Important Message from NASF President, Rick Delawder

We are just a few weeks away from the highly anticipated NASF Washington Forum, taking place in Washington, DC on April 8 through 10. Given the importance of this event, we are writing to personally encourage you to join us as we learn about issues impacting our businesses and to represent our industry to lawmakers in Washington.

Your participation at this year’s event is critical. Right now Congress, EPA, the Department of Labor, and others are working on several issues that would have significant impacts on the surface finishing industry. These include potentially new requirements on metals and chemicals in manufacturing under new TSCA legislation, a major federal storm water rule, expedited union election rules and implementing new HazCom regulations as well as the Affordable Care Act, among others.

Join us and your fellow industry leaders as we attend briefings on these issues and more, and then deliver our message directly to our lawmakers on Capitol Hill. As the largest organization representing the surface finishing industry and its supply chain partners, it is vital that we use this opportunity to make our voices heard and advocate on behalf of the good work being done in our industry. It’s time to remind Washington that we are critical to the success of U.S. manufacturing, employment and the overall economy.

If you’ve never attended the Forum or it’s been a long time, this is the perfect year, particularly with the elections this fall. Yes, you DO have a voice and it will be heard if you attend this vital industry event. To register, please click here. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Christian Richter at or Jeff Hannapel at


Rick Delawder

Erik Weyls
Vice President

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Today’s Chemicals in Commerce Hearing on Capitol Hill: What Does it Mean for You?


Join Us at the NASF Washington Forum
April 8-10, 2014 | Washington D.C. | Ritz-Carlton, Pentagon City

Today the House Energy & Commerce Committee is holding a hearing on new draft legislation – the Chemicals in Commerce Act – to reform US laws affecting chemicals and metals in much of manufacturing across the nation. Do you know what is being said; or how you can help guide the conversation?

Join with fellow industry leaders for a day and half briefing and the opportunity to meet with our lawmakers on Capitol Hill, and show them how the nation’s fiscal future and economic security depends on an improved climate for manufacturing and finishing.

Presentation Highlights Include:

  • U.S. Chemicals Reform is Moving: Outlook for 2014
    Amy Duvall, American Chemistry Council
  • The NLRB, OSHA and Labor Policy: What’s Next?
    Brad Hammock, Jackson Lewis PC
  • EPA Water Issues: Finishing is on the Agenda Again
    Deborah Nagle, US EPA
  • Washington Outlook: Congress & the 2014 Elections
    Charlie Cook, Cook Political Report
  • Small Manufacturing & Taxes: NASF-PMA Collaboration
    Omar Nashashibi, The Franklin Partnership
  • The Federal Budget, Taxes & Health Care Where is Washington Headed?
    Andy Friedman, The Washington Update
  • NASF & the Nickel Institute – Global Policy Update
    Tim Aiken, President, The Nickel Institute – Brussels

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