Special Events

Saturday, April 6

Copper Division Luncheon
Room 131 – America’s Center, 11:45 a.m.
“The Gateway Arch”
This luncheon will include a presentation by Dr. Robert Moore, Historian from the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial, who will share details of the construction of the Arch as well as a history of St. Louis as seen from the Arch.

Spouses Mixer
Hawthorne Room – Renaissance Hotel, 1:00 p.m.
Enjoy light refreshments while meeting with old and new friends.

Welcome Reception
2nd Floor Atrium – America’s Center
, 5:00 p.m.
The American Foundry Society would like to welcome all attendees to this reception, which will provide the opportunity to meet with customers, vendors and other attendees.  Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served.  

Sunday, April 7 

Division Recognition Luncheon
Room 131 - America’s Center, 11:45 a.m.
This luncheon will feature the Best Paper and Division Awards as well as the presentation of the Howard Taylor Award and the Ray Witt Award.

Annual Banquet
Landmark Ballroom – Renaissance Hotel, 7:00 p.m.
Highlights of the annual banquet include dinner and an evening of entertainment. Cash bar from 6:00-7:00 p.m.

Monday, April 8

Spouses Tour
10:00 a.m.
Buses depart from America’s Center and will tour the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, which houses one of the largest collections of mosaics in the world, and the Missouri Botanical Garden, where a tram tour and lunch will be included.  Tour to conclude by 4:00 p.m.

President’s Session
Metalcasting Technology Theater – America’s Center (show floor), 10:15 a.m.
AFS President Mike Selz and leaders of the AFS Technical Divisions will discuss issues of critical importance to the U.S. metalcasting industry. Come hear their thoughts on the state of the industry. This session is open to all attendees.  

Alumni Dinner
6:00 p.m.
Buses will transport members of the alumni to Anheuser Busch Brewery for a tour of the Clydesdale Paddock & Stables, the Beechwood Aging Cellar and the historic Brewhouse. A reception and dinner will follow the 45 minute walking tour. Enjoy the camaraderie of other Alumni members and be introduced to this year’s award winners and incoming board members. Must be an AFS Alumni to attend.

Tuesday, April 9

The Charles Edgar Hoyt Memorial Lecture
Metalcasting Technology Theater – America’s Center (show floor), 10:30 a.m.
“Observations on Key Factors That Distinguish Successful Metalcasters,” Eugene C Muratore, Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium America.
There are several major factors that cannot be avoided, nor treated with casual regard, that are fundamental to the long term viability of any metalcasting facility.  Each of these internal factors exert a major influence on quality, financial success, and all other internal metrics regardless of external factors such as governmental policy or exchange rate.  These factors are based upon two decades of assignments at metalcasting facilities and over two decades as a technical services engineer to iron foundries in three continents and seven countries.

President’s Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting
Room 131 – America’s Center, 12:00 p.m.
Join the annual meeting for the election of AFS and CMI officers and directors. In addition, Awards of Scientific Merit, Service Citation and the Michael J. Trzecinski CMI Award will be presented, as well as the Casting of the Year and the Millionaires Safety Award.