The memberships of the Equipment Manufacturers Institute (EMI) and Construction Industry Manufacturers Association (CIMA) have voted overwhelmingly to approve consolidation of the two industry trade groups into one association. The new association will legally begin operation Jan 1, 2002. A name for the new association is under development and will be decided upon in the next few months.
EMI membership covers the construction and industrial equipment sector as well as agricultural equipment and industry-sector service suppliers. CIMA members manufacture construction machines and related equipment, components, parts, and supplies, as well as providing industry-related services.
With consolidation, membership will grow to nearly 800 companies, representing more than 200 product lines. The associations have a combined operating history of more than 190 years.
The Chicago IL and Milwaukee WI offices and staff of the two groups will continue to operate and serve as headquarters offices of the consolidated association. Separate divisions will address specific interests of agricultural and construction equipment manufacturers, with service groups created for these areas: technical and safety, statistics, government affairs, trade shows, education, international, marketing, product councils and bureaus, customer product support councils, and general administration.