Building relationships with legislators is an ongoing process, a constant effort to be recognized and heard. Even if your company is known and appreciated by your representatives, all that can change in one election.

In efforts to stay in front of their representatives, several American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA) members participate in regular Lobby Day activities and fly-ins to Washington D.C. During their time on Capitol Hill, members educate their House representatives and Senators on the industry and its causes.

But once a year meetings aren’t enough to shape rules and regulations beneficial to the industry, so some composite manufacturers have taken extra initiative to get their company and composite issues in front of legislators. One simple means, according to a growing number of manufacturers, is a plant tour. But how do you get started? How do you prepare? What should you expect? Follow three manufacturers, Monroe Industries, Avon, N.Y.; IDI Composites, Noblesville, Ind.; and Aeroset Inc., Priest River, Idaho, to find out.