May 11, 2023

Construction industry takes over Washington, D.C. as sector highlights US$1 trillion value

By Andy Brown18 May 2023

Heavy equipment manufacturers have been displaying their machines in Washington, D.C., US, to demonstrate the US$1 trillion construction industry's economic importance to the country.

Hosted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) in partnership with over 40 member companies and industry partners, including the American Rental Association (ARA), the Celebration of Construction took place on the National Mall.

In addition to being open to the public, organisers invited lawmakers, regulators and their staff to learn more about construction's efforts in innovation and sustainability and how the industry helps to drive the American economy.

More than 75 pieces of off-road construction equipment were on show. Hands-on displays include the latest in autonomous machines and renewable energy-powered products from exhibitors including Caterpillar, John Deere, Komatsu, and Develon.

"Develon was excited to be invited to participate in the 2023 Celebration of Construction event," said Todd Roecker, the company's Vice President of Growth Initiatives. "This not only provided us with a chance to promote our new brand but, more importantly, raised awareness of the importance of construction equipment safety."

Roecker joined a panel of industry leaders on Monday and addressed the issue of jobsite safety.

"Our industry can be a high-hazard environment, so providing safer jobsites through improved technologies on our equipment is an important step in minimizing these risks," added Roecker.

"We enjoyed participating in the special event and showcasing some of the latest technology for our wheel loaders.

"The 2023 Celebration of Construction was the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of this topic to key officials who can influence our industry."