February 21-22, 2017
Hilton Chicago O'Hare Airport
Across from Terminal 2 at the Airport


Conference Agenda

Tuesday, February 21st


6:30 p.m.



Wednesday, February 22nd


8:00 a.m.



8:45 a.m.

Opening Remarks
Doug Kurkul, CEO, and Leo Baran, Director of Membership, American Foundry Society


9:00 a.m.

U.S. Metalcasting Census and Forecast
This presentation examines today's U.S. metalcasting industry, providing information on size and stature by metal, process and value-added capabilities. In addition, a review of the forecast for casting shipments through 2017 will be shared.


9:15 a.m.

How to Select a Quality Casting Supplier
Bob Mueller Jr., Senior Supplier Quality Engineer, P & H Mining
This session will cover methods used to identify and qualify new metal casting suppliers. We will discuss what’s considered to be the critical manufacturing criteria, capabilities to work with the OEM to improve the design and the ability to provide value added services.


10:00 a.m.



10:30 a.m.

Roundtable Discussion, Part 1


11:15 a.m.

Casting Optimization - The Next Step Beyond 3D Printing
Steve Murray, Project Manager, Hoosier Pattern
What is casting optimization? Why is casting optimization happening now? We will discuss the answers to these questions and when you should think of applying casting optimization.


12:15 p.m.



1:15 p.m.

Roundtable Discussion, Part 2


2:00 p.m.

U.S. Economic Outlook for 2017
Dr. Gus Faucher, Deputy Chief Economist, PNC Bank
A prominint economist, seen often on CNBC, gives attendees an overview of the manufacturing industry’s economy as a whole, with insight into what factors will impact the growth of segments of manufacturing in the coming years.


2:45 p.m.

AFS Learning Opportunities
Shelly Dutler, Director of Education, American Foundry Society


3:05 p.m.

Casting Conversions Tony Cremers, President, Craft Pattern & Mold
Not every part should be a casting, yet how do you determine if a design is a good candidate? This presentation will discuss traditional manufacturing methods, designs, cost reductions, and quality improvements, and 3D printing technology and the role it plays on the potential benefits when converting to a cast component.


3:35 p.m.

Summit Concludes

The Supply Chain Summit is open to invited attendees only. To learn more about the qualifications for invitation, contact Jim Beckwith at or 847.824.0181 x242.