2021 Practical Cupola Workshop

Holiday Inn Rockford
May 18-19, 2021


The Practical Cupola Workshop presents a wide variety of cupola topics, including fundamental cupola operation and design, troubleshooting, operational control, refractories and cupola safety.

The workshop is presented by the AFS Cupola Technical Committee. Course materials reflect the expertise and experience of industry-leading course instructors, who are cupola operators and suppliers of the Cupola Committee. It covers cupola basics as well as some moderately technical information.  This workshop is ideal for new operators, engineers and operation supervisors. There will also be a tour of Gunite Corporation at 9 a.m. on May 18th. Please register for the tour when you sign up for the conference.

Attendees are invited to stay over and attend the Cupola Committee Meeting which will begin at 8 a.m. on May 20th, 2021.

norman p. lillybeck scholarship:                      

The AFS Cupola Committee is assisting the Foundry Education Foundation (FEF) in the creation of the Norman Lillybeck Scholarship. Norman was an AFS Gold Medalist, long-time member of the AFS Cupola Committee, and a teacher and mentor for many in the cupola community. 

With your generous gift, you’ll be:

  • Investing in creative and technically-trained students who are passionate about metalcasting
  • Sustaining world-class academic programs led by Key Professors knowledgeable and skilled in metalcasting
  • Encouraging graduates who will blaze a trail of innovation and leadership for our industry

You can donate by either using the check box on the Practical Cupola Registration form or by going online to www.afsinc.org/LillybeckScholarship.

A special thanks to our organizing members!

  • David Kasun, Kuttner LLC (Port Washington, WI)
  • Pete Satre, Allied Minerals Products Inc. (Columbus, OH)
  • Brian Johnson, Hickman, Williams & Co. (Palos Heights, IL)



  • Holiday Inn Rockford
  • Rockford, IL
  • May 18-19, 2021
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Hotel Information

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  • Holiday Inn Rockford

7550 E. State Street

Rockford, IL 61108


Registration Fees

 $450 member, $675 non-member

Cancellations & Substitutions

Substitutions will be accepted anytime. However, cancellations of confirmed registrants with full refund of fees will not be accepted unless received at least two weeks prior to the conference date. In the unlikely event the conference is cancelled for any reason, AFS liability is limited to the return of the registration fee.