AFS Announces 2024 Casting of the Year Competition Winners

A Midwestern corporate-member iron foundry with a reputation for producing complex castings has been crowned winner of the prestigious 2024 AFS/Casting Source Casting of the Year competition. 

St. Marys Foundry (St. Marys, Ohio) captured the overall title in this year's contest, which attracted submissions of remarkable castings from metalcasters throughout North America. All winners were selected by a blue-ribbon panel of independent judges with expertise in metalcasting design and production.

Other honorees were Meridian Lightweight Technologies, Lethbridge Iron Works Company Ltd., Impro Industries, Linamar Structures, corporate member Matthews International, Lee Brass, corporate member Amsted Rail - Granite City, and corporate member Watry Industries LLC, each recognized for their exceptional contributions to the field of metalcasting. The categories in which they won are listed below.

St. Marys' submission, a 6,600-pound ductile iron power frame, greatly impressed the judges. Operating in extremely harsh conditions, the pump for which it's designed pressurizes fluid at 15,000 psi to crack rock deep in the earth to release oil and gas. The casting replaces a fabricated weldment, increasing the part's lifecycle from 6,000 hours to more than 20,000 hours of service in the field.

St. Marys’ Casting of the Year, along with other finalists, will be showcased on the sold-out exhibit floor at Metalcasting Congress 2024. The event runs April 23 – 25 at the Baird Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, with the show floor open on April 24 through noon April 25. Registration is available here.

"We extend our heartfelt congratulations to St. Marys Foundry and all the finalists of the 2024 AFS/Casting Source Casting of the Year competition. Their remarkable achievements exemplify the spirit of innovation and excellence that drives the metalcasting industry forward," said AFS CEO Doug Kurkul. "We are proud to showcase their groundbreaking work at Metalcasting Congress 2024 and celebrate their significant contributions to our field."


St. Marys Foundry, Ltd.

Location: St. Marys, Ohio, USA

Submission: Power Frame

Material: Ductile ASTM A395 60-40-18

Process: Gravity Pour - Nobake Sand

Weight: 6600 lbs.

Dimensions: 67.4 in. x 53.4 in. x 43.6 in.

Application: Frac pump frame



Meridian Lightweight Technologies

Location: Strathroy, Ontario, Canada

Submission: MY2021 Acura-TLX Steering Hanger Beam (SHB) Assembly

Material: AM60B magnesium alloy

Process: High-Pressure Die Casting (HPDC)

Weight: 5.43kg

Dimensions: 34 mm. x 154 cm. x 70 cm.

Application: Provides first-rate rigidity and safety with weight reduction and energy management



Lethbridge Iron Works Company Ltd.

Location: Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada

Submission: Row Cleaner Shoe

Material: 80-55-06 Ductile Iron

Process: Green Sand (Hunter 10)

Weight: 7.3 lbs

Dimensions: Approx. 8 in. x 7 in. x 6 in.

Application: Agricultural equipment - removes debris from the seed trench while seeding



Amsted Rail - Granite City

Location: Granite City, IL, USA

Submission: GSI Transit Truck Set

Material: 2% Nickel Steel

Process: No Bake Sand – 3D Print

Weight: 3150 lbs. and 2200 lbs.

Dimensions: 56 in. x 145 in. x 26 in. and 31 in. x 117 in. x 23 in.

Application: Provides support and mobility to cars



Linamar Structures

Location: Fruitport, Michigan, USA

Submission: Battery Electric Vehicle Semi-Trailing Arm

Material: A356-T6 Aluminum

Process: VRC/PRC

Weight: 23.5 kg cast/19.6kg mach

Dimensions: 656.10 mm. x 724.27 mm. x 325.43 mm.

Application: Rear chassis/suspension arm



Matthews International

Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Submission: Anchor

Material: Custom Bronze Alloy

Process: Sand Casting

Weight: 14.6 lbs.

Dimensions: 20 in. x 12.5 in. x 3 in.

Application: A piece for architectural or memorial functions -- depending on customization



Impro Industries

Location: Diamond Bar, California, USA

Submission: Bearing Housing

Material: Ductile Iron

Process: Green Sand Molding

Weight: 9.85kg

Dimensions: 13 in. x 10.5 in. x 5 in.

Application: Transmission system for commercial vehicles



Lee Brass Acquisitions LLC.

Location: Anniston, Alabama, USA

Submission: Diversion Valve Body

Material: C89833

Process: 3D-Printed Sand Mold

Weight: 17.8 lbs.

Dimensions: 9.5 in. x 5.19 in.

Application: Used in the wastewater industry



Watry Industries LLC

Location: Sheboygan, Wisconsin, USA

Submission: V12 Outboard Engine Oil Sump

Material: A356.0 - T6

Process: Reverse Tilt Semi-Perm Mold

Weight: 51 lbs.

Dimensions: 23 in. x 18 in. x 15 in.

Application: Reservoir for engine oil


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