SCHAUMBURG, IL-The American Foundry Society (AFS) board of directors has approved combining its federal government affairs services with the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA), effective July 1.

The collective effort will entail a coordinated, joint federal advocacy effort while maintaining each groups status as separate organizations, and will be called the Metalcasters Alliance for Government Affairs. The Metalcasters Alliance for Government Affairs will continue to be represented by Waterman & Associates, a Washington, D.C., firm. The three common issues that Waterman & Associates will continue to assist with include:

  • Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA)
  • Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA)
  • OSHA reform

    “We believe the combination of our organizations provides a stronger and more cohesive approach for delivering our industry’s message in Washington, D.C. For several years now, AFS and NADCA have been working cooperatively on several projects, including the Government Affairs Conference, research and the Metalcasting Congress, and look forward to working on more in the future,” says Jerry Call, AFS executive vice president.

    “This is a great opportunity to come together on common issues confronting the metalcasting industry at the Federal level. NADCA has worked closely with AFS on other efforts and both associations’ memberships have benefited. These are interesting times in Washington, D.C., and it will take all segments metalcasting and manufacturing to work together to inform the leadership on the practical implications of many of the legislative proposals,” says Daniel L. Twarog, NADCA president.

    In addition, a Web site has been created for the new alliance, disseminating the latest news and government updates, detailed information on priority issues and important government related links. The website can be located at