The I Make America campaign made its first-ever stop at a Caterpillar, Inc. facility, stopping at CAT’s Lafayette, Indiana factory for a pre-Memorial Day event.
Caterpillar hosted an all-day event on the importance of voting this election season, and graciously included I Make America as part of that day’s activities. CAT workers had a chance to hear from Iraq War veteran and motivational speaker Jacob Schick, and visit the I Make America truck to play this year’s election video game about the manufacturing issues that matter this November.
CAT employees also had the chance to register to vote during the day’s festivities. AEM President Dennis Slater also spoke briefly to CAT employees throughout the day to encourage them to get involved on behalf of manufacturing issues. “We were thrilled to have I Make America be part of a day honoring service to the country and the importance of taking an active part in your community,” Slater said.
Caterpillar also arranged for a cookout during the day that raised money to support the Honor Flight program, a nonprofit that helps bring aging veterans (mostly of World War II) to Washington, D.C. to see memorials dedicated to their terms of service.
Caterpillar also unveiled their veterans’ wall, a permanent display in the facility that includes the names of 188 veterans from the facility who previously or currently work for Caterpillar.
The I Make America campaign’s visit to CAT was the program’s first in its history, and the fifth of the year as the campaign ramps up this summer.