Composites One, ACMA to jointly lobby federal legislators

Composites One and ACMA host a visit with U.S. Congressman Donald Manzullo to discuss implications of styrene's recent listing as a potential carcinogen by the National Toxicology Program.

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Composite materials distributor Composites One (Arlington Heights, Ill.) has partnered with the American Composites Manufacturers Assn. (ACMA) on a grassroots effort to make lawmakers and the local media more aware of the role played by the composites industry in the U.S. economy. The effort kicked off on Aug. 17 when U.S. Representatives Donald A. Manzullo and Joe Walsh met with Composites One representatives Marcy Offner, Rick Hess and Shari Schlau at Composites One’s distribution center in Woodstock, Ill. The congressmen were given a tour of the warehouse, where they learned about the breadth and reach the composites industry has in manufacturing today, which in Illinois alone accounts for more than 13,000 jobs and $2 billion of economic activity. Also present for the meeting was John Schweitzer, ACMA senior director of Government Affairs. Later that afternoon, Manzullo visited Marble Works (South Elgin, Ill.), a supplier of solid surface products to the kitchen and bath industry. Of particular interest was the recent ruling by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) in its 12th Report on Carcinogens (RoC), which listed styrene as “reasonably anticipated to be a human carcinogen.” Styrene is a compound found in 90 percent of today’s composites materials. Manzullo commented that the ruling could eventually lead to the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs in the U.S. Manzullo has requested that a hearing be convened by the House Manufacturing Caucus and asked for support from the House Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services. “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,” he added.