Organizational History and Background
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Established in 1943, the Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society (NFFS) is a 501(c)(6) trade association serving non-ferrous foundries, die casters, and ingot manufacturers. NFFS members produce non-ferrous metal castings from a wide variety of materials including aluminum, brass/bronze, zinc, lead and other materials, principally via the sand, permanent mold, investment casting and die-casting casting processes. NFFS member foundries are concentrated in the traditional manufacturing regions, primarily the Great Lakes states, along the Eastern Seaboard, and on the West Coast. The castings manufactured by foundries are an important part of the U.S. economy and are widely used in most economic segments. Castings are particularly important in automotive, energy/power generation, medical technologies, military/defense, plumbing and fluid handling, industrial, marine, tooling & machinery, housing, construction, and aircraft industries.

There are approximately 950 non-ferrous foundries and die casters in the United States. Industry census data reveals nearly 85% of non-ferrous foundries are small businesses employing less than 250 employees though some large facilities can employ more than 500 workers. Many non-ferrous foundries are family-owned businesses and employ multiple generations of the same family. 

The mission statement of NFFS is “to provide members and the industry with information and services relevant to their current and future business needs, and to effectively represent the concerns and interests of the non-ferrous metal casting industry."

NFFS provides a wide variety of membership benefits and services, including written regulatory compliance programs, newsletters, foundry specific safety training programs, economic reports, industry advocacy and representation, members-only affinity programs, and customer market development activities. NFFS often times submits written comments and oral testimony on behalf of the industry during the development of new and revised regulations affecting its members, and actively advocates on behalf of the industry.

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