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 2015 Government Affairs Conference a Success
   Clifford Smith  |  August 3, 2015

With a wave of new environmental and industry regulations pending for the industry,
metalcasters from around the country converged on the hill to provide important information to lawmakers and better inform them of the impacts from federal agencies. More than 75 metalcasters from around the country participated in the association’s annual Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. on June 2-3, 2015 to learn about the pressing legislative and regulatory issues facing the industry and take their message to Capitol Hill. The keynote speaker was chief political anchor and host Special Report for Fox News Channel, Bret Baier, who provided insights on the current state of Washington politics and the upcoming 2016 presidential election.

Tom McCormack, Eric Meyers, Tim Purcell, and Clifford Smith presented Representative
Joe Barton of the Texas 6th Congressional District with a bronze plaque

AFS members met with more than 85 congressional offices from 21 states. In their Hill
meetings, they discussed the following key issues and how they will impact metalcasters:

– EPA’s Power Plant Rule, Ozone Rule and Waters of the U.S.
– OSHA’s Crystalline Silica Proposed Rule
– Importance of Surface Transportation Reauthorization and Water Infrastructure
– Foundry Sustainability Efforts.

During the Conference, AFS unveiled a new Sustainability brochure, Sustainability Industry Sustainable Economy, which highlights some of the successful sustainability initiatives ongoing in the foundry industry from cutting waste, recycling, saving energy and many others.  

Representative Joe Barton speaking at the Capitol Hill Club

During the American Foundry Society’s Government Affairs Conference, three Representatives, Steve Chabot (OH-1); Joe Barton (TX-6); and, Fred Upton (MI-6, were awarded with the Metalcasting Industry Award at an evening reception on June 2. It is the highest recognition the organization grants members of Congress.

Bret Baier of Fox News with Clifford Smith at the GAC luncheon

This award is presented annually to those lawmakers who support policies in Congress that enhance the ability of U.S. foundries to create jobs and innovate, as well as those who fight back against burdensome and costly regulations that hurt our industry. This year all three members were recognized for their leadership in addressing Environmental Protection Agency related challenges that threaten the very foundation of the metalcasting industry, as well as their commitment to domestic energy sources and to reducing regulatory red tape. 

Eric Meyers and GAC attendees on Capitol tour

Congressman Joe Barton led the letter opposing the new Crystalline Silica proposed rule, gaining 55 signatures from other members.

The Texas delegation again had very successful meetings with house and senate members, as well as their staff. In addition to our scheduled meetings, some of the members attended a private capital tour with Congressman Joe Barton as well as a Washington Nationals Baseball game with some of the members of Congress.

I was given the opportunity and accepted the request to serve on the AFS Government Affairs Committee. I look forward to working with members throughout the country on key issues as well as continuing to promote the Metalcasting Industry with members of Congress and their staff.

Eric R. Meyers, President
Oil City Iron Works, Inc..