ACMA’s annual Composites Build America National Lobby Day held May 22-23 in Washington, D.C. was a great success. Representatives from 30 ACMA member companies as well as representatives from the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE) came to Washington to participate in the Lobby Day activities.
Attendees participated in the first-ever Federal Market Growth Symposium that provided crucial insights for the future of the composites industry. Several Federal officials from agencies like the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Federal Highway Administration discussed how their programs envision composites addressing critical national priorities. Following the symposium, attendees heard from former U.S. Representative Kenny Hulshof (R-Mo.) and Andy Wright, a former congressional chief of staff, on how to conduct a successful meeting with a Member of Congress. They encouraged composites industry professionals to emphasize their roles in their communities and demonstrate that issues are critical to supporting job growth back home.
The dozens of meetings where ACMA members encouraged leaders to support composites stood out as the highlight of the entire experience. “It was very interesting to meet with Members of Congress and see how interested they were in what we had to say and how they made time for us. It was just a wonderful experience,” says Antonio Quinones-Rivera of Ashland Inc.
At the conclusion of Lobby Day, ACMA members held a Capitol Hill open house for Members of Congress and staff featuring composite products and illustrating their importance to solving national problems and supporting nationwide economic growth. The open house also featured a virtual tour of the industry, displays and handouts. ACMA members were available to answer questions and demonstrate how composite products are used.
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