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Rep. Cheri Bustos Tours Galesburg Castings

August 24, 2017

August 24, 2017--Galesburg Castings Inc., an AFS Corporate Member (Galesburg, Illinois), hosted Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-Illinois) for a plant tour and presentation on Tuesday, August 22.  Bustos serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as the Agriculture Committee.

Nick Fox, 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 and highlighted the cost to his plant and the entire metalcasting industry.

Galesburg Castings produces gray and ductile iron castings for the agricultural sector. It is the only Global Tier 1 supplier in its area of Western Illinois, supplying both John Deere and Kinze Manufacturing overseas.

After the tour, Fox presented the congresswoman with bookends customized with her name. 

AFS reminds its members that plant tours provide an excellent opportunity to invite federal and state lawmakers to visit facilities, meet your employees, and gain a better understanding of the metalcasting industry. AFS members who are interested in setting-up a plant tour with their member of Congress can contact Stephanie Salmon, AFS Washington Office, at 202-452-7135 or


Galesburg President Nick Fox (left) talks about his foundry operations with Rep. Cheri Bustos during a plant tour.