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Sen. Pat Toomey and Reps. Bob Gibbs and Bill Huizenga Receive Metalcasting Eagle Awards at Government Affairs Conference

May 26, 2016

The American Foundry Society (AFS) presented Senator Pat Toomey (R-PA), and Reps. Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Bill Huizenga (R-MI) with the Metalcasting Industry Eagle Award during the industry’s Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. This award is presented annually to lawmakers who support Congressional policies that enhance the ability of U.S. metalcasters to innovate, create jobs and fight back against burdensome and costly regulations that hurt the industry.

“Metalcasters are great advocates for themselves, but we can’t go it alone,” said Doug Kurkul, AFS CEO. “It is critical for the metalcasting industry to have these policy makers in our corner fighting for our industry when it matters most.”

Over 65 metalcasters from around the country participated in the annual AFS Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C., on May 18-19 to learn about the critical legislative and regulatory issues facing the industry and then take metalcasting’s message to Capitol Hill. In total, metalcasters participated in more than 90 meetings with Congressional offices across 19 states, detailing the industry’s position on key issues.

“Now is as an important time as ever to be heard and represented on Capitol Hill,” said Doug Kurkul, AFS CEO. “Metalcasting and manufacturing in general is at a critical juncture and we need our voices heard loud and clear.”

The conference keynote speaker was Charlie Cook, who analyzed the 2016 presidential election and the current political climate. Cook is one of the nation’s leading authorities on U.S. elections and American political trends and has been featured on the ABC, CBS, and NBC evening news programs.

Additional presenters included:

  • Tom Slavin, Slavin OSH Group LLC, and Brad Hammock, Jackson Lewis, who presented an extensive update on OSHA’s Silica PEL Rule and the next steps for metalcasters.
  • Tressi L. Cordaro, Jackson Lewis, presented on OSHA enforcement issues facing metalcasters.
  • Joel Visser, Sidley Austin, Ross Eisenberg, National Association of Manufacturers, and Daniel Simmons, Institute for Energy Research, led an EPA panel with an update on greenhouse gas regulations for power plants and ozone.
  • William Malley and Don Baur, Perkins Coie, hosted a panel on the importance of rebuilding U.S. infrastructure, the passage of the FAST (Fixing America's Surface Transportation) Act and its impact on metalcasting, and the new EPA Law, Waters of the U.S.

To review issue briefs, presentations and industry priority issues covered at the 2016 GAC, visit

The American Foundry Society is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1896. With its headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., AFS provides members and consumers with information and services to promote and strengthen the metalcasting industry.

Left to right, Doug Kurkul, AFS CEO, Jeff Cook, AFS President, Eagle Alloy, U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and AFS Vice President, Patricio Gil, Blackhawk De Mexico