The NASF recently launched the NASF 1000 initiative to provide sustaining support for the finishing industry’s public policy advocacy and government relations activities. Most companies recognize that the NASF advocacy efforts have saved the industry more than two billion dollars—that’s a billion with a “b”—in avoided regulatory costs in the past decade. NASF was successful in these efforts because it had the financial resources to tap key technical, economic and legal experts to assemble credible data and provide support for the industry’s positions.
NASF’s focus now is to sustain this effort for the next decade. The goal of the NASF 1000 program is for more than 100 leaders in the surface finishing industry to make a commitment of $1,000 per year for five years and raise $500,000 to rebuild the industry’s Government Affairs Fund. The funds will be used for a range of regulatory efforts, including nickel and chromium health risk and regulatory issues, EPA’s chromium air emissions rule, OSHA workplace regulatory matters and other topics.
Following a recent surge in NASF 1000 commitments at the NASF Management Conference, there are nearly 80 NASF 1000 participants. Three NASF members have demonstrated significant leadership and support of the industry by pledging $25,000 over five years: Gatto Industrial Platers (Chicago, IL); Lincoln Industries (Lincoln, NE); and SWD Inc. (Addison, IL).
NASF is committed to achieving a goal of 100 NASF 1000 participants by SUR/FIN 2013 in Rosemont, Illinois. Please consider pledging your sustaining commitment to the NASF 1000 today. In addition, please join us in thanking the industry leaders that have supported the industry’s highly successful advocacy program over these many years.
A pledge form and more information about the program are available on the NASF website at nasf.org/nasf-1000.php. Contact Jeff Hannapel at firstname.lastname@example.org.