AEM to host commerce department official at ConExpo

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers has invited Admiral Woody Sutton, U.S. Department of Commerce Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services, to attend ConExpo-Con/Agg 2008.

Sutton’s responsibilities at the commerce department include advancing the interests of the manufacturing and service sectors within the federal government, and focus on issues such as competitiveness, open markets and trade laws. AEM officials feel that ConExpo, as the largest North American trade show scheduled for 2008, is an opportunity for Sutton to see the size and scope of the construction equipment industry. Dennis Slater, president, AEM, says AEM officials will speak with Assistant Secretary Sutton on challenges equipment manufacturers face in the world marketplace, as well as the importance of free trade agreements and trade-friendly legislation. “Our industry’s companies, from large to small, rely on exports to offset softness in domestic business,” he said. “The ability to trade freely across borders is more important than ever in today’s economic climate.”

ConExpo-Con/Agg will be held March 11-15 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and will feature more than 2,000 exhibitors.