NASF Completes Successful Forum
Participating in the Washington Forum is an essential aspect of any government relations program. There is no better way to have your views and concerns heard in Congress then by having legislators hear first-hand from their constituents. Post event follow-up from industry leaders participating in the 2014 Washington Forum confirm that the event was both successful and productive. Over 80 participants representing 21 States, Belgium and Canada participated in the three day program that included informative sessions on TSCA reform policy, OSHA and the new HazCom rule, Nickelís global trends and impact on manufacturing and the small manufacturing agenda.
A special VIP reception held exclusively for Washington Forum participates was conducted at the Capitol Visitors Center with honored guest, Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth. Congresswoman Duckworth, an Iraq war veteran, served in the US Army as a helicopter pilot. As a woman combat Veteran serving in Congress, Duckworth discussed her new insight and hope toward meaningful political changes for the future.
Decision makers and legislators want to hear from their constituents. Mark your calendars for April 14-16, 2015 as we meet again with our federal lawmakers and show them how the nationís fiscal future and economic security depend on an improved climate for manufacturing.
Much more to follow in the months to come.
Outstanding Reviews for the Washington Forum
Finally, having the opportunity to meet with our state representatives with a group of our peers affords small companies such as mine to have a voice that normally only comes from that of a larger organization.
Doug Mangino, Accent Metal Finishing
NASF put on a very informative, coherent, timely and ambitious program that ran the gamut from Climate Change Trends in the Manufacturing Supply Chain to Federal Budget, Tax Cuts & Health Care and more.
Norm Plotkin, Executive Director MFANC/MFASC
The 2014 NASF Washington Forum was very interesting this year. It had a good mix of speakers from federal and state agencies along with consultants and lobbyists from the DC area, and they discussed a wide range of business and EHS (Environmental, Health and Safety) topics that affect the metal finishing industry. What I found most interesting came from the representatives from the Nickel Institute, because they gave some important environmental and safety updates concerning nickel plating and REACH.
Stephen Gaydos, Boeing