Welcome to the SFNE Buy American Fabricated Website Page!
This page provides information and updates on the SFNE Buy American Campaigns underway on behalf of the steel fabrication industry throughout New England. If you have a question or concern about any of the issues or information on this page, please send an email to Cathy Flaherty, and she will reply promptly.
Update – September 14, 2021
Senate Docket No. 2753, the SFNE Buy American legislation, was filed by Senator Joan Lovely, Democrat – Second Essex.
If passed, the legislation will require that public construction projects contain a provision to require that the iron, steel, fabricated steel, and manufactured goods are manufactured in the United States.
Like many other industries, Massachusetts steel fabrication companies and their employees have been adversely affected by COVID-19. These trying times have been compounded by imports of dumped and subsidized fabricated structural and miscellaneous steel products.
The passage of this legislation will significantly help the Commonwealth’s steel fabrication industry overcome the unfair competitive advantage that foreign companies currently have in Massachusetts.
Moving forward, SFNE expects to ramp up its media, social media, and member engagement. The continued support from members and the steel fabrication industry will be greatly appreciated as these efforts continue.
Links to Senate Docket No. 2753, “An Act to promote American manufacturing” are below.
Update – July 29, 2021
The SFNE Buy American Fabricated Campaign is making progress!
A panel of SFNE members testified on July 27th at a hearing set up for legislators to discuss how Massachusetts will allocate American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds. This hearing was set up to “discuss how ARPA money could be used to address housing, labor, and workforce development issues.
Those testifying for SFNE included Cathy Flaherty, Executive Director, SFNE; Stephen Capone, President, Capone Iron; and Bob Cuomo, Economist.
Moving forward, SFNE will work to require that any ARPA funds used to fund public construction contracts include a Buy American preference. In addition, SFNE will file legislation to promote the Buy American Fabricated agenda.
Previously, SFNE filed Buy American Amendments to the Massachusetts House and Senate Budgets. The amendments addressed the procurement language in Chapter 30B, the Massachusetts statute that requires local authorities to award projects to the lowest bidder. While the House and Senate amendments were withdrawn, the efforts generated a lot of discussion and support for our efforts to reduce the number of public steel fabrication jobs going to foreign competition.
As the amendments were filed, SFNE reached out to members to request that they contact their legislators to request support for the legislation. To succeed, legislators must hear from their constituents about the bill’s importance to the steel fabrication industry.
Over the summer months the Task Force together with the Delaney & Associates will continue to work on behalf of the SFNE membership to achieve a solution that will give preference to the domestic steel fabrication industry public construction.
Delaney & Associates is scheduling meetings between SFNE members and House and Senate Leadership as well as the Governor’s office. These meetings will provide an opportunity for SFNE members to explain first-hand the challenges that foreign steel fabricators pose to the Massachusetts and New England fabricated steel industry.
SFNE also submitted testimony in favor of Maine Buy American Legislation, noting that the industry wants preference for all New England fabricators. The Maine legislation passed the House and Senate but was vetoed by Governor Mills.
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To Our Buy American Fabricated Campaign Donators
The initiative will not be inexpensive, and as with any legislative effort, there is no guarantee SFNE will succeed. The total lobbying cost for 2021 is $70,000. Member contributions are funding this effort.
SFNE is grateful for the support already received. The current donators include:
Building Envelope Systems
Capone Iron Corporation
Central Steel Supply
Cives Steel Company
D. Cronin’s Welding Service
James A. McBrady, Inc.
Novel Iron Works
S.L. Chasse Steel
Tim’s Fabricators Inc.
V & G Ironworks Inc
We would appreciate your financial support. If you have not yet contributed to the legislative campaign, please do so now!
To support the campaign, you can mail a check to the address listed below or use this secure online form.
Steel Fabricators of New England
11 Robert Toner Blvd., # 234
North Attleboro, MA 02763