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AEM is looking for its next Hall of Fame inductee

April 11, 2022  By  Don Horne

Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Hall of Fame recognizes the pioneers whose inventions, ideas, leadership and courage have contributed to the industry and the community’s quality of life.

And they are looking to add to the roster of inductees.

Since 1993, the AEM Hall of Fame (formerly CIMA Hall of Fame) has honoured pioneering individuals who invented, managed, built and led the off-road equipment industry that builds and feeds our world. Last year, the AEM Hall of Fame inducted Trimble, Inc.’s Bryn Fosburgh, co-developer of the real-time kinematic technology that allows the GPS receiver in your phone, excavator, or tractor to know where it is within inches and seconds.

“The world of equipment manufacturing is a diverse, interesting world. One need only look at the members of the AEM Hall of Fame, and their accomplishments, to see what I mean,” said AEM president Megan Tanel. “The 66 members of the AEM Hall of Fame are some of the finest representatives of the equipment manufacturing industry, and its contributions to our modern way of life. And there are hundreds more individuals who have contributed to our sector, and our world, awaiting their recognition.”


The AEM Hall of Fame inducted its first woman (Mary Andringa of Vermeer) in 2019, and its first Hispanic member (Gus Ramirez of HUSCO International) in 2014. Mary led Vermeer down the path of lean manufacturing success, using these practices to take the production time of one of their major products from 52 days down to just two. Gus’s dedication to hydraulic and other fluid power technologies at HUSCO has led the company to earning more than 100 patents since he took the helm, and the establishment of the HUSCO Chair of Fluid Power at Georgia Tech. Both have since gone on to show an uncommon dedication to education that continues to impact their communities.

Nominations are open until June 17, and can be submitted online at this link.

Mary and Gus aren’t the only representatives with diverse backgrounds that have contributed to the equipment manufacturing industry.  There are hundreds more stories yet to be told of women and men of every background, including African, Latino, Asian, Middle Eastern and others, that the AEM Hall of Fame is looking to lift up.

“The AEM Hall of Fame needs experts in the construction and agriculture equipment manufacturing industries to tell us those stories so we can,” states Tanel.

That’s why AEM asks everyone who can to submit a nomination to the AEM Hall of Fame of an individual who has enhanced the equipment manufacturing industry via innovation, contributions, leadership and corporate citizenship/social responsibility.

Nominations are open until June 17, and can be submitted online at this link. Tips for how to submit a nomination with a better chance of success are available here.

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