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President Signs New Trade Agreement with Mexico And Canada To Replace NAFTA

President Trump, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto signed the new U.S. Mexico Canada Agreement — or USMCA — in Buenos Aires on Nov. 30.

The agreement provides increased requirements for automotive components to be produced in North America and follows more than a year of talks to update the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which supports about $1.2 trillion in annual trade among the three countries in the USMCA. 

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OSHA publishes crystalline silica Frequently Asked Questions for general industry

On Jan. 22, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning the agency’s final rule regulating occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica in general industry.

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CastExpo 2019: Metalcasting success starts here

It’s three years in the making: North America’s largest metalcasting trade show and congress. Now, CastExpo 2019 is nearly here.

Produced by AFS, CastExpo 2019 is April 27-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Thousands are expected to attend, making it the continent’s biggest gathering of the metalcasting supply chain in 2019.

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From the CEO: Technical and research leadership at AFS

Doug Kurkul is CEO of the American Foundry Society.

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AFS releases foundry wage and salary reports

The American Foundry Society has released a pair of reports detailing standard compensation practices in North American metalcasting plants. The reports can be used by foundries to attract and retain employees and negotiate union contracts.

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Exciting sponsorships available for CastExpo

A limited number of unique, high-profile sponsorships are available for North America’s largest metalcasting trade show and Congress, CastExpo 2019.

Offered exclusively to AFS Corporate Members, these sponsorships are great ways to reach the 6,000 foundry personnel, executives, purchasers and other attendees expected at CastExpo 2019, April 27-30 in Atlanta.

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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.”

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CINA exhibits are going fast! Act now to reserve space at CastExpo!

As momentum grows for CastExpo 2019, the continent’s largest metalcasting trade show and congress, exhibitors are asking for more space.  

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Apply for 2018 AFS Millionaires Safety Award – Deadline Jan. 18

Did your facility attain a million safe work-hours during 2018? Be recognized for this significant achievement by applying for the 2018 AFS Millionaires Safety Award.

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Trump Administration Unveils Waters of the U.S. Rule Replacement

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers unveiled their replacement to the Obama-era 2015 Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) Rule.

The proposed new rule appears to provide a much more reasonable approach to the limits of Clean Water Act jurisdiction for waters of the U.S.  However, AFS said the details of the new rule require careful review to determine how it will impact metalcasting operations. 

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