Rowe helps ‘make America’

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers and Mike Rowe, creator and host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs,” launched “I Make America” in Washington, D.C., Wednesday.

 “I Make America” is a national grassroots campaign to promote U.S. manufacturing jobs through infrastructure investment and passage of export agreements.

Since 2001, more than 4.7 million manufacturing jobs have been lost, and this campaign looks to send a message to Congress showing the need for new manufacturing policies that will create jobs.

“America’s infrastructure is the connective tissue that keeps society out of the ditch,” says Rowe, founder of the site “Our roads, railways, runways and the stuff we can’t always see are falling apart around us. Fixing the infrastructure is a job that will have no end. But if we don’t get started, it’ll be the end of us.”

To see a video of Wednesday’s events, visit