Equipment leaders honoured

The inductions took place at the annual AEM conference in Scottsdale, Arizona this week.The five men honoured were: Donald V Fites, former chairman and chief executive officer of Caterpillar; Sir Anthony Bamford, chairman and managing director of JCB; Jerome Increase Case, founder of the JI Case Machinery Company; Ronald M DeFeo, chairman and chief executive officer of Terex Corporation; and LeRoy G Hagenbuch, president of Philippi-Hagenbuch.The association said candidates were judged by an independent panel of industry experts and supporters on how well they exemplified five guiding principles: innovation, industry contributions, leadership, corporate citizenship/social responsibility and sustainability.The Hall of Fame was originally created in 1993 to honour the pioneering individuals who invented, managed, built and led the construction equipment industry. “We are pleased to continue the tradition of recognising individuals whose vision and leadership have contributed greatly to the growth and strength of our industry and of our quality of life,” said AEM president Dennis Slater. “Our inductees this year represent some of the most influential minds in the history of construction and equipment manufacturing.” Since its inception 15 years ago, more than 30 industry leaders have been inducted into the Hall of Fame.

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