Plant Tours

Scalia tour

U.S. Department of Labor Sec. Eugene Scalia tours AFS Corporate Member Charlotte Pipe & Foundry in February 2020. Scalia was later a featured speaker in the virtual AFS Advocacy Summit in May 2020, discussing public policy, supply chains, and their impact on the $44B metalcasting industry.

Ted Cruz

Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) visited AFS Corporate Member Oil City Irons Works to discuss the needs of the workforce and the Education Freedom Scholarships & Opportunity Act. Senator Cruz participated in a roundtable discussion with several local officials, business leaders, and education leaders about manufacturing in Texas. 

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp and his team visited AFS Corporate Member Goldens' Foundry and Machine Co.  in Columbus, GA in August 2019. Governor Kemp had a chance to tour the family-owned foundry and meet employees.

Left to right: Gov. Kemp, George Boyd, Jr, VP of Sales & Administration, GFMCO and John Boyd, Plant Manager, GFMCO - Columbus.

Rep. Jim Jordan

AFS Corporate Member Elyria Foundry hosted Representative Jim Jordan (OH-4) for a plant tour on Aug. 8, 2019. He also spoke to foundry employees and praised them for their hard work. Elyria Foundry produces large gray and ductile iron specialty castings.

(Credit Bruce Bishop / Chronicle)

Harmony Castings

Representative Mike Kelly (PA-16) toured Harmony Castings August 1, 2019 at the foundry's Harmony, PA location.

Left to right: Harmony Castings Plant Manager Mark Fallen, Rep. Mike Kelly, and Rep. Kelly aid Tim Butler. 

U.S. Congressman Jim Banks tours AFS Corporate Member Metal Technologies.

U.S. Congressman Jim Banks (IN-3) tours AFS Corporate Member Metal Technologies in Auburn, Indiana.

Bill Johnson

Ryan Burke, President of a family-owned iron foundry, OSCO Industries, Jackson, Ohio, hosted Congressman Bill Johnson (OH-6) for a plant tour on Friday, October 12, 2018. They discussed recent improvements to the foundry, as well as shortage of unskilled and skilled workers throughout the metalcasting industry, as well health care costs, and the impact of the Section 232 and China 301 tariffs. Congressman Johnson was a 2018 recipient of the AFS Metalcasting Industry Eagle Award for his strong support of the metalcasting industry as a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

Charlotte Pipe and Foundry

AFS Corporate Member Charlotte Pipe and Foundry hosted Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11) and congressional candidate for an Oct. 9 2018 plant tour to see first-hand how pipe castings are produced and discuss key issues impacting the metalcasting industry.

Left to right in the picture -- Roddey Dowd Jr, CEO, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry; Rep. Mark Meadows (NC-11); Mark Harris, congressional candidate for NC-9th district; TJ Costello, Foundry Director of Operations, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry; and, Greg Simmons, Senior VP, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry.

Sen. Cruz at Oil City

Eric Meyers, president of AFS Corporate Member Oil City Iron Works (Corsicana, Texas) meets in August 2018 with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). Meyers presented Cruz with an elephant casting poured at Oil City Iron Works.

Bremen foundry tour

AFS Corporate Member Bremen Castings (Bremen, Indiana) hosts Indiana Senate Republican candidate Mike Braun in August 2018 for a foundry tour. Pictured in the front row, from left, are Jordan Brown, Bremen Castings President JB Brown and Braun.