Statement by Bill Long, President and CEO, Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), and President and COO, Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA)
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) represents the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the United States and is a critical part of the American economy. More than 871,000 Americans are directly employed by the auto parts sector – a number that is up 19 percent since 2012. Our industry’s continued strength depends on a strong North American supply chain.
MEMA supports and urges the U.S. Congress to pass the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) without delay. The USMCA will provide economic certainty and opportunity for manufacturing growth in the United States and throughout the region. This economic certainty is essential for U.S. suppliers to advance the safety and fuel efficiency technologies required to be competitive in the global mobility marketplace.
As the U.S. Congress moves forward with passage of the USMCA, MEMA will continue working with the Trump Administration to resolve U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum imports from Canada and Mexico and to clarify the implementation rules governing the agreement. MEMA strongly supports passage of the USMCA as it will serve as a catalyst for further manufacturing and job growth in the United States.
The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA) and its four specialized divisions comprise a leading international trade association in the fast-changing mobility industry. Representing vehicle suppliers that manufacture and remanufacture components, technologies, and systems for use in passenger cars and heavy trucks, MEMA works to ensure that the marketplace and public policy support the development of advanced, transformative technologies that enable safer, smarter, and more efficient vehicles. By directly employing more than 871,000 Americans and generating a total employment impact of 4.26 million jobs, MEMA’s member companies are part of the largest sector of manufacturing jobs in the U.S. MEMA’s members are represented through four divisions: Automotive Aftermarket Suppliers Association (AASA), Heavy Duty Manufacturers Association (HDMA), Motor & Equipment Remanufacturers Association (MERA), and Original Equipment Suppliers Association (OESA). For more information on how MEMA is leading transformation in the mobility industry, visit www.mema.org.
Based in North Carolina, HDMA is the Commercial Vehicle Division of the Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association (MEMA), a major industry association with a forward looking strategy and a 115-year legacy of advocacy for the motor vehicle supplier industry.
A member driven organization, HDMA provides industry leadership for NAFTA based original equipment and aftermarket suppliers in the on and off-highway commercial vehicle equipment industry. This is accomplished through a range of services to its more than 200 member companies, which represent direct employment of nearly 200,000 in their US facilities.
For more information, visit www.hdma.org or www.mema.org.