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August 31, 2010 

Welcome New Members H1

A1Welcome New Members!

FIA's newest forging producer company member is Bharat Forge America (  Located in Lansing, MI, Bharat produces custom impression die, open die and rolled rings for the automotive, energy, mining, wind and oil and gas markets.  Kelly Kennedy, Country Manager North America, will serve as Official Representative to FIA.


Located in Moline, IL, Frizzelle & Parsons Die Sinking Co. ( ) supplies forge and trim dies, rams and sow blocks to the forging industry.  Richard C. (Dick) Parsons, Pres. & Owner, will serve as Official Representative.


Marketing H2

A22010 Marketing Workshop in Nashville, September 21-22


Sales and marketing professionals from company and supplier companies are encouraged to reserve September 21-22 for the 2010 Marketing Workshop. The meeting will kick off with an opening lunch, followed by the keynote session:"Communicate with Power: Unleashing Potential to Influence". This will be followed by the Nuclear Energy Institute's overview on this evolving energy market. The day's business will conclude with a look at "How the 'New China' Changes the Game for Western Mid-Tier Manufacturers". The day will begin September 22 with a dynamic session on "How Selling has Nothing to do with Selling"... or why most sales people are very good at a game no longer being played. The Workshop will wrap up with Global Insight's forecast for major forging markets.  Click here or contact FIA for complete registration information.

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A3FIA to Exhibit at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011

FIA is an exhibitor and  Official Supporting Organization for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011. CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2011 is the tradeshow for what's new in construction and will be the meeting place for construction industry professionals.  The show will take place March 22-26, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Expo will showcase :


         New products and technologies - Get close and size-up the newest in equipment and technology available anywhere in the construction industry.  See in person where your products or services fit in these assemblies and end products.

         Meet today's top technical experts - Tap construction experts in person for applicable ideas useful to your business now and in the future. Get your equipment questions answered by the designers themselves-while you're actually looking "under the hood".

Also, CONEXPO-CON/AGG will co-locate with IFPE 2011 and ICON Expo 2011. Together CONEXPO-CON/AGG, IFPE and ICON Expo will be the complete resource for the construction industry!

Advanced registration is now open! Register before February 21, 2011 to receive discounted pricing. This is an important event for our industry and we want to make sure you are there! Click here to register. For more information, visit 

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A4FIA to Exhibit at Power-Gen International 2010
FIA will represent its Member companies through exhibition at the Power Gen International Show, December 14-16, 2010, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Over 18,000 attendees are expected for the power industry's three-day information exchange designed to share practical experiences, knowledge and ideas on the latest trends and challenges. Plenty of Forging Capability Guide CDs promoting member custom forging services will be distributed. It's expected that many domestic and offshore forging operations will send personnel to prospect this growing market segment. See for more information on exhibiting or attending the show.


Fall Meeting of MembersH3

A6Mark Your Calendars - FIA Fall Meeting, October 25-26, Atlanta, GA

FIA company and supplier senior executives are encouraged to mark their calendars for the 2010 FIA Fall Meeting to take place October 25-26, 2010 at The Wyndham Peachtree Conference Center, Peachtree City (Atlanta), GA. The Conference will begin with a lunch at approximately 12:00 Noon on the 25th and conclude at 12:00 Noon on the 26th. We'll open with favorite economist Larry Chimerine discussing key business trends. An election overview from the Laurin Baker groups follows. An overview of European forging trends from the vice president of EUROFORGE will wrap up presentations. Roundtables will end the business day. An evening cocktail reception and dinner will allow for that favorite networking time sought by all attendees. The following day will feature a look at the oil and gas market and the impact of the BP spill. Several new topics and areas relevant to the FIA Strategic Plan will then be presented. The meeting will end with a look at 'High Performance' Leadership skills for taking your employees to the next level. Click here or contact FIA for complete registration information.


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Political ActionH4

A7ForgingPAC Update

In case you missed it, FIA formed a political action committee (ForgingPAC) to support candidates for federal office who understand the forging industry and support policies that improve our industry's competitiveness.

As of August 20th ForgingPAC has received almost $20,000 in contributions from individuals who believe in the PAC's mission.  To date the PAC Steering committee has approved financially supporting 16 candidates who support manufacturing in this country, (Click here) for list of candidates.

It is not too late to join in this effort, and I hope you will sign the Authorization to Solicit Form, (Click here), granting ForgingPAC permission to solicit you and your designated staff.

If you have any questions about ForgingPAC or how to become more involved in the political process and FIA, please do not hesitate to contact Roy Hardy. 

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A8NEW - Washington Rapid Response Team

FIA was approached by The Laurin Baker Group, our lobbyists, with a concern/problem relative to the ever increasing activity in Washington.   It is common knowledge that if there is reluctance in Congress to address one of the President's priorities, then federal agencies are proposing and implementing rules to advance his agenda.  Between the amount of this activity and the speed at which it is happening there is a need for quick turnaround for The Bakers' technical questions when determining if there is an impact on the forging industry.  In the past a call would be made to FIA offices for advice, and the Technical Director or the Ex VP would assist them.  The problem arises when we are unavailable or if we don't know the answer and then additional calls need to be made and so on and so on.  The staff has come up with a solution to the problem that will also add to the depth of the experience and expertise when answering the open question.


We have created a "Washington Rapid Response Team" that will consist of members of the Public Policy Committee, members of the Safety and Health Committee, members of the Plant Engineering Committee, and FIA staff.   The sole purpose of this group will be to provide quick technical assistance when needed by the Bakers to determine the relevancy of a proposed agency regulations and/or congressional legislation.


The question with background information will be sent to the entire Team in one "blast email", and a request for any and all answers to be sent within 24 hours to the Bakers and copied to the entire team.


Special thanks to the dedicated members who have added this responsibility to their busy schedules.   Volunteer Team members are: Dick Johnston - Trinity Forge; Roy Ludwig - Portland Forge; Rick Recktenwald - Walker Forge; Richard Rooker - Green Bay Drop Forge; Jerry Smith - Ajax Rolled Ring.


Member OpportunitiesH5

A9Open Die/Rolled Ring Committee

FIA is happy to announce the new members of the Open Die/Rolled Ring Committee:  Darryl Hammock - Weld Mold Company; David Morton - Rotek Incorporated; Bill Nardone - Ellwood City Forge; Kevin O'Connell - McInnes Rolled Rings; Kevin Shaw - Lenape Forged Products; Mark Sutton - Erie Press Systems.

The mission of the committee is to identify and satisfy member needs and develop helpful services to promote the interchange of ideas and information that will strengthen the Open Die and Rolled Ring segments of the forging industry

Using input from the OD/RR Roundtable at the Annual Meeting in May, the committee is planning a conference for spring of 2011 that will include meaningful programming and a plant visitation.


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A10Updated FIA Membership Directory Now Available! 

Updated FIA Membership Directories have been mailed to all member company locations.  The 2010-2011 Directory contains the names of 289 member locations and 1,200 industry executives. 


Member companies interested in additional copies of the Directory (hard copy or on CD in MSWord), can purchase them for $25.  To order, please contact Billie at FIA ( or (Click Here) to download a PDF order form.  


For your convenience, the Directory is also available for viewing or downloading from the Members Only section of the FIA website by (Clicking here) FIA's On-line Directory allows two options for may view and search the directory on-line, or you may download a copy of this directory to your own computer. 


A11Selling Forgings to Uncle Sam Seminar - FREE

Sept. 23rd from 10:30am - 11:30am EST

Oct. 21st from 11:00am - 12:00pm EST


Location: Virtual (GoToMeeting)


The Forging Industry Association - Department of Defense Manufacturing Consortium (FDMC) invites you to participate in the "Selling Forgings to Uncle Sam" seminar. This offering will communicate the steps necessary to sell forgings directly to the government, and the resources available to assist in the process. (Click here) for more information.


You may have noticed in recent mailings and meeting announcements that FIA and FIERF are sporting a new look. With a strong nod to our collective roots (the anvils) we are going for a simple clean look that clearly shows who we are and the direct connection of the two entities.  We are hesitant to use the word BRANDING, but these designs are meant to demonstrate graphically the bond between FIA and FIERF.

As we are switching over to the new logos we have discovered that the old ones are used in literally hundreds of places, so please bear with us over the coming weeks as we transition to the new ones.  All members will be receiving the artwork for your use on web pages and printed materials in the very near future.


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International ForgeMasters H6

A13Attention Forgemasters Worldwide - 18th IFM Call For Papers Issued

The 18th International Forgemasters Meeting (IFM) will bring together hundreds of forging and supplier executives representing leading manufacturing companies from across the globe.  This extraordinary event - to be held in downtown Pittsburgh, USA -- will showcase the best in forging technical presentations for the worldwide forging community.


This premier event is hosted by the Ellwood Group, Inc. (EGI) and organized by Forging Industry Association (FIA).  Individuals interested in presenting a technical paper at the conference click here to review abstract submission details.


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Technology H7

A14Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys Industry/University Research Center Planned

Colorado School of Mines, in conjunction with the University of North Texas, has received an NSF grant to propose an industry/University partnership to develop a Center for Advanced Non-Ferrous Structural Alloys.  The Center, supported by an annual membership fee of industry participants, would coordinate faculty expertise and student participation at the universities to address the physical metallurgy of non-ferrous alloys. 


As a FIA Member, you are invited to participate in a planning meeting October 12-13, 2010 in Golden, Colorado to set the stage for the Center's management and initial research projects.  Planned membership rates are $30,000 per year for a full membership and $15,000 for partial membership.  For more information, contact Professor Michael J. Kaufman ( or 303.273.3009) or FIERF Professor Chet Van Tyne ( or 303.273.3793)

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A15Abstracts for Industry Technical Conference Presentation Due October 1st

The 28th Industry Technical Conference will be held March 5-7 in Chicago, IL.  Individuals interested in making a technical presentation at the conference must submit a 200 word abstract by October 1st to be considered by the Organizing Committee for inclusion.


The conference is designed to provide the best in forging technology, report out industry research, encourage networking with industry, academia and research partners and offer a table top exhibit of relevant industry products and information.  For more information see the conference's Call for Papers.


Safety H8

A16September / October Safety & Health Newsletter
In this Issue:

         Ajax Rolled Ring & Manufacturing Uses Forging University in a Creative Way

         Are You Taking Advantage of the Forging University Safety Training Courses?

         Safety Star Awards

         Safety & Health Committee 2010 / 2011 Objectives


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