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AFS Opposes EPA Regulation of Greenhouse Gases, Says Congress Must Do It The American Foundry Society

(AFS) sent a letter on May 19 in sup- port of a congressional resolution that opposes regulation of greenhouse gases by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). AFS agrees with the resolution (S.

J. Res. 26), sponsored by Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), that EPA should not be authorized to regulate greenhouse gases. Fifty-two of the society’s corporate members also signed the letter. AFS believes the bill that would authorize such regulation, the Clean Air Act, is an inefficient and ineffec-

tive vehicle to address climate protec- tion and that Congress solely should address greenhouse gas emissions. EPA’s regulation of greenhouse gas emissions would permit the agency to determine what energy sources will be used and how much energy will be used by whom, without regard to the impact on jobs in the U.S., price of electricity, natural gas and gasoline, economic growth and national security. “If the U.S. were to take this step unilaterally, the metalcasting industry would be at a severe disadvantage to

CMI Awards Villers, Inducts Directors At CastExpo’10 in Orlando in March,

the Cast Metals Institute (CMI) pre- sented its Michael J. Trzecinski CMI Award to Walter Villers, presi- dent, Moraine Valley Engineering Corp., Palos Hills, Ill., for his contribution to CMI as an instructor and faculty member. Villers has served as

Walter Villers

professor of engineering at Moraine Valley Community College, Palos Hills, Ill., and instructor at Northern Illinois Univ., Dekalb, Ill. He is CMI’s primary instructor in the areas of basic blueprint reading and geometric dimension- ing and tolerancing. CMI also inducted its

new officers and two incoming directors at CastExpo’10. The new CMI chairman is Ste- phen Sauer, corporate metallurgist and tech sales, Carpenter Brothers Inc., Milwau- kee. Timothy Purcell, technical sales repre- sentative, Porter War- ner, Arlington, Texas, is the vice chairman, and Kelley Kerns, technical manager, Fairmount Minerals, Benton Har- bor, Mich., is the im-

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unregulated foreign competition—par- ticularly from China—further damaging the profitability of U.S. metalcasting facilities and threatening domestic manufacturing,” said Jerry Call, AFS executive vice president.


AFS Cosponsors 2010 Government Affairs Conference More than 125 attendees repre-

mediate past chairman. The current class of

CMI directors are: • Jerry Call, executive vice president, Amer- ican Foundry Soci- ety, Schaumburg, Ill.;

• Kevin R. Crawford, president, Casting

Kelley Kerns Concepts LLC, Chelsea, Ala.;

• Eric Hasselmann, vice president of sales & marketing, Century Pacific Foundry Ltd., Surrey, British Colum- bia, Canada;

• Henry W. Lodge, president, Lodge Manufacturing Company, South Pittsburg, Tenn.;

• Timothy G. McMillin, director of mar- keting & product development, Fair- mount Minerals Ltd., Chardon, Ohio;

• Leigh Omer, foundry manager, Fresno Valves & Castings, Inc., Selma, Calif.;

• Stephen H. Reynolds, foundry gen- eral manager, Lufkin Industries, Inc., Lufkin, Texas;

• Michael L. Selz, sales manager com- mercial casting, Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Co., Charlotte, N.C.;

• Jeff Sorenson, foundry manager, Neptune Technology Group, Tallas- see, Ala.;

• Jerry Thiel (newly inducted), profes- sor, Univ. of Northern Iowa Metal Casting Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa;

• Wil Tinker (newly inducted), presi- dent, Tinker Omega Mfg., Spring- field, Ohio.


senting the metalcasting industry gathered to emphasize the need for policies that spur economic growth and improve U.S. manu- facturing’s competitiveness at the Metalcasters Alliance for Government Affairs Conference, held May 5-7 in Washington, D.C. The event was cosponsored by AFS and the North American Die Casting Association. Economist Peter Morici, pro-

fessor at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the Univ. of Mary- land, College Park, Md., was the keynote speaker, offering insight into the Capitol Hill economic, tax and trade agenda. During another session, Rep.

Jim Gerlach (R-Pa.) discussed the legislative agenda for the remainder of the 111th

U.S. Con-

gress and the need to highlight the importance of manufactur- ing in the current economic re- covery and to the U.S.’s national security. Attendees also heard presentations on pending legisla- tive and regulatory issues, as well as this fall’s election campaigns. “This year’s Metalcasters Alli-

ance for Government Affairs Con- ference was a great opportunity for the metalcasting industry to bring critical issues and concerns to Washington, D.C.,” said Jerry Call, AFS executive vice president. Conference participants met

with their lawmakers and key staff from 22 different states in more than 100 pre-scheduled meetings (continued on page 43)

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