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AEM is committed to providing its members with the latest industry news and most relevant insights into emerging trends affecting their businesses and impacting their bottom lines. The AEM Industry Advisor newsletter is the association's primary vehicle for sharing information on a variety of topics with its member audience, and it regularly includes feature-length articles focused on issues important to the construction, agriculture and manufacturing sectors.

As 2020 winds down, and AEM and its members look forward to 2021, here are some of the most-read articles of the year:

5 Manufacturing Trends to Watch in 2020 -- Both the immediate and long-term future of the manufacturing industry will be defined by the development of several ever-evolving and cutting-edge trends and technologies. This article provides insights into what they are, how they will grow over time, and how they will impact those within the industry – both now and in the future.

Equipped to Do More: Vermeer Focuses on Making a Positive Impact During COVID-19 Crisis -- This article details how, for Jason Andringa and his colleagues at Vermeer Corporation, a concerted effort to remain focused on what can be controlled has been critical to the Pella, Iowa-based equipment manufacturer and AEM member company’s ability to weather the now weeks-long COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on the organization’s operations. And while the circumstances have been challenging, Vermeer’s even-keeled, measured response to the crisis has served the company well.

Ag Economic Outlook: The Impact of COVID-19 on the Remainder of 2020 -- “Trying to figure out the true extent of COVID-19's impact is like staring into a deep, deep mist,” said AEM Director of Market Intelligence Benjamin Duyck. This article tries (and succeeds), though, detailing the factors that guide the ag industry's short-term future. 

Equipment Manufacturers, Suppliers, and Dealers Urge Governors to Deem Industry Essential During COVID-19 Pandemic -- This article details how, in the earliest days of the COVID-19 pandemic, AEM, Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), and the Equipment Dealers Association (EDA) urged governors to designate equipment manufacturers, suppliers, and dealers, and service technicians as “essential” to the economic continuity of the states.

A New Normal: How McElroy Manufacturing is Dealing with COVID-19 -- “It was like a week of Mondays.” In this feature piece, published in the earliest weeks of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sharon McElroy of AEM member company McElroy Manufacturing summed up what it felt like to head into the office to tackle an ever-changing set of challenging circumstances in the first few days of the COVID-19 pandemic.

VP Mike Pence Joins AEM Board to Address COVID-19, Deal Reached on “Phase Three” COVID-19 Legislation -- In late March, Vice President Mike Pence called into AEM’s Board of Directors Meeting to deliver an update on the work done by the White House Coronavirus Task Force and to thank equipment manufacturers for their response to the pandemic. This article details what the Vice President said to the AEM Board, including his thanks for embracing CDC guidelines to keep their employees and communities healthy and safe.

Primed for Success: Grote Industries Sees a Bright Future Ahead Despite Short-Term Uncertainty -- Leaders throughout AEM member company Grote Industries have been amazed at how flexible and resilient the organization has become in response to the challenges it faced in 2020. This feature article sheds light on the concerted effort by everyone within the company to remain positive, productive and focused on what they could control, which allowed Grote to continue to progress forward amid significant uncertainty.

AEM CEO Survey Finds COVID-19 Pandemic is Wiping Out Demand, Disrupting Supply Chain -- An April survey of AEM CEOs detailed the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on the economy, the industry, companies, supply chain and manufacturing operations, financial expectations, as well as the challenges faced and specific ways the federal government can keep equipment manufacturing strong and ensure the nation’s economic resilience.

A Chat With Doosan Bobcat's Steve Neva -- In an effort to highlight a long-time contributor to equipment manufacturing industry product safety and compliance, AEM conducted a Q&A article with Steve Neva, international standards and regulations manager at Doosan Bobcat. Neva spoke about how he got into the equipment manufacturing industry, his roles and responsibilities at Doosan Bobcat, his work developing industry standards, and much more.

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