AFS outlines 2019 public policy priorities

WASHINGTON, D.C.  — Today, American Foundry Society CEO Doug Kurkul, AFS President Jean Bye, and Eric Meyers, chairman of the AFS Government Affairs Committee, welcomed the newly convened 116th Congress. 

“AFS looks forward to working with lawmakers to address important metalcasting legislative and regulatory issues in the coming year,” Kurkul said. “It’s important that both new and returning members of Congress understand and appreciate the unique value of the metalcasting industry to manufacturing and the U.S. economy.”

AFS members rely on a stable and balanced regulatory environment to grow their businesses, create jobs and produce the highly engineered castings that are essential to the manufacturing economy and national defense. During the next several months, AFS will meet with freshman lawmakers and their staffs to brief them on metalcasting industry challenges. AFS sent letters to all members of the House and Senate, welcoming them and inviting them to tour a metalcasting facility in their area. 

Policy priorities for AFS in 2019:

  • Investing in our nation’s critical infrastructure
  • Training the next generation of skilled technical workers
  • Aggressively combating unfair trade practices against the U.S. metalcasting industry
  • Protecting metalcasters from unnecessarily burdensome regulations

For more information on industry policy positions, please click here.

AFS members will engage with lawmakers at the 2019 AFS Government Affairs Fly-In, where they will advocate for these and other policies important to metalcasters during visits on Capitol Hill. The AFS Government Affairs Fly-In is June 11-12 in Washington, D.C.

The American Foundry Society is a dynamic technical and advocacy organization that serves and represents the $33 billion metalcasting industry. AFS is the only association serving the entire industry, including all metals and processes, with a three-part focus on advocacy, education, and innovation. AFS also publishes Modern Casting and Metal Casting Design & Purchasing magazines and presents Metalcasting Congress and CastExpo, the largest metalcasting trade events in North America. Founded in 1896, the organization is based in Schaumburg, Illinois, with an advocacy office in Washington, D.C. More information is available at