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Industry's efforts pay off as Congress approves $2.6 million for metalcasting research.

The foundry industry's efforts over the past 1- 1/2 years were rewarded last month when Congress appropriated $2.6 million for metalcasting research.

Supported by a strong grassroots contingent, the Metalcasting Research Program provides funding for research to benefit the "nation's many relatively small foundries."

"The passage of this bill was a direct result of all segments of the metalcasting industry working together to make our voice heard in Washington," said Chuck Jones, executive vice president of the American Foundrymen's Society, Inc. "The industry stood together in support of this legislation and the industry won."

The Metalcasting Research Program provides for establishment of two National Metal Casting Research institutes, with each receiving $1 million in funding. The centers will be at the Univ of Northern Iowa and the Univ of Alabama/ Tuscaloosa.

The remaining $600,000 will be available for open competition. All funding must be matched by industry.

The U.S. Dept of Energy (DOE) will administer the funds with the assistance of an industry advisory board.

The nine-member board will include five representatives from industry and four members from the DOE.

This is a one-year pilot program retroactive to Oct 1, 1990. An advisory board will review the program at the end of the year.

Through the Cast Metals Coalition, industry groups ensured passage of the program by funding lobbying efforts and providing member and staff support.

Organizations involved in the Cast Metals Coalition include: AFS, the American Cast Metals Assn, the Casting Industry Suppliers Assn, the Investment Casting Institute, the North American Die Casting Assn and the Steel Founders' Society of America.
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Title Annotation:Industry News; metal castings industry
Publication:Modern Casting
Date:Dec 1, 1990
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