AEM urges lawmakers to reclaim U.S. infrastructure advantage
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), based in
Milwaukee, has released “The U.S. Infrastructure Advantage™,”
a report that outlines steps lawmakers should take to reclaim
the country’s infrastructure advantage.
With the U.S. currently ranked 11th in the world in infrastruc-
ture competitiveness, equipment manufacturers believe it is
essential to modernize and rebuild America’s core infrastruc-
ture network to retain the country’s position as the world’s
strongest economy. The report makes the case for a U.S. in-
frastructure system that supports the safe and efficient move-
ment of people and goods; provides connectivity between and
within rural and urban America; and fosters strong economic
growth and robust job creation.
“The United States once had an infrastructure system
that was the envy of the world,” said Dennis Slater, AEM
president. “Our infrastructure competitiveness and our
economic competitiveness are linked. This set of policy
recommendations … speaks to that connection and outlines
what government officials should be thinking about as they
consider future legislation.”
The report offers five key steps that
policymakers and infrastructure stake-
holders can use to ensure that policy
proposals help bolster U.S. infrastruc-
1. Focus on networks and systems.
2. Maximize use of smart technology.
3. Ensure rural-urban connectivity.
4. Expedite project delivery.
5. Provide adequate and reliable
The report also provides firsthand
perspectives from equipment manufacturers about the importance of infrastructure to the U.S. economy.
“Equipment manufacturers depend
on an efficient infrastructure system—
directly in their day-to-day operations,
as well as indirectly to sustain the economic health of other sectors that rely
on our industry,” added Slater. “They
also make the equipment that builds
and supports U.S. infrastructure construction and operation.”
The report was developed by a task
force of executives from the equipment
manufacturing industry following a
two-year process of discussion and engagement with a variety of infrastructure stakeholders.
Primetals to supply equipment
for Charter Steel to enter SBQ
straight bar market
London-based Primetals Technologies
has been selected by Charter Steel to
supply a cooling bed, cold shear, abrasive saws, stackers, banders, bar bundling, and banding machines to support
the steelmaker’s new cut-to-length,
special bar quality (SBQ) line as part of
an expansion to its Cleveland facility.
The company intends to introduce an
engineered bar product in sizes from
0.75 to 3. 25 in. dia. and bar lengths from
12 to 50 ft.
Primetals also will supply new
troughs, shears, water boxes, switches,
and stepless-reform and coil transfer
technology to upgrade Charter Steel’s
existing coiled rod and bar line. The coil
handling equipment will employ both
vertical and horizontal pallet systems.
The contract also includes a complete
mechatronic package with electrics and
automation for the new equipment.