Article From: 9/23/2008 Production Machining
PMPA has a new partner in its efforts to represent the precision machining industry in Washington, D.C. The association has retained The Franklin Partnership to provide advocacy, lobbying and information services.
The PMPA Government Affairs Committee believes the association needs a full-time advocacy group to help us keep abreast of government legislative and regulatory developments.
The association has a long history of advocacy in Washington. Thirty-five years ago, PMPA led other trade associations to form the Alliance of Metalworking Industries (AMI). AMI retained a lobbyist to help with key regulatory and tax issues affecting metalworking shops. AMI did not last long, however, as the other trade groups went their own way and hired their own advocacy representatives.
In 1979, PMPA formed a Political Action Committee to support congressional representatives and senators who demonstrate support for free enterprise and small business.
For the past 5 years, the committee has been very active. Each year, members of the committee meet in Washington to call on U.S. representatives and senators to inform the lawmakers about the challenges and concerns of small precision machining companies.
The Franklin Partnership will help PMPA develop advocacy goals based on membership priorities. The advocacy firm will work with PMPA’s Government Affairs Committee to analyze federal legislative and regulatory bills and rules. TFP will act on behalf of PMPA when meeting with legislators, coalition groups and other nonprofit organizations.
The Franklin Partnership will help coordinate PMPA member visits to congressional offices in Washington and assist in identifying key legislators who can impact the business and regulatory climate. The firm will also help set up plant tours to give lawmakers a first-hand view of our industry.
John Hoskins, Jr. of Curtis Screw Company, LLC (Buffalo, New York) and chairman of the PMPA Government Affairs Committee says, "Hiring a lobbyist is a very big step for PMPA. The committee is very excited and looks forward to working with the Franklin Partnership."
John Guzik and Omar Nashashibi will lead the efforts of The Franklin Partnership for PMPA. They also represent the Precision Metalforming Association and believe that representing two metalworking trade groups will provide great synergy and benefits to both.
Jim Hemingway of Alger Manufacturing Company (Ontario, California) and PMPA president reports, "The PMPA board of directors unanimously approved the retention of an advocacy firm. We are pleased to offer this service to our members and look forward to a return on this investment."
With the help of The Franklin Partnership, PMPA will continue to keep members informed of issues that may affect their ability to compete successfully in the global market.