Non-Ferrous Founders' Society Benefits of Membership
The Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society has the unique ability to focus its attention on issues that really matter to non-ferrous foundries. That’s because all of its Board members are themselves the owners and top executives of non-ferrous foundries. At each Board meeting, the Board devotes part of its agenda to identifying current issues and concerns. These discussions often spur further ideas of what NFFS can – and should – do to help its members with their problems.
Even in a tough economy, the value of NFFS Membership continues to increase. That’s because the Society’s philosophy has always been to use its past success to create new programs and services to assist member foundries today and in the future. During the worst part of the recent economic downturn, the Society continues to add new programs to its Membership Benefits list, including:
- A semi-monthly electronic newsletter to help get important news out to members when it matters the most.
- A two-page GAC update bulleting on priority issues
- A monthly webinar series addressing various regulatory compliance topic and questions.
- A new 401K Multiple Employer Program (MEP) to give members and their employees access to new and enhanced retirement plan features at greatly reduced fees and administration expenses.
- Direct access to a new insurance program offering Workers Compensation and Liability coverages tailored to the needs of non ferrous foundries.
- A strategic partnership providing fully accredited ISO 9000, 14000, 18000, TS16949, AS9100 and Pressure Equipment Directive certificates to the metalcasting industry.
Effective Government Advocacy
Government Affairs Program Monthly Updates
The Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society was formed for the expressed purpose of representing the industry’s concerns to government agencies. Over the years, names and faces in Washington have changed, but the Society’s mission hasn’t. Time and again, the Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society has proven itself as an effective advocate for foundry industry interests and concerns.
The Crucible magazine
The Society's flagship publication is called The Crucible magazine. Published on a bimonthly basis, it features original management-oriented articles, news from within the metal casting industry, new product developments, and summaries of the important issues confronting non-ferrous foundries.
NFFScene Quarterly Regulatory Compliance Newsletter
NFFScene, written by NFFS in cooperation with Joseph A. Guimond & Associates, offers practical solutions to regulatory problems facing non-ferrous foundries. Acknowledged as one fo the most valuable information resources available to Society members, NFFScene translates regulations into plain English and tells foundry owners precisely what they must do, by when, and how to complete and file any necessary paperwork with the appropriate agency.
NFFSNotes Monthly Membership Newsletter
The societ's monthly member bulletin covers hot issues affective non-ferrous foundries. In addtion to monitoring current developments in Washingotn, NFFS Notes provides deadline reminders for Society programs and services, announcements of upcoming industry and Society meetings and seminars, regulatory and legislative notes, as well as general interest information for non-ferrous foundry owners and managers.
NFFS members-only Electronic Newsletter
The NFFS Electronic Newsletter is published twice per month, providing Society members with timely information and resources that affect thier businesses.
Business Trends Barometer Survey
The NFFS Business Trends Barometer is a survey that provides members a month-to-month accurate snapshot of the business levels in the industry.
Foundry Safety Training
NFFStar Self-Paced Safety Training Courses (on-line)
Unsafe Work Practices are Dangerous and Expensive. Foundry Training Courses Don't Have to be! These free on-line training programs are available upon demand! Topics include: foundry air contaminants, workplace emergency planning, electrical safety/arc flash, lockout/tagout, and lead hazards.
NFFSummit Monthly Conference Call
The NFFSummitis a monthly webinar and conference call exclusively for members of the Non-Ferrous Founders' Society. Held on the second Tuesday of every month, this on-line meeting enables NFFS members to engage in live discussions about OSHA regulations and other engaging topics.
NFFS Regulatory Compliance Calendar
In addition to written OSHA compliance templates, NFFS members receive an annual regulatory compliance calendar that includes useful forms and tips.
Foundry Safety Training Videos
Foundry specific safety training videos are produced by the California Cast Metals Association and distributed by NFFS. Available in both English and Spanish, the complete series contains thirteen videos averaging fourteen minutes in length.
ISO9000/Quality Management Systems
A complete, award-winning, ISO9001:2008 Quality Management System for cast metals facilities.
OSHA and EPA Regulatory Compliance Assistance
Written Regulatory Compliance Document Templates for Safety and Health
Reducing the burden that newly-enacted or expanded laws and regulations place upon foundries is the primary goal of many of the NFFS programs and services for metalcasters. The following written safety and health program templates can be used by NFFS members to help simplify compliance with many of the most common programs required within our industry.
NFFS Members-Only Regulatory Compliance Assistance and Hotline
Joseph A. Guimond & Associates has worked with NFFS members for over 25 years as OSHA and EPA Compliance Specialists. Skip and Martha Guimond are well known as industry experts in providing no-nonsense compliance assistance and advice. They are available to assist NFFS members with specific regulatory questions or problems via the NFFS Regulatory Compliance Hotline.
On-Site Safety and Health Improvement Program
The NFFS Safety and Health Improvement Program has been designed to review a foundry's safety and health programs, and to assist the foundry with evalulating them against the most recent OSHA enforcement efforts and interpretations, as well as identifying opportunities for improvement.
New Business Development Opportunities
Defense Casting Resources
As part of the American Metalcasting Consortium (AMC), NFFS has created a program known as the Procurement Solutions Network for Castings which assists metalcasters with government business opportunities while promoting cost savings for Department of Defense Procurement Agencies, particularly the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The system is comprised of three web-based tools: cast tooling database; the supplier database; and the foundry toolkit for government business which NFFS utilizes to identify and direct metalcasting solicitations in real time to foundries in possession of the critical tooling and/or with capabilities that match the required part.
Many NFFS programs and services are designed to offer a direct financial return on a company's investment in membership.