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Industry Outreach Anatomy of a


Regulatory Success L


A small group of metalcasters achieved big reform in Michigan thanks to government outreach and combining efforts with other common-goaled industries. MIKE LENAHAN, FAIRMOUNT SANTROL, BENTON HARBOR, MICHIGAN


eg work has always been important when it comes to legislation. Each year, many from the metalcast-


ing industry make a pilgrimage of sorts to the AFS Government Affairs Conference in Washington, D.C. Any multi-year veteran of this conference will say it’s an emotional roller coaster every single year. Are they making a difference by attend- ing? Tose who do once or twice may not see any impact whatsoever, nor believe in its value. However, most of “the regulars” will tell you that, over time, attendees have been able to make a difference. Elected officials start to recognize members of the industry, and their staffers start to understand the industry better. Every once in a while, it is discovered a member of senior staff has a metalcasting connection. Only through extended dialogue and rep- etition can these types of things be learned, usually making for a much more personal discussion.


28 | MODERN CASTING April 2016


Alan Brink (right), Spring City Electrical Mfg. Co., speaks with Sen. Pat Toomey (R-Pa.) about issues important to the metalcasting industry in Washington, D.C.


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