Spring 2019

Column: Great stories to tell

Every day, nearly 200,000 people go to work in America’s foundries, producing the complex engineered parts that are essential to modern life. From this economic activity – which constitutes a $33 billion industry – emerge countless great stories.

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See the future of metalcasting at CastExpo

Six-thousand people. More than 400 exhibitors. Dozens of technical and management sessions. A show floor measuring 106,000 square feet. And it’s all happening in one place: CastExpo 2019, April 27-30, at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

As North America’s largest metalcasting trade show and congress, CastExpo is where the industry converges to see the newest advancements in equipment and technology, hear the latest research, and keep current with business contacts and peers. 

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Find casting advice, conversations and more on CastingConnection

CastingConnection, an open forum initiated by AFS four years ago, is an outstanding individual member benefit available to all individual AFS members. 

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AFS committees are recruiting new members

If you’ve ever considered joining an AFS committee – or even if this is the first time you’ve given it some thought – now is a great time to get involved. 

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EHS Division announces new Innovation and Insight Award

The AFS Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Division is accepting applications for a new award, the AFS Safety and Health Innovation and Insight Award.

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What are the Future Directions in Steel Castings?

The American Foundry Society will sponsor a steel-castings workshop this July for the first time in more than 15 years. As technological advancements and other developments continue to shape steel casting, this one-day workshop will explore emerging trends in steel.

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Column: We asked, you answered: New programs from the Institute

"What training do you need and how do you want it delivered?"  These are the two questions that we have been asking the leaders of the metalcasting community. The answers are clear: more technical training topics, new operations and maintenance on-the-job training and new development opportunities for supervisors. 

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Wisconsin Chapter looks toward tomorrow at Regional

In its 81st year, the AFS Wisconsin Regional kicked off with AFS President Jean Bye (Dotson Iron Castings) announcing the direction of AFS and the success of the metalcasting industry.

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OSHA publishes crystalline silica Frequently Asked Questions for general industry

On Jan. 22, 2019, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) concerning the agency’s final rule regulating occupational exposure to respirable crystalline silica in general industry.

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AFS board member talks unfair Chinese trade practices on Fox News

AFS Board Member Brad Muller appeared on Fox News Jan. 22 to discuss the theft of intellectual property by state-subsidized Chinese businesses. 

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Corporate Member senior VP speaks to House committee

James M. Proctor II, senior vice president and general counsel for AFS Corporate Member McWane Inc. (Birmingham, Alabama), testified before the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure on Feb. 26. 

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AFS releases ‘Careers in Metalcasting’ video

Across the U.S., foundries are struggling to find enough workers. To help the industry reach the audience of potential metalcasters who are making career choices, the American Foundry Society has produced a video sharing the exciting story of rewarding careers in metalcasting.

“The Future of Careers in Metalcasting” features interviews with young metalcasting professionals – engineers, shop floor employees, salespeople, and more. These interviewees explain why they think metalcasting is the right career choice.

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Experience powerful metalcasting relationships at summit

The Foundry Leadership Summit (formerly the Foundry Leadership Conference) brings metalcasting industry leaders together for the best in networking, facilitated discussions, and presentations for a unique annual experience.

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AFS releases foundry wage and salary reports

The American Foundry Society has released a pair of reports detailing standard compensation practices in North American metalcasting plants. The reports can be used by foundries to attract and retain employees and negotiate union contracts.

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Milwaukee, Columbus to hold North America’s largest metalcasting events

The American Foundry Society, a dynamic trade and professional association serving the $33 billion metalcasting industry, has chosen Milwaukee and Columbus as host cities for Metalcasting Congress 2021 and CastExpo 2022, respectively.

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Air Products Foundation to donate to AFS Institute for each visitor at CastExpo

The American Foundry Society Institute, formerly the Cast Metals Institute, is pleased to announce it is receiving a generous donation from Air Products of Allentown, Pennsylvania, to support the Institute’s training for innovation in the workforce for the metalcasting industry.

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It's time to advocate for metalcasting

With hundreds of new lawmakers and congressional staff on Capitol Hill, it’s time to stand together as an industry. 

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