About AFS and Metalcasting

Advocacy for the Metalcasting Industry

AFS is the voice of the metalcasting industry in our nation’s capital and works to enhance the legislative and regulatory climate for it members. The society evaluates proposed federal legislative and regulatory actions, testifies before committees and agencies, and aggressively advocates and educates government officials about the industry’s top concerns and priorities. 

With AFS' team of advocacy professionals located blocks from the U.S. Capitol, the society works directly with elected officials, congressional staff and government agencies. This work delivers a bottom-line impact for AFS members. For more information, contact the AFS Washington Office at 202-452-7135 or ssalmon@afsinc.org.


Pictured here is AFS member Nick Fox, Galesburg Castings (center), with U.S. Rep. Cherri Bustos (left, D-IL) and U.S. Rep. Richard Neal (right, D-MA), ranking member, House Ways and Means Committee.

Fox participated in a federal tax reform town hall with the Quad City Chamber of Commerce and Rep. Bustos and Rep. Neal.  Fox and the Quad City Chamber of Commerce. The representatives said they support tax reform that would apply to smaller foundries like AFS corporate member Galesburg Castings. Because of the OSHA Regulation on Silica, foundries are likely to be forced to spend millions on federal regulation annually. Tax reform could help offset steep compliance costs imposed by OSHA.  


AFS corporate member Oil City Iron Works (OCIW) of Corsicana, Texas, recently hosted a plant tour for Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Representative Joe Barton (R-TX). Pictured, left to right, Eric Meyers, president of OCIW, Senator Cornyn, and Congressman Barton.

Priority Issues

Government Affairs Solutions

AFS is your voice in Washington to work with Congress, OSHA and EPA. With our team of advocacy professionals located blocks from the U.S. Capital, AFS works directly with elected officials, congressional staff and government agencies to promote the interests of the metalcasting industry.

  • Through the chapters and state metalcasting associations, dissemination of critical information at both the Federal and local levels.
  • Priority and discounted registration for the annual Government Affairs conference, offering scheduled face time with political leaders.
  • Advocacy on both legislation that affects metalcasting today and research & development dollars to support the future of the industry.

For more information, contact Doug Kurkul, AFS CEO, 847/827-7722.


2017 Tour with Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-PA).

During the week of April 22, AFS member company Buck Co, Quarryville, PA hosted freshman lawmaker, Congressman Lloyd Smucker (R-PA). This foundry produces ferrous and non-ferrous castings.  The congressman made a small casting with the Foundry in Box!  He serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure and House Education and the Workforce Committees.


Congressman Smucker with Matt Sullivan, President, Buck Company (left to right).
 


Congressman Smucker with Matt Sullivan, President, Buck Company and Mark Broich, Executive Vice President, Buck Company.
                   

Matt Sullivan and Congressman Smucker discuss metalcasting process with unidentified worker in background.


Pouring a casting - Staffer, Matt Sullivan and Congressman Smucker.