Operations and Profitability in Small and Midsize Foundries

Technical content and business insights for foundries that often must do more with less.

February 14 - 17


Small and midsize foundries have unique needs, challenges, and opportunities that differ greatly from their larger counterparts. Throughout North America, there are more than 500 small metalcasting operations, many of them family-owned, with limited resources and a staff that fills multiple roles. These foundries are nimble, adaptable, and often must do more with less. 

Operations and Profitability in Small and Midsize Foundries is a live online seminar from AFS focused entirely on the needs of the smaller foundry sector. Covering technical content and business issues, this event is aimed at owners, operators, officers, and anyone who handles production or management duties in a small or midsize foundry.  


  • February 14 - 17

Conference Agenda

Monday, February 14, 2022
Managing a Metalcasting Small to Mid-sized Business
9 - 10:15 a.m.
Establishing a Company-Wide Casting Quality Assurance Program


Ted Schorn
Enkei America Inc., Columbus, IN

10:15 - 10:45 a.m.
Safety; Assuring Protection for Your Personnel. Creating a "Safety First" Culture


Tom Slavin
Cardno Chemrisk, Chicago, IL

10:45 – 11 a.m.
11 a.m. - Noon
OSHA’s Top 10 From A Foundry Perspective


Brent Charlton
MetalTek, Auburn, IN

Will cover the most frequently cited standards and compliance strategies for each.

Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Approaches to Resolving the Worker Shortage & Retaining Workers (Labor Shortage)


Joey Leonard
HS Group HR Inc., Green Bay, WI

How to change view of foundries in younger generations.

12:30 – 1 p.m.
How to Win Customers for Your Castings


Marshall Miller
Tesserract 4D, Rock Spring, GA

Certifications (ISO, etc.)

1 p.m.
Day 1 Concludes
Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Managing a Metalcasting Small to Mid-sized Business
9 – 9:45 a.m.
Succession Planning


Jim Folk
The Folk Group, Bangor, PA

• Not considered often
• Different strategies for buying someone out

9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Open Forum: Unique Issues Facing the Smaller Foundry

• Biggest business issues?
• Biggest Technical issue?
   o Lessons Learned

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Pattern and Tooling Issues; Storage, Ownership, Disposal etc.

• How to handle insurance on them?
• Tooling sharing between foundries
• Manage tooling (systems)

11:30 a.m. - Noon
The Pros and Cons of using ERP


Jim Eaton
B&L Information Systems, Cassopolis, MI

• Disclaimers on products?
• Comfortability with change?

Noon – 1 p.m.
Outsourcing to Assist Small and Midsize Metal Casting Businesses


Pete Buczek & Chris Goetz
WGS Global Services, Flint, MI

The session will provide ways to use outside resources or shared services to meet the needs of the business with high quality and efficient services while reducing cost and investment. Examples and suggestions to look for low-cost solutions to allow companies to focus on their core business.

1 p.m.
Day 2 Concludes
On-Demand Content
AFS Programs for the Small and Medium Foundry Sector

• Worker Education
   o Overview of AFS e-Learning
   o AFS Institute
   o Upcoming Technical Conferences, Workshops & Webinars
• Overview of AFS Services/Corporate Member Benefits
   o Affinity Programs
• AFS Research

Wednesday, February 16, 2022
The Technology of Metalcasting
9 – 9:45 a.m.
Energy Cost Reduction/Preservation of Resources
9:45 – 10:30 a.m.
Computer Modeling in the Small Foundry

Larry Smiley
Finite Solutions, Inc., Hamilton, OH

• Foundry’s perspective on current programs?
• Find affordable options for smaller foundries?
• Find more efficient options for smaller work groups

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Real-Time Impact on Foundry Employee Safety & Risk Management


Melissa Glossup
KOSTechnology, LLC, Chicago, IL

• Demonstration over presentation
• Customer case study

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Material Handling: Labor Shortages, Storage, Safety, Wasteful Movements and Traceability
12:15 – 1 p.m.
Automation Opportunities for the Small Foundry


Ryan Showalter
Fresno Valves, Selma, CA

1 p.m.
Day 3 Concludes
Thursday, February 17, 2022
The Technology of Metalcasting
9 – 10:30 a.m.
Workshop Roundtable Discussion: Best Practices for Ferrous Melting


Ken Way
Miller and Company, Florence, KY

• Effect of Tramp Elements
• Chemistry and Alloying
• Non-standard consumables

9 – 10:30 a.m.
Workshop and Roundtable Discussion: Best Practices for Non-ferrous Melting


Brian Began & Steve Robison
American Foundry Society, Schaumburg, IL

• Oxide Control and Management
• Hydrogen Gas; Control and Elimination

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.
10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
3D Printing Opportunities
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Workshop Roundtable Discussion: Best Practices for Green Sand System Control
12:30 – 1 p.m.
1 p.m.
Workshop Concludes


Registration Fees

AFS Members: $350
Non-members: $525

Cancellations & Substitutions

AFS presents a variety of technical and management conferences (in both in-person and virtual formats). The refund policy for AFS conferences is as follows: 1) Substitutions are accepted at no charge at any time up until the start of the conference; 2) Full refunds are offered if AFS is notified in writing of cancellation at least 30 days in advance of the conference. No refunds or credits are available for less than 30 days written notice.