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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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Plan to Host a Plant Tour with Your Lawmakers over the August Recess!

Now is a great time to contact your lawmakers to invite them to tour your foundry! 

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Regulatory Notice: Some U.S. Foundries and Suppliers Must File New EEOC Form by Sept. 30

Many businesses, including some foundries and metalcasting suppliers, are required to submit additional employee data to the U.S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) by Sept. 30, 2019.

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AFS Comments on OSHA’s Powered Industrial Truck Regulations

As part of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s process to determine whether to initiate rulemaking to revise its powered industrial trucks standards for general, maritime, and construction industries, the American Foundry Society submitted comments. OSHA’s current regulations are “based on industry consensus standards from 1969,” the agency said in a press release.

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AFS announces 4 advocacy priorities for June 11-12 Fly-In

The American Foundry Society today announced its four top priorities for the June 11-12 Government Affairs Fly-In in Washington, D.C.

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U.S. raises tariffs to 25%, China vows retaliation

President Trump on May 10 made good on his decision to increase tariffs from 10% to 20% on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods, following setbacks in ongoing negotiations between the U.S. and China. The new tariffs are expected to be met with retaliatory measures from China.

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It's time to advocate for metalcasting

With hundreds of new lawmakers and congressional staff on Capitol Hill, it’s time to stand together as an industry. 

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Corporate Member senior VP speaks to House committee

James M. Proctor II, senior vice president and general counsel for AFS Corporate Member McWane Inc. (Birmingham, Alabama), testified before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Feb. 26. 

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Host a congressional visit at your foundry this spring

Metalcasters have significant opportunities in the next few weeks to educate congressional lawmakers about the importance of the industry.

These opportunities are Congressional recesses, April 15-27 and May 27-31, when representatives and senators are back in their states and districts, as well as during the June AFS Government Affairs Fly-In in Washington, D.C.

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AFS opposes proposed hike in costs to finance equipment and machinery

The American Foundry Society (AFS) opposes a Treasury Department proposal that would make it more expensive for manufacturers, including metalcasters, to finance the purchase of depreciable equipment by limiting interest deductions four years earlier than Congress intended.

Speaking up for the industry, AFS signed a coalition letter, organized by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), urging Treasury officials to reverse the proposed rule.

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