Congressman Renacci Visits REFCOTEC

Renacci visits REFCOTEC in Orrville

"We have to change the way we are educating children.  I want to reward schools that graduate students with a skill set, not a certain test score, and that are drug-free."  Congressman Jim Renacci

Congressman Jim Renacci visited REFCOTEC in Orrville on September 20.  REFCOTEC is a foundry supply company founded by Bill DeWood and Tim Sheehan.  In its 28 years of existence, REFCOTEC has grown to be one of the largest foundry coating, sand additive and resin system suppliers in North America, serving hundreds of foundries throughout the continent.

Renacci discussed the foundry industry as a whole with REFCOTEC management and addressed two of the biggest challenges facing the industry: Workforce shortages and government regulation.

Renacci highlighted the fact that there is a need to foster the development of skilled laborers at an early age, in order to promote the success of the manufacturing sector, and specifically the foundry industry.

Currently OSHA has enacted a final rule on Occupational Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica which has been argued by several industry experts, including the American Foundry Society.  This rule will have severely negative effects on related industries (foundry, construction, concrete).  Renacci discussed the rule in terms that we need to protect our work force, but over-reaching regulation is damaging to businesses.

Following Renacci's meeting with REFCOTEC, a letter was sent from Renacci and other Congressional representatives to the Secretary of Labor outlining the need to revisit this rule.

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