Winter 2019

CastExpo 2019: Metalcasting success starts here

It’s three years in the making: North America’s largest metalcasting trade show and congress. Now, CastExpo 2019 is nearly here.

Produced by AFS, CastExpo 2019 is April 27-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. Thousands are expected to attend, making it the continent’s biggest gathering of the metalcasting supply chain in 2019.

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From the CEO: Technical and research leadership at AFS

Doug Kurkul is CEO of the American Foundry Society.

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OSU, Central Ohio chapters have strong partnership

Eric Weiffenbach remembers visiting Ohio State University’s working foundry as a boy with his father. Today, Weiffenbach (Keener Sand & Clay Co.) continues that tradition – this time, as president of the AFS Central Ohio Chapter.

Every fall, the Central Ohio Chapter and the OSU Student Chapter come together for a joint dinner and meeting on campus at OSU. It’s an opportunity for the students to present their work and network with professionals, and a chance for the pros share their knowledge and recruit students into the industry.

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AFS debuts management, development summit

A brand new summit from AFS promises to develop the leadership savvy of metalcasters.

The AFS Metalcasting Management and Development Summit is Feb. 7-8 in Charleston, South Carolina. The theme of the summit is “Preparing our talent and culture for the future,” and it will cover contemporary workplace issues – everything from medical marijuana laws and the #metoo movement to ways to retain top talent and identify leadership blind spots.

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Industry earns wins on water infrastructure, sweepers

A new water infrastructure law and an agreement from OSHA on non-HEPA sweepers highlight recent policy victories for the metalcasting industry.

A comprehensive infrastructure bill backed by AFS won resounding support from Congress. America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021) provides more than $6 billion in funding for civil works projects nationwide, as well as important improvements for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. 

The bipartisan measure was signed  into law by President Donald Trump in October.

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EHS Division honors award-winners

A new award for green foundries and a lifetime achievement award for AFS 2nd Vice President Mike Lenahan were among the honors presented by the EHS Division at the AFS 30th Environmental, Health & Safety Conference in Ohio Oct. 9-11.

The Green Foundry Case Study Awards recognize AFS Corporate Members for achievements in sustainable industry, innovation and environmental engagement. This is the first year they have been awarded. The winners are:

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AFS meets CIC

AFS staff met with the next generation of metalcasters at the Foundry Educational Foundation's College Industry Conference, Nov. 15-16 in Chicago.

The annual event attracts promising students at FEF schools who are looking for careers in metalcasting. Prospective employers meet with the students, many of whom come away with internships and job offers.

AFS was on hand to answer questions and network with students and professors. Andrew Rose of Penn State University also was presented with a scholarship from Modern Casting magazine.

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Column: Improve your leadership IQ

Being an effective leader of people in today’s world seems to be much more complicated than in years past. 

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