The Forging Industry Association (FIA) announced a new partnership with Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas (MCRT), a bipartisan government-affairs consultancy. MCRT helps its clients develop winning strategies by educating and building relationships with key policymakers in Congress, the White House, government agencies and regulatory bodies. As FIA’s new lobby firm, they will work with the association to facilitate and advance its advocacy efforts in Washington, D.C. They will also help coordinate FIA Lobby Day, an annual event that offers FIA members an opportunity to meet with key members of the U.S. House and Senate.

“It was imperative for us to align with a firm like Mehlman Castagnetti Rosen & Thomas so we can strengthen our industry presence in Washington, D.C.,” said FIA Chairman Willard T. Walker Jr., president and CEO of the W.T. Walker Group Inc. “As the political landscape continues to change, we want to ensure that the members of the forging industry have a seat at the table to address the issues that affect their businesses now and in the future.”