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AFS Pushes For Key Provisions In Stimulus Package to Benefit Metalcasters

As Congress negotiates a third stimulus package, the American Foundry Society (AFS) has worked closely with the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce to ensure key provisions are included that could benefit metalcasters.

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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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COVID-19 Has Caused A Shortage Of Face Masks - What Can Foundries Do as They Face Shortages?

Foundries facing respirator shortages should take a critical look at how they can make their own supply last longer.

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AFS Compiles Changes to Tax Filing Deadlines Due to COVID-19

The federal government and several states have extended their deadlines to file and pay 2019 tax returns because of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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States Must Designate Metalcasting as Critical Manufacturing Sector

As states initiate work restrictions on business, AFS urges governors to ensure the metalcasting industry is designated as a critical manufacturing sector vital to critical infrastructure.

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Small Foundries in All U.S. States Eligible to Apply for Low-Interest Loans Due to Covid-19

The Small Business Administration announced it would offer disaster assistance loans for up to $2 million for foundries and other small businesses affected by the coronavirus. These low-interest loans are available to businesses that have sustained “substantial economic injury” due to the spread of the virus.

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AFS Urges Administration to Classify Metalcasting as Essential Industry

AFS continues to advocate for metalcasting during the COVID-19 crisis facing the U.S. and the metalcasting supply chain. On Friday, March 20, AFS sent a letter to Vice President Mike Pence in his role leading the COVID-19 task force, asking the administration to identify foundries, their supply chains, and workers as essential when drafting and enforcing shelter-in-place rules during the pandemic.

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Congress Sends COVID-19 Response Bill to President, Implications for U.S. Metalcasters

The Senate approved a multibillion-dollar emergency aid package on Wednesday, March 18, to provide up to 12 weeks of paid sick and family leave for workers at companies with fewer than 500 employees, unemployment benefits, free coronavirus testing, and food and medical aid to people suffering from the results of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Cancellation of Metalcasting Congress 2020

After purposeful consideration, the American Foundry Society Board of Directors has made the difficult decision to cancel Metalcasting Congress 2020.

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AFS Urges Senate Passage of Energy Innovation Bill

The American Foundry Society said today it supports the energy package under consideration in the U.S. Senate, the bipartisan American Energy Innovation Act (S. 2657). A vote in the Senate could come the week of March 9.

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