Outstanding foundry EHS achievements honored with division awards

Two eminent foundry EHS experts were among several dozen people and organizations honored by the AFS Environmental, Health & Safety Division at the 33rd EHS Conference in Alabama.

Craig Schmeisser was presented on Oct. 6 with the Childress-Loebler Lifetime Achievement Award, the division’s highest honor. Schmeisser, a longtime environmental consultant and the founder of Mad River Strategies, is only the 14th person in AFS history to receive this award.

The Childress-Loebler Award recognizes individuals who, through dedication, innovation, and perseverance throughout their careers, have brought a vision of improved environmental, health, and safety performance to fruition in the metalcasting industry.

Schmeisser has a long track record of service to the foundry industry and to AFS. He is a frequent presenter at conferences and has published nearly a dozen papers on foundry air emissions. He has held numerous leadership positions within the EHS Division and is respected throughout the metalcasting industry for his expertise in the field of foundry air.

“Craig Schmeisser is arguably one of the most unselfish, passionate, hard-working, and dedicated environmental, health and safety experts to ever work within the metalcasting industry,” his nomination papers read.


Scholz wins Stone Award

Bob Scholz is the winner of the 2021 Jonathan Stone Outstanding EHS Contribution Award from AFS.

Scholz, senior project manager for TRC Companies, is an accomplished EHS professional whose study on foundry heat stress programs became the basis for a new ASTM heat stress standard. A longtime contributor to the EHS Division and a frequent speaker at many conferences, Scholz’s work in the industry stretches over 50 years.

The Jonathan Stone Award recognizes individuals who have made a significant and valuable EHS-related contribution to the industry in the recent past and who provide exemplary service to the industry.

“Bob Scholz’s contributions to the metalcasting industry have been innumerable and of the highest standard,” his award presentation said. “We are all more knowledgeable and safer because of the outstanding work Bob has provided.”


Other EHS Division Awards

Gary E. Mosher New Member Award

Recognizes people who actively participate in committee activities and who make a meaningful contribution during their first two years of membership.

Wesley Fleming, Senior Project Engineer, Keramida, Inc.
Since joining AFS, Wesley Fleming has been active in both the Air Quality Committee and the Water, Waste, & By-Products Management Committee, where he has worked on the subcommittee which updated AFS’s Beneficial Reuse Manual. He has also provided valuable input on EPA’s e-manifesting developments.


EHS Division Service Citations

Bob Forrester, Director of HSE at Neptune Technology Group, Tallesse, AL
For years of active service on the Safety & Health Committee.

Bryant Esch, Director of Environmental Engineering at Waupaca Foundry, Waupaca, WI
For years of active committee service and recent leadership of the Water, Waste, & By-Products Management Committee.

Earl Miller, Director of Innovation & Engineering at Hiler Industries, Accurate Castings, LaPorte, IN
For years of active committee service to all 3 EHS technical committees.

Jenny Pappalardo, Environmental Engineer with Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Co., Charlotte, NC
For years of active service on Air Quality & WWBPM committees and her service as secretary of the WWBPM committee.

Jeff Krause, Director, Environmental, Health & Safety at HA International, Westmont, IL
For years of active service on all 3 EHS technical committees.

Martin Stromberger, Senior Project Manager, TRC, West Allis, WI
For years of service to the Air Quality Committee.


Millionaires Safety Award

For facilities which have achieved one-million hours, or any million-hour increment, without a lost-time incident.



Safe Year Awards

For facilities which have achieved 365 calendar days without a lost-time accident.

Buck Company

Grede – Iron Mountain

Grede – Menomonee Falls

Metal Technologies

Mueller Water Products Company

Supreme Core Holdings, LLC – Alabaster

Supreme Core Holdings, LLC – South Carolina

Advanced Cast Products, Inc.

Emerson Appleton Group LLC – South Milwaukee Foundry

JR Hoe & Sons

Lethbridge Iron Works Co. Ltd.

Lincoln Electric Automation, Inc.

Manitowoc Grey Iron Foundry

Stainless Foundry & Engineering, Inc