Galesburg Castings, Inc., an AFS Corporate Member (Galesburg, Illinois), hosted Representative Cheri Bustos (D-Illinois, right) for a plant tour and presentation on Tuesday, August 22. Representative Bustos serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the Agriculture Committee. Nick Fox (left), second generation owner of Galesburg Castings, discussed a host of issues impacting his foundry including: the importance of federal tax reform, workforce shortages, and the significant challenges of meeting OSHA’s new silica rule to Representative and highlighting the cost to his plant and to the entire metalcasting industry.
Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas, at right) visited Denison Industries August 18 for a plant tour and town hall-style meeting with the metalcasting facility's staff. Here he is shown with Denison Industries CEO Chris Norch (center) and County Judge Bill Magers. The representative's appearance was part of a 15-stop tour of businesses.
Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania (left) met with AFS Member Janis Herschkowitz, President & CEO, PRL Inc. (Lebanon, Pennsylvania) July 15, 2016, at a Roundtable Event sponsored by the Pennsylvania Chamber of Business and Industry.
Herschkowitz joined Sen. Toomey and 20 other Chamber members for a discussion about the federal tax code and economic growth in the state of Pennsylvania.
AFS President, Jeff Cook, Vice President Sales and Marketing, Eagle Alloy (Muskegon, Michigan) discussed the foundry process with Sen. Debbie Stabenow of Michigan on July 19, 2016. Sen. Stabenow visited Eagle Alloy as part of her small businesses tour.
AFS Vice President, Jean Bye, President and CEO Dotson Iron Casting (Mankato, Minnesota) and Nick Johnson, also of Dotson (center), provided a plant tour to Congressman Tim Walz of Minnesota on July 25, 2016. Congressman Walz presented the company with an I Hire Veterans certification at the end of the tour. Out of 140 Dotson employees, 25 have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Vice President Mike Pence visited Charlotte Pipe & Foundry (Charlotte, North Carolina) on August 23, 2016. While there Pence stressed the importance of trade and small business. He also toured the plant, walking around with employees and management.