Congress Seeks AFS' Views on Labor Shortages Facing Foundry Industry.
In February, AFS was asked to testify in two Congressional hearings regarding how the severe labor shortage is straining foundries across the country. Don Huizenga, AFS 2nd vice president and president and CEO of Kurdziel Industries, testified before the House Education Oversight Subcommittee on how foundries have been operating with a shortage of unskilled workers for the past 5 years. During his testimony, Huizenga described how the low unemployment rate combined with the lack of interest in manufacturing has compelled foundries to invest more resources into recruiting and retention efforts for hourly production workers. In another hearing before the House Small Business Committee, AFS member Chris Leto, Tampa Brass & Aluminum, discussed how the shortage of skilled workers, including patternmakers, machinists, moldmakers and technicians, is affecting small foundry operations. The Small Business hearing specifically focused on legislation before Congress that would offset the cost of training new workers by providing a tax credit to businesses with 250 or fewer employees that sponsor training programs.