by Whitney Flach
The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) announced the 2016 inductees into the AEM Hall of Fame, which recognizes and celebrates outstanding individuals in the off-road equipment industry, and their legacy of innovation, service and leadership.
The two distinguished inductees into the 2016 AEM Hall of Fame are Ray Hagie, founder of Hagie Manufacturing LLC, and Robert L. Vermeer, chair emeritus of Vermeer Corporation.
AEM Hall of Fame inductees have been evaluated by an independent panel of industry experts on five criteria that are vital to the health of the off-road equipment manufacturing industry. The criteria’s include innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility, and sustainability.
“AEM is proud and privileged to honor the pioneering individuals who have invented, managed, built and led the off-road equipment industry,” said AEM President Dennis Slater. “Their vision and dedication have contributed significantly to the growth and strength of our industry and economic progress and quality of life around the world; and their legacy serves as an inspiration for our leaders of tomorrow.”