Composites One is partnering with the American Composites Manufacturers Association on a grassroots effort to make lawmakers and the local media more aware of the role the composites industry plays in America's economy.
The effort started Aug. 17 when U.S. Reps. Donald Manzullo, R-Ill., and Joe Walsh, R-Ill., met with Composites One representatives at the company’s distribution center in Woodstock, Ill.
The purpose of their visit was to gain a better understanding of the composites industry, which in Illinois alone accounts for more than 13,000 jobs and $2 billion of economic activity, according to Composites One.
At the Composites One Woodstock facility, the congressmen were given a tour of the warehouse, where they learned about the breadth of the reach the composites industry has in manufacturing today.
For Manzullo, the visit served as a fact-finding mission into the challenges facing today’s composites industry. Of particular interest was the recent ruling by the National Toxicology Program in its 12th Report on Carcinogens, which listed styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.”
“That ruling could eventually lead to the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S.,” Manzullo said in a statement. “It’s very important that we visit companies like Composites One to find out how these issues impact their business, their employees and their customers.”