AFS Looking Forward to Working with the 118th Congress

The American Foundry Society (AFS) today congratulated all of the newly seated members of the House and Senate in the 118th Congress.

“There are tremendous opportunities awaiting Congress and the Administration to ensure economic growth, address our nation’s workforce needs, adopt sound tax policies, combat unfair foreign trade practices, and adopt smart regulatory policies” said Doug Kurkul, CEO of AFS.

“AFS represents the nation’s metalcasting industry. Across the country, more than 1,700 metalcasting facilities provide the highly engineered castings that are needed by our manufacturing economy, with recycling an essential part of their business. More than 90 percent of durable goods include castings,” Kurkul noted.

“Together, the metalcasting supply chain has a $110.5 billion economic impact, paying $32.16 billion in wages and benefits,” he added. “The metalcasting industry accounts for 490,000 jobs when considering direct, indirect and induced economic impacts.”

AFS will be delivering its pro-manufacturing, pro-metalcasting policy agenda to policymakers later this month and will be following up with in-person meetings. AFS members will be hosting lawmakers for plant tours at their foundries. Additionally, members of the metalcasting supply chain will be gathering in the nation’s capital on June 20-21 for the AFS Government Affairs Fly-In to personally deliver these messages.

“On behalf of our 970 corporate members and 6,200 individual members, we look forward to working with lawmakers and the Administration to address these important opportunities,” Kurkul concluded.

The American Foundry Society is a dynamic technical and advocacy organization that serves and represents the $46 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 Casting Source 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