Susanne Cobey and Akio Takeuchi inducted into AEM Hall of Fame
During the final evening of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Annual Conference in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, two trailblazing figures who revolutionized product segments in the equipment manufacturing industry were inducted into AEM's Hall of Fame.
Akio Takeuchi, the visionary behind Takeuchi Manufacturing, and Susanne Cobey, the driving force as CEO of Eagle Crusher, were both inducted. Both are credited with spearheading innovative product segments.
"AEM takes great pride in welcoming Susanne Cobey and Akio Takeuchi to our Hall of Fame roster of esteemed industry leaders," said AEM President Megan Tanel. "They both serve as inspiration for the next generation to cultivate and pursue transformative ideas for the industry and the betterment of all.
"Akio Takeuchi's strategic leadership within the compact equipment market, coupled with his attentive approach to customer needs and product development, has notably pioneered a distinct industry segment," continued Megan Tanel. "Similarly, Susanne Cobey, confronted with challenges in the crusher industry during the 1980s, ingeniously used Eagle Crusher's technology to spearhead the pavement recycling sector, contributing significantly to concrete and asphalt waste reduction."
Akio Takeuchi (1933-) founder of Takeuchi Manufacturing
Akio Takeuchi has been part of the construction equipment industry for six decades. In 1963, at the age of 29, Takeuchi founded Takeuchi Manufacturing. Early on, he learned the value of listening to customers and understanding their needs. When a local business partner asked Takeuchi to create a new machine that would help his employees do their jobs faster, easier, and with less manual labour, he listened. The result was the world's first compact excavator. Since then, Takeuchi Manufacturing has presented more innovations, including the first offset boom excavator and the first compact track loader.
Today, Takeuchi Manufacturing continues to offer equipment designed to make short work of tough jobs. And Takeuchi still believes that when you put your users' needs first, sales and profits will follow. Takeuchi has not only built a solid, quality-driven compact construction equipment company, but he has also built a legacy.
Susanne Cobey (1951-) CEO of Eagle Crusher
Susanne Cobey joined Eagle Crusher Company in 1970 as a parts manager and quickly advanced through multiple ranks to become president and CEO in 1990.
Eagle Crusher has always been a manufacturer of heavy-duty crushing and screening equipment. But when significant industry changes in the 1980s impacted Eagle Crusher, Cobey spearheaded the commercial recycling industry in the United States, building the first U.S. commercial recycling plant, Eagle Crusher's Jumbo 1400, in 1984. Her innovations created a new product line for Eagle Crusher and a new U.S. industry.
Under Cobey's vision, the plant took crushing to a new level with its ability to process high volumes of aggregate, concrete, and RAP. These improvements saved innumerable tons of concrete and asphalt from landfills. A whole line of portable horizontal impactor plants soon followed, creating a boon for the aggregate crushing, recycled concrete, and RAP markets.
A female pioneer in a male-dominated industry, Cobey has dedicated herself to helping other women in the industry succeed. She has addressed the topic of women in the industry in numerous videos and news articles and serves as a keynote speaker and role model at many commencement addresses. She hopes that her experience inspires a new generation.
The AEM Hall of Fame
The AEM Hall of Fame has been recognizing luminaries in the agriculture and construction equipment manufacturing industry since 1993 and includes such names as Benjamin Holt (Caterpillar), Joseph Cyril Bamford (JCB), Jerome Increase Case (CNH Industrial), John Deere (Deere & Co.), Gus Ramirez (HUSCO International), and Mary Andringa (Vermeer). The induction of Takeuchi and Cobey brings the total number of inductees to 69.