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.
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.
January 14, 2022 – The Boston Globe Opinion Article
The Boston Globe published an Opinion Piece on January 14th that featured two views on the Massachusetts Buy American preference legislation.
SFNE President Stephen Capone from Capone Iron Corporation provide the steel fabricators perspective in support of S2546,
Click here to view The Boston Globe Opinion Article and place your vote.
You might also want to view this Buy American YouTube Video produced by the Alliance for American Manufacturing.
January 12, 2022 – SFNE Supports New Hampshire Buy American Legislation
Legislation has been filed in New Hampshire to reduce the level of publicly funded steel fabrication jobs awarded to foreign companies.
Senate Bill #438, filed by Senator Tom Sherman (District 24), would require publicly funded construction projects to give preference to U.S. manufacturers when buying steel, iron, and other materials for new buildings and renovations.
Several SFNE members will testify in support of the legislation at a public hearing on January 13th.
SFNE members can also support SB438 by contacting their state representatives and senators and the members of the Executive Departments and Administration
Legislators must hear from their constituents about the bill’s importance to the steel fabrication industry to succeed. Sending a quick email, making a phone call will only take a few minutes of your time, but the reward will be enormous if your contact convinces a legislator to sponsor and support the legislation.
Below you will find links to resources members can use to support New Hampshire SB438.
November 9, 2021 – SFNE’s Massachusetts Buy American initiative has taken a step forward!
October 12, 2021 – An Act to promote American manufacturing
Legislation has been filed to reduce the level of publicly funded steel fabrication jobs awarded to foreign companies. S2546, filed by Senator Joan Lovely (D-Salem), would require cities and towns to give preference to U.S. manufacturers when buying steel, iron, and other materials for new buildings and renovations.
This legislation will allow the steel fabrication industry to compete for taxpayer-funded construction projects instead of that work going to foreign businesses and supporting their economies. In addition, the passage of the legislation will add local jobs, generate needed tax revenue for government services, and create considerable economic activity for many sectors of our economy through its multiplier effect.
The federal government and many other states have already adopted a similar policy on public construction projects. In conjunction with this long-term legislative solution, SFNE is also working to ensure that Massachusetts economic stimulus funds for public construction projects include a Buy American provision.
The Joint Committee on State Administration & Regulatory Oversight will hear testimony at a public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, October 19th. If you wish to testify, please click here to register by Friday, October 15th.
SFNE members and industry colleagues have been asked to contact their legislators to voice support for the legislation. Additional information and a sample letter are below.
September 22, 2021 – Alliance for American Manufacturing –
Proposed Massachusetts Law Aims to Expand Buy America
By Matt Heller
Click here to read the blog.
September 14, 2021 – Senate Docket No 2753 Filed to 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
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.
July 29, 2021 – Update
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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