FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Director of Regulatory Affairs
(301) 986-9700 ext. 112
June 30, 2014 – Bethesda, MD – Taking immediate congressional action on Toxic Substance Control Act (TSCA) reform was the critical message the Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) and its members brought to Capitol Hill during the National Association of Manufacturers’ (NAM) 2014 Manufacturing Summit held on June 11-12 in Washington D.C. ASC, along with dozens of associations and their members, discussed wide a range of issues and concerns impacting U.S. manufacturing with members of the Senate, the House of Representatives, and key congressional staff.
In addition, attendees had the opportunity to hear about some of the Obama Administration’s and Congressional initiatives to improve U.S. manufacturing prospects during presentations by Vice President Joseph Biden, Senator Chris Coons (D-DE), and the Senate Minority Leader—Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
“Getting something done on TSCA reform in the 114th Congress is at a critical juncture,” said Mark Collatz, ASC’s Director of Regulatory Affairs. “By bringing those involved in day-to-day operations to tell their stories, we hope our elected officials will better understand just how important it is to get a TSCA reform bill passed now.”
Legislators and staffers that ASC and its members met with included: Senators Rob Portman (R-OH); Sherrod Brown (D-OH); Cory Booker (D-NJ); Mark Warner (D-VA); Christopher Murphy (D-CT); Chris Coons (D-DE); Tom Carper (D-DE); Robert Casey (D-PA); and, House of Representative member—John Barrow (D-GA).
ASC representatives included: the Council’s Chairman and President/CEO of Evans Adhesives, Rusty Thompson; Forest Driggs, Vice President of Finance and Development of Franklin International; Neema Toolaabee, Manager of Regulatory and Environmental Affairs for DAP; Stacey Ann Taylor, Director of Product Stewardship for Henry Company; ASC’s President Matt Croson; and Mark Collatz.
“ASC is sincerely grateful to our members who took time from their schedules to bring their companies’ stories and experiences to Capitol Hill,” said Collatz.
Collatz noted that this was ASC’s initial participation in the NAM Manufacturing Summit and was a pilot project including in the Council’s three-year long range plan to add value to ASC membership.
For further information regarding this activity, please contact Mark Collatz at 301/986-9700 ext. 112.
The Adhesive and Sealant Council (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. The Council is comprised of 131 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants, representing more than 75% of the U.S. industry with operations around the world. Offering education, legislative advocacy, professional networking and business growth solutions for its members, the ASC is the center of knowledge and catalyst for industry growth on a global basis for manufacturers, suppliers and end-users. For more information about ASC, visit www.ascouncil.org.