Institute of Makers of Explosives Welcomes Manager of Government Affairs



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Institute of Makers of Explosives Welcomes Manager of Government Affairs

On August 11, 2014, the Institute of Makers of Explosives (IME), the safety and security organization of the commercial explosives industry, welcomed Jeff Kratz as the Manager of Government Affairs.  Prior to joining IME, Mr. Kratz worked as the assistant director in the Office of Government Relations at the American Library Association where he lobbied the U.S. Congress on appropriations issues pertaining to library funding, K-12 education, literacy issues, workforce investment and telecommunications issues.

Jeff has extensive knowledge of the federal legislative process, as he worked for the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies for nearly four years.  In addition to his work in the U.S. Senate, Jeff has also with a private firm monitoring state legislation on a wide range of issues and worked for a State Senator in his home state of Nebraska.

“Jeff’s solid experience with governmental advocacy and outreach will greatly benefit IME’s ability to communicate with legislative and regulatory bodies regarding our institute’s expertise and standards in commercial explosives safety and security,” stated Deb Satkowiak, IME President.  “As Manager of Government Affairs, Jeff will work directly with IME’s Executive Vice President to develop strategy and coordinate legislative and regulatory activities and proactively promote the agenda and success of IME and its members.” 

Founded in 1913, the IME represents U.S. manufacturers of high explosives and other companies that distribute explosives or provide related services.  Commercial explosives are used in every state in the union and are distributed worldwide.  The value of IME member shipments is estimated at $2 billion annually.  The ability to manufacture and distribute these products safely and securely is critical to this industry and to the mining, construction, and demolition industries that use our products.  IME’s Safety Library Publications cover all aspects related to the safe and secure manufacture, transport, storage and disposal of commercial explosives.  The Institute does not sponsor trade shows or other marketing events. 

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