SAMPE and ACMA join forces to "storm the Hill"

That would be Capitol Hill: Officials of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering are partnering with seasoned inside-the-beltway operatives from the American Composites Manufacturing Assn. to lobby Washington on behalf of the composites industry.

Officials of the Society for the Advancement of Material and Process Engineering (SAMPE, Covina, Calif.) announced April 7 that they are partnering with seasoned inside-the-beltway operatives from the American Composites Manufacturing Assn. (ACMA, Arlington, Va.) to lobby lawmakers in Washington on behalf of the composites industry.

On May 22-23, SAMPE and ACMA will launch an effort to better educate U.S. lawmakers about the importance of advanced material and process engineering. This event will be SAMPE's first step toward establishing a presence on Capitol Hill. This move, according to SAMPE's announcement, is "a natural outgrowth of the process that we started when we held our Materials Forecast Forum in 2011."

Why Capitol Hill? SAMPE and ACMA reportedly will tell U.S. congressional leaders that composites not only make better products but also create jobs. SAMPE intends to leverage ACMA's already strong track record of activity in Washington, particularly in the regulatory realm. The May effort "will continue to educate members of Congress about the many applications for composites in the defense, automotive, infrastructure, and energy markets."

SAMPE members who are active in the composites industry will be taking these messages to Capitol Hill at the SAMPE/ACMA Composites Build America Lobby Days event. SAMPE and ACMA are inviting interested parties from the composites industry to "meet with House Representatives and staff to teach them about our industry and your products." Participants also can benefit from finding out what federal agencies are doing in composites at a special hosted panel.

SAMPE and ACMA say they will release more details soon.

For more information, contact SAMPE's executive director Gregg Balko, E-mail: gregg@sampe.org.