Member Benefits for Suppliers

The Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society (NFFS) was founded in 1943 to help non-ferrous foundries advocate for their collective interests. The Society offers a full range of programs and services designed to help foundry leaders successfully operate their businesses.

In 2018, NFFS expanded membership eligibility to the suppliers who sell equipment, supplies, consumables, and other goods and services used in the manufacture of metal castings, under a new Associate Member category. NFFS recognizes that suppliers play an important role in the health and success of our industry. When foundries are connected with high-quality, innovative products and solutions, everyone benefits!

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Why should you become a NFFS member?

Brand Awareness & Visibility

NFFS membership puts your company name in front of existing and potential customers:

  • New Member Announcements
    • New members are highlighted in NFFS publications, on the NFFS website, and on NFFS social media pages.
  • Newsletter Articles
    • Members can submit press releases and informational articles for publication in the weekly NFFS news brief, The Crucible.
  • Use of NFFS Logo
    • A copy of the NFFS logo is available HERE for use on your website, in e-mail, or in other marketing materials to help you showcase your support for the industry.
  • Inclusion in NFFS Member Directories
    • Your company will be included in the online NFFS Member Directory, as well as the Find a Supplier search tool, for reference by foundries in need of products or services.
  • Sponsorship Opportunities
    • Becoming a sponsor of NFFS events, such as the annual Industry Executive Conference, puts your name on all pre-conference marketing materials and provides numerous on-site recognition opportunities.

Networking with Foundry Leaders

Gain access to decision makers and buyers in our member foundries through:

  • FREE Tabletop Exhibit at the NFFS Industry Executive Conference
    • Participating in the NFFS Industry Executive Conference is a easy way to gain one-on-one interaction with a captive foundry audience.
  • Member Rates for NFFS Events
    • In addition to the Industry Executive Conference, NFFS offers regional and online events. As an Associate Member, you receive discounted rates to these online and in-person events.
  • Access to the NFFS Member Directory
    • Gain contact information for member foundries and their employees, helping you reach the right contact person when approaching a foundry.
  • Opportunities to Join NFFS Committees
    • Sit down at the table with foundry leaders and position yourself as a thought leader by taking advantage of volunteer opportunities within the Society.

Foundry Industry News & Information

NFFS works continuously to provide its members with current information on a wide range of topics relevant to foundry management. Among the valuable resources provided to NFFS members:

  • The Crucible News Brief, a weekly newsletter sent to members and industry contacts by email, which provides a variety of valuable content including NFFS updates, industry news, economic updates and analysis, member news and information, health and safety guidance, regulatory compliance advice, and more!
  • The Economic Portal for NFFS Members, which provides members with a variety of economic trend data, relevant economic news, and other useful resources including the monthly NFFS Economic Advisor newsletter published specifically for NFFS members.

Technical Training & Certificates

Associate members receive access to the NFFS Academy, an online e-learning portal developed to provide relevant, user-friendly training programs to industry employers and their workforce. The Academy provides immediate access to more than 120+ technical courses covering a variety of manufacturing topics. The courses are self-paced, self-guided, and interactive with visually engaging graphics. Concepts can be immediately applied in examples and assessments, and every course completed will be added to a transcript, with printable Certificates of Completion. NFFS members receive extended course access and discounts of 35-80% over non-member pricing for these courses!

Advocacy & Industry Representation

Your NFFS membership supports advocacy efforts on behalf of your foundry customers, helping ensure a healthy market for your products and services. For over 75 years, NFFS has served as the voice for the non-ferrous foundry industry. The NFFS staff and Government Affairs Committee actively monitor new legislative and regulatory developments in Washington, as well as at the regional and state levels, and effectively represent the interests of foundries. All U.S. non-ferrous foundries have at some point benefited from the Society’s efforts to protect the industry from misguided or overly burdensome regulations.

Discounts & Special Services

Take advantage of the following business partnerships that provide NFFS members with members-only discounts and services:

  • Grainger Program
    Use your NFFS membership to take advantage of some of the deepest product discounts offered by Grainger. In 2018 alone, NFFS members saved almost half a million dollars on industrial, safety and metalworking supplies. Members also qualify for special services including prepaid ground shipping, same-day shipping on most items, and sourcing for hard-to-find products. 

  • Estes Shipping Program
    NFFS members receive exclusive member pricing and dedicated support when shipping with Estes! The Estes program is specifically tailored to support the transportation and logistics needs of the North American casting industry. The program is also designed specifically to support NFFS. By using the Estes program for your shipping needs, rebate dollars go right back to the Society to support its mission and enhance programs and activities for members.
  • TForce Worldwide Shipping Services
    NFFS has partnered with shipping logistics provider TForce Worldwide (TFWW) to provide NFFS members with discounted rates on domestic and international shipping, a wide selection of carriers, and personalized service and assistance with your shipments, all through one convenient platform. This valuable program has the ability to improve your company’s supply chain efficiency using TFWW's single-source logistics program.

  • Energy Buyers Program through APPI
    NFFS has endorsed APPI Energy to provide data-driven procurement solutions that reduce and manage electricity and natural gas supply costs for members on an ongoing basis. Every day, APPI Energy identifies the wide range of energy supplier prices across the U.S., and utilizes that data to provide the lowest prices available among many vetted, competing suppliers.