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The AMBA goes to Washington

Are you in the moldmaking business and want to have a word with your Congress person? Then you need to go to Washington, DC with the AMBA.

The American Mold Builders Assn. (AMBA) annual Fall Conference is open for registration, and all U.S. mold manufacturers are encouraged to join the AMBA for this year’s election-year meeting. For the third time, the AMBA Fall Conference is being held in Washington, DC, where the organization will again schedule meetings with Senators and Representatives to show them that U.S. manufacturers are serious about the issues that impact American manufacturing.

With the elections looming in November, the AMBA Fall Conference, September 28-30, is the prime opportunity to let Senators and Representatives know what manufacturers expect them to do to support American manufacturing and the small-business person.    

The Fall Conference starts on Tuesday, September 28, with a reception. On Wednesday, September 29, during a morning meeting, attendees will hear a welcome address on “Taking Action” from Mike Armbrust, president of the AMBA and general manager of Mako Mold. Doug Wood, president of the Assn. for Manufacturing Technology, will provide an update on the issues so that attendees will understand the issues on which the AMBA wants to focus with Congress. This year the AMBA will cover new issues that have surfaced since last year, so Doug Wood will arm attendees with the knowledge that they need to understand what steps need to be taken.

Next, Scott Paul, executive director of the Alliance for American Manufacturing, will make a presentation in “Conducting an Effective Meeting with a Congressperson.”  

In the afternoon, attendees will be assigned to groups, and each group will have pre-scheduled meetings with specific Senators and Representatives. AMBA will try to schedule meetings with the Congress people from your states where possible.

On Thursday, September 30, the entire day will be devoted to more pre-arranged meetings with elected officials.

Registration is open online, and all of those interested in participating in this AMBA Fall Conference are invited to sign up now at Or call the AMBA at 847-222-9402 if you have questions. The registration deadline is August 13, as the AMBA must have an accurate list of attendees to arrange the House and Senate meetings.

“Do not miss out on this important opportunity to meet with your elected officials at this critical time in our nation’s history,” says Melissa Millhuff, AMBA’s executive director. “Meeting in person with your elected official is much more powerful than any letter can be.” Clare Goldsberry

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