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Metalcasting Industry Comes Alive at CastExpo’13

April 16, 2013

The American Foundry Society (AFS) hosted CastExpo’13 at the America’s Center in St. Louis, April 6-9. The event featured more than 450 exhibitors on a sold-out show floor and various technical presentations as part of its Metalcasting Congress and a Metalcasting Technology Theatre on the show floor. A total of 7,192 metalcasters attended CastExpo’13.

“So much was happening on the show floor and a positive vibe filled the air,” said Jerry Call, AFS executive vice president. “It’s great to see all of the positive feedback we have already received from CastExpo’13 attendees and exhibitors.”
In addition to the exhibitors, top industry award winners were honored at the show.

The Award of Scientific Merit is awarded to individuals that display outstanding technical papers, meritorious technical contributions or services, and/or the development of a new process, production method or engineering advancement having "future possibilities." Three winners were chosen for 2013:

  • Scott Giese, associate professor at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, Iowa, received the award for his “leadership in the technical development of foundry practices while educating the youth of our industry to meet the scientific demands of the future.”
  • Fred Major, retired research scientist, Rio Tinto Alcan International, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, was chosen for the award for “increasing the scientific understanding and extending the heat treat capabilities of the heat treatable cast aluminum alloy families.”
  • Douglas White, technical services manager, Elkem Materials Inc., Boca Raton, Fla., received the award for “contributions to the industry through practical research and sharing this information to further the knowledge of the cast iron industry.”

The Service Citation is awarded to individuals who show outstanding general service to AFS, its chapters and the metalcasting industry. Three winners were chosen for 2013:

  • Thomas (Tommy) Horton, technical sales representative, Reich Companies, Trussville, Ala., was chosen “in honor, recognition and deep appreciation for his untiring dedication, service and leadership, as champion and ambassador of the American Foundry Society, the Birmingham District AFS chapter and the metalcasting industry.”
  • Leigh Omer, foundry manager, Fresno Valve & Castings Inc., Selma, Calif., was chosen for his “dedicated and tireless contributions to AFS, CMI, the Copper Alloy Division and the metalcasting industry.”
  • Robert Smillie, president and CEO, RWS Productivity & Quality Solutions LLC, Northville, Mich., was chosen for “dedicated service and leadership to the American Foundry Society in the fields of automotive aluminum casting quality and engineering, management and marketing and for mentoring FEF students.”

The Michael J. Trezecinski CMI Award was presented to H. Fred Linebarger, Miller and Co. LLC, Rosemont, Ill. Linebarger received the award for his “exceptional contributions to the Institute as an instructor and member of its faculty.”

The Millionaires Safety Award recognizes AFS Corporate Member facilities that complete any increment of a million consecutive man hours worked without incurring an occupational injury or illness that resulted in days away from work. Winning facilities surpassed their million hour marker sometime during 2012. The following Corporate Member facilities are winners of the 2012 Millionaires Safety Award:

  • NIBCO, Stuarts Draft, Va., achieved 2,000,000 hours worked on January 21, 2012.
  • John Deere Foundry, Waterloo, Iowa, won its sixth award, achieving 1,000,000 hours worked on June 26, 2012.
  • Grede Holdings LLC, St. Cloud, Minn., achieved 1,000,000 hours worked on September 10, 2012.
  • NIBCO Inc., Nacogdoches, Texas, achieved 1,000,000 hours worked on September 26, 2012.

The AFS Metalcasting Safe Year Award recognizes AFS Corporate Member facilities that complete one year (365 consecutive days) without a lost-time accident. The one-year count begins the day following the last lost-time accident, and the 2012 winners reached the milestone sometime in 2012. The following Corporate Member facilities are 2012 winners of the Metalcasting Safe Year Award:

  • Bremen Castings Inc., Bremen, Ind.    
  • Clow Water Systems, Coshocton, Ohio
  • Grede Holdings LLC, St. Cloud, Minn. 
  • Grede Holdings LLC, Brewton, Ala.
  • NIBCO Inc.-Blytheville, Ark.  
  • NIBCO de Reynosa S.A. de C.V., Reynosa, Tamaulipas, Mexico  
  • NIBCO Inc., McAllen, Texas  
  • NIBCO Inc., Nacogdoches, Texas  
  • NIBCO, Stuarts Draft, Va. 
  • OSCO Industries-New Boston Division, New Boston, Ohio 
  • St. Paul Brass & Aluminum Foundry, St. Paul, Minn. 
  • Tyco Fire Protection Products, Anniston, Ala. 
  • US Aluminum Castings LLC, Entiat, Wash.

The 118th Metalcasting Congress will be held April 8-11, 2014, at the Renaissance Hotel & Convention Center, Schaumburg, Ill., and the 119th Metalcasting Congress will be April 21-23, 2015, at the Greater Columbus Convention Center in Columbus, Ohio.