi, President of Sakai. “The investment would upgrade our roads, highways and bridges and benefit everyone while securing jobs and the long-term growth for our industry.”

“Equipment manufacturers like Sakai make the products that help build, power, and feed Georgia,” said Kip Eideberg, AEM’s senior vice president of government and industry relations. “But they need our elected officials to advance pro-growth and pro-manufacturing policies to ensure that they can continue to compete and win in the global economy. We greatly appreciate Representative Loudermilk’s leadership on many of our industry’s top policy priorities, specifically supporting free and fair trade to help keep our industry competitive globally.”

Equipment manufacturers support 38,600 jobs in Georgia, contribute $4 billion a year to the state’s economy, and generate $259 million a year in tax revenue for Georgia.

If you would like to get involved with the I Make America campaign and help us advocate for the policies that are critical to the equipment manufacturing industry’s long-term growth and prosperity, please contact Wade Balkonis (


About Sakai
Sakai America assembles and sells a wide range of asphalt and soil compaction rollers, with headquarters in Adairsville, Georgia since 2001. Sakai was founded in Japan in 1918 for the manufacture and repair of diesel locomotives and engines. Over time, product lines evolved into what is now a premier line of oscillatory, pneumatic tire and high-frequency vibratory asphalt rollers for the paving industry and high-force vibratory soil rollers for job site and road-building.

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About AEM
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) is the North American-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 2.8 million jobs and contributes roughly $288 billion to the economy every year. AEM is headquartered in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with offices in the world capitals of Washington, D.C.; Ottawa, Canada; and Beijing, China.

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About I Make America
I Make America is the grassroots campaign of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), which advocates for policies that support manufacturing jobs and help America's equipment manufacturers compete globally.

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