CLAAS of America is proud to announce Leif Magnusson, President of CLAAS Global Sales Americas, has been elected as 2016 Chair of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). Magnusson succeeds John Patterson of JCB USA Group, and will serve a one-year term as AEM Chair. “Since becoming a board member in 2010, I have seen first hand the benefits AEM has on the industry,” said Magnusson. “I am honored to have been selected to serve as the AEM Chair and I look forward to a productive year with this organization.”

As the AEM chair, Magnusson will lead the AEM Board of Directors and work along side the other AEM officers and directors to provide direction and guidance for AEM services, activities and programs. Magnusson will continue to share his expertise on a variety of topics including public policy, equipment statistics, market information, and business development. AEM is a trade association that provides services for global, North American-based companies that manufacture equipment, products and services. Membership is made up of more than 850 companies from agriculture, construction, forestry, mining and utilities industries. For more information on AEM and membership services, visit


CLAAS of America Inc. offers a wide variety of technologically innovative tractor, combine, forage harvester, baler and hay tool products to provide growers optimum performance in the field. These premium equipment lines are designed by a dedicated engineering staff located at numerous worldwide factories focused on the production and design of harvesting equipment. The design, performance and reliability of this equipment have made CLAAS an international market leader. For more information, visit