AFS announces Keating Founders’ Freedom Award winners

The American Foundry Society will honor two leaders in metalcasting for their contributions to the foundry industry in the field of government affairs.

Keating Award Winners
Bradford D. Muller, left, and Eric R. Meyers, right.

Bradford D. Muller and Eric R. Meyers are the 2018 recipients of the James P. Keating Founders’ Freedom Award, which recognizes significant work on behalf of the industry in government affairs, human resource management, safety and health, or education. The awards will be presented in September at the 2018 Foundry Leadership Conference.

Muller is vice president of marketing for Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company (Charlotte, North Carolina) and is the first chair of the AFS Management Council.

Muller was head of the AFS Government Affairs Committee for many years, and he testified on behalf of AFS before lawmakers and government agencies in Washington, D.C. At Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, he has hosted plant tours for members of Congress and for Vice President Mike Pence.

Meyers is CEO and president of Oil City Iron Works Inc. (Corsicana, Texas). He is a past chair of the AFS Texas Chapter and an active member of the AFS Government Affairs Committee. From that platform, Meyers advocates for effective public policies for the industry.

Meyers leads a delegation of Texans to the annual AFS Government Affairs Fly-In in Washington, D.C., and he hosts plant tours for members of Congress at Oil City Iron Works.

AFS has conferred the James P. Keating Founders’ Freedom Award, originally called the James P. Keating Award, since 1975. It is named in honor of James P. Keating of Neenah Foundry Company.

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