COLUMBUS, Ohio - The Ohio Cast Metals Association (OCMA) recently awarded RMT, Inc. (RMT) its annual President’s Vendors Award. This award acknowledges a vendor that has made significant contributions to OCMA and to the Ohio metal casting industry.
Craig Schmeisser and Mike Blankestyn of RMT’s Columbus, Ohio, office were recognized for the expertise they provided the industry during development of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (USEPA) Iron and Steel Foundry Area Source National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutant (NESHAP).
"Craig and Mike were an important resource during negotiations between the USEPA and our industry," says Russ Murray, OCMA Director. "Through Mike’s research and analysis and Craig’s advocacy -- all the way to the White House -- foundries that pour less than 20,000 tons per year have been exempt from regulations that would, essentially, have closed them. RMT’s knowledge and support helped OCMA prevent smaller foundries from being negatively impacted by the NESHAP," Murray concludes.
"OCMA is a valuable resource to Ohio foundries and RMT is glad to be of assistance to them," says Schmeisser. "Metal casters are an important part of Ohio’s economy and history. RMT and its employees support OCMA and the work it does by attending quarterly and annual meetings, and serving as board and committee members."
OCMA was founded in 1991 by a group of metal casters and their suppliers to represent their interests in Ohio. The association works to inform the public about the critical role metal casters play in the state’s economic well-being, and assists legislators and regulators in gathering economic and environmental facts for the benefit of the state’s citizens.