A congregation of associations

News September 14, 2001
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The memberships of the Equipment Manufacturers Institute (EMI) and Construction Industry Manufacturers Association (CIMA) have

The memberships of the Equipment Manufacturers Institute (EMI) and Construction Industry Manufacturers Association (CIMA) have voted to approve the consolidation of the two industry trade groups into one association. The new association will legally begin operation Jan. 1, 2002.


CIMA and EMI staffs and industry leaders are already coordinating implementation of a new organizational and administrative structure, and a new name for the association is under development and will be decided upon in the next few months.


EMI membership covers the construction and industial equipment sector as well as agricultural equipment and industry-sector service suppliers. CIMA members are manufacturers of construction machines and related equipment, components, parts and supplies as well as providers of industry-related services.


"We will now have an extremely powerful and unified presence to more effectively represent manufacturers and their interests, especially in dealing with government legislators and regulators," said EMI Chairman Robert Vermeer, chairman and CEO of Vermeer Manufacturing, Pella, Iowa.


"Our two associations have built a strong base of service, and the consolidation offers new opportunities to continue to meet member needs in today's competitive global marketplace," said CIMA Chairman Robert Fein, chairman and CEO of Stone Construction Equipment, Honeoye, N.Y.


With the consolidation, the membership will grow to nearly 800 companies, representing more than 200 product lines across the agricultural, construction, industrial and mining equipment industry.


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