Non-ferrous foundries support underserved communities, promote environmental sustainability
Editorial by Jerrod Weaver, NFFS Executive Director:
Non-ferrous foundries play a crucial role in virtually every economic sector in the world. Everything from energy production to medical services lean heavily on our nation's non-ferrous foundries to provide the critical metal castings required to build our modern economy. What is less well understood is the significant contributions non-ferrous foundries make in supporting underserved communities and promoting environmental justice and sustainability across the country.
Non-ferrous foundries play a significant role in supporting underserved communities by providing job opportunities and contributing to the local economy in a meaninful way. These foundries typically employ workers who are skilled in manufacturing and related processes and often times provide a successful career path to individuals who may have limited access to other educational and career opportunities.
Furthermore, many non-ferrous foundries are located in communities that have historically faced economic challenges and may be disproportionately affected by trade policies that negatively impact the manufacturing sector. The U.S. Government's commitment to seeking advice and recommendations from trade associations, such as the Non-Ferrous Founders' Society, and their membership regarding the impact of proposed trade policies on underserved communities can help ensure that the economic benefits provided by non-ferrous foundries to these communities are preserved and enhanced.
In addition to the economic benefits, non-ferrous foundries also play a crucial role in promoting environmental justice and sustainability. These foundries recycle scrap metals and other materials, reducing waste and conserving resources, and ultimately generating value from materials that would otherwise be discarded. The nation's focus on advancing racial equity and supporting underserved communities can be complemented by promoting environmentally sustainable practices and industries which can benefit all communities and future generations.
Overall, non-ferrous foundries contribute to the United State's policy objectives by providing job opportunities and economic benefits to underserved communities while promoting environmental sustainability. It is time to recognize that our nation's non-ferrous foundries are not only a cornerstone of our modern econonmy but also provide real benefit to our country's underserved communities.