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What’s New

  • We Need Your Pictures – Products, Facilities, People

    AWPA’s new website is set to launch next month, and we need your high-resolution photos to shine a spotlight on the wire industry, and how it impacts our lives. It is an excellent opportunity to showcase your company and your products. The new AWPA website will be an important tool to promote our industry, but we need your help. If you have photos of your products, especially your products in end-use, or your facilities and workers, please contact Heather in the office, at houthuse@awpa.org.

  • May Trade Legislative Update from Kelley Drye & Warren LLP

    Four key bills were introduced in both the Senate and House in late April, including the Bipartisan Congressional Trade Priorities and Accountability Act of 2015, also known as “trade promotion authority” or “fast track,” the Trade Adjustment Assistance Enhancement Act of 2015, the AGOA Extension and Enhancement Act of 2015 (which also includes extension of benefits provided under the Generalized System of Preferences and two programs benefiting Haiti), and finally, the Trade Facilitation and Trade Enforcement Act, which reauthorizes U.S. Customs and Border Protection, among other things. The Trade Promotion Authority (“TPA”) bill and Trade Adjustment Assistance (“TAA”) bill were combined, after the Senate failed to gain cloture on an earlier vote for consideration of TPA on its own. The same day the Customs and trade preference bills were passed, the Senate successfully obtained cloture (65-33) to proceed to debate on the combined TPA/TAA bill. More information is available here:http://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=3c1ba9b2-c065-4422-92f1-b30e077d5134 .

  • Does Your Company or Customers Make Products Sold at Big Box Stores?

    July 7 and 8 Walmart will hold an Open Call/ U.S. Manufacturing Summit. They are seeking companies that will produce and supply more consumer products in the US. These suppliers will thus help Walmart achieve its commitment to increase annual purchases of Made in USA products by $50 billion/year by 2022. Achievement of this goal will increase U.S. employment by about 300,000 manufacturing jobs, making Walmart’s efforts the largest corporate reshoring program. More information is available here: http://news.walmart.com/events/2015-us-manufacturing-summit.

Meeting Highlights

US House Wire & Wire Products Caucus Briefing: AWPA Hits Capitol Hill to Support ENFORCE. On Tuesday, June 2 AWPA held a Wire & Wire Products Caucus Briefing and Congressional Visits to lobby for the inclusion of the ENFORCE provision in upcoming trade legislation passed by the Senate and now under consideration in the House. AWPA members held an educational breakfast briefing for Congressional staffers that included an update on the current state of the legislation from Brian Diffell of the Washington Tax & Public Policy Group, a presentation from Alan Logan of Vulcan Threaded Products about Vulcan’s experience attempting to fight transshipment, and finally an explanation of what ENFORCE does and why it is necessary from Amy DeArmond from Leggett & Platt. After a briefing lunch held by the National Association of Manufacturers, AWPA members hit the Hill to advocate for inclusion of ENFORCE with the upcoming trade legislation. AWPA will keep you informed of developments as this important legislation moves through Congress.