Organizational History and Background
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Non-Ferrous Founders' Society History and Background

Established in 1943, the Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society (NFFS) is the principal North American Trade association representing aluminum, brass, and bronze foundries and ingot manufacturers. 

NFFS member foundries utilize virtually every casting process, including: sand; permanent mold; investment; continuous cast; centrifugal; and die-casting.  The principal metals cast in most non-ferrous foundries are aluminum and copper-alloys (brass & bronze), however some non-ferrous foundries may also pour magnesium, zinc, and other non-ferrous materials.                 

Here are some basic but important facts about non-ferrous foundries that often go unrecognized.

    1. The foundry industry has played an important role in the history of American progress, invention, and innovation.  The art of making castings is quite old, however, non-ferrous castings have been part of nearly every new technological development since the industrial revolution.

    2. Non-ferrous foundries are Creating America’s Solid Tomorrow.  Though you might not recognize them, there are non-ferrous castings in your home, your backyard, your office, and everywhere you go.  They’re found everywhere from your kitchen sink to weapon systems, and rail cars to medical equipment.

    3. There are non-ferrous foundries in almost every state, producing component parts that are used in virtually every other manufacturing industry.

    4. The industry is comprised mainly of small businesses.  There are currently nearly 2,000 non-ferrous foundries in operation in the U. S. and Canada, and of those, less than 1% fail to meet the U.S. government definition of a small business.  In fact, more than 1,600 of these companies have fewer than 100 employees. 

    5. Collectively, non-ferrous foundries employ more than 200,000 people, contribute more than $15 billion to the Gross National Product, and produce more than 100,000 distinct products. The majority of non-ferrous foundries aren’t part of some corporate conglomerate.  Most are privately held companies - many are family-run businesses, some owned and operated by the same family for several generations. 

    6. The non-ferrous foundries annually recycle millions of tons of scrap metal into useful components without which America's great production engine would come to a grinding halt.  The reuse of these materials saves natural resources and decreases the amount of materials that would otherwise go to landfills.

    7. Though they are heavily regulated, foundries have a healthy respect for the safety and health of their employees and for the environment.  Non-ferrous foundries are responsible neighbors and a valued source of employment in their local communities.

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