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.

The Air Products Foundation will donate $100 to the AFS Institute on behalf of every visitor to its booth at CastExpo 2019, up to $15,000. CastExpo 2019 is April 27-30 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.

“Air Products is committed to helping advance the foundry industry,” said Pedro Riveros, Director‒Strategy, Technology, and Sourcing‒IG Americas, at Air Products. “We are proud to support industry-wide training from the AFS Institute, which we believe will help foster future innovation and strengthen the industry as a whole.”

Clarence Trowbridge, who leads the Institute as AFS vice president of education and workforce development, thanked Air Products for its donation.

“We’re so grateful for this inventive way to raise money for the AFS Institute,” Trowbridge said. “This gift from the Air Products Foundation will support our mission of providing training for excellence in metalcasting.”

AFS CEO Doug Kurkul said, “This grant will play a pivotal role in allowing the AFS Institute to define and deliver innovative training pathways that are closely aligned to the evolving career paths in modern metalcasting.”

Founded in 1940, Air Products is a world‐leading industrial gases company that provides atmospheric and process gases and related equipment to manufacturing markets, including glass, refining and petrochemical, metals, electronics, and food and beverage. Air Products is also the world’s leading supplier of liquefied natural gas process technology and equipment.

AFS, headquartered in Schaumburg, IL, is a dynamic technical and advocacy organization that serves and represents the $33 billion metalcasting industry. The AFS Institute is the educational arm of AFS, providing workforce development training and education to metalcasters across all metals and processes.