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March 18, 2011 

H1Public Policy 

A1Mike Kamnikar Testifies for FIA About Problems in OSHA/EPA Rule Making Process

Association VP Mike Kamnikar, of The Ellwood Group, represented the forging industry before the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform's Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs, Stimulus Oversight and Government Spending during testimony in Washington on March 9th.  He spoke about problems in the rule making process that include a lack of understanding of manufacturing supply chains as well as a lack of transparency and stakeholder involvement in the process.


Mike cited specific examples of 1) EPA's Regulation of Green House Gases, 2) The EPA proposal for metalworking to be included in the Development of Financial Responsibility Requirement, and 3) OSHA's proposed reinterpretation of the Noise Standard.  Written testimony submitted by FIA additionally covered EPA's Toxic Release Inventory Exemption rule and overreach of The National Labor Relations Board.


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To watch the session (Mike's testimony starts at 32:36 min.) see:


Our growing presence and influence in Washington facilitated by The Laurin Baker Group led to the invitation to testify.  Thank you, Mike and the Bakers for a great job of representing FIA!



Mike Roy



H2Welcome New Members 

A2 Welcome Milwuakee Forge and Ovako North America

FIA's is happy to welcome two new members this month:

         Milwaukee Forge ( returns to FIA after a short absence.  Milwaukee Forge is a custom producer of impression die forgings for the defense, industrial equipment, off-highway, power generation and oil field markets. 


Tim McQuillan, CFO, will serve as Official Representative.  (414-744-4565)


         Ovako North America, Inc. ( located in Fort Mill, SC, supplies hot rolled steel bar to the North American forging industry. 

Mikael Wiel, President, will serve as Official Representative to FIA. (803-802-4580)


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H3Annual Meeting of Members 

A32011 FIA Annual Meeting in Scottsdale; Hotel Reservations Due April 4.

FIA Members are encouraged to register for the 2011 FIA Annual Meeting to be held at the always popular Hyatt Regency Gainey Ranch in Scottsdale, AZ. April 30- May 3.  Perfect weather should welcome guests to hear an all star line of relevant topics and exceptional speakers. A casual outdoor welcoming reception and dinner on April 30 will feature a Sink or Swim Fundraiser for FIERF. Amateurs, hacks, scratch golfers and pros are welcome to test their skills at closest to the pin. It's just for fun - and fundraising  for student scholarships!


Sunday's program will open with a mid-year look at the 2011 economy with Dr. Ken Mayland. What is having the biggest impact? How will a company prepare for high inflation. We'll follow with a look at what it takes to be named "The Best Plant in America" by the winner itself - American Axle & Mfg.  Forbes Magazine Publisher Rich Karlgaard will end the business day with a look at innovations that can save your company and career.


Monday's program will focus in the internal aspects of FIA, and what it is accomplishing to add value to your dues dollar. Lobby Day, IFM 2011, and progress on FIA Strategic Plan and Technology Roadmap will be covered. The FIA Annual Safety Awards will also be presented. Immediately following the FIA Official Business session, four roundtables will be held.


The closing day will open with a look at a trade mission that will be held in conjunction with the 20th International Forging Congress in India this November. The remainder of the morning promises to be an interesting one for all, as Ken Gronbach - acclaimed demographer and highly regarded by the National Association Manufacturers as well as many of their members, will look at the coming worldwide demographic change and how it will impact us personally and professionally.


PLEASE NOTE: The Hyatt Regency has informed us that guest rooms for these dates are selling extremely fast and they are projecting a sellout situation by our guaranteed reservation date of April 4th. To avoid having to stay at a nearby hotel, please send in your registrations ASAP.  Click Here for registration form and to view the meeting program.

H4Meeting / Conferences 

A4Only a Few More Days to Register for Technical Conference!


  Eighteen presentations to update you on the latest research and technologies to affect the forging industry;

  Twenty Three exhibits;

  Networking with industry, academic and research representatives; and

  Plant Tours of Jernberg Industries facilities


At the 28th Forging Industry Technical Conference April 5-7 at the Hyatt Regency Woodfield in Schaumburg, IL.

See the conference brochure for complete agenda and registration information.  Contact Connie (  or 216.781.6260) to register today!


A518th International Forgemasters Meeting (IFM), September 12-15, 2011 in Pittsburgh

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 - will showcase the best in forging technical presentations for and from  the worldwide forging community.


This premier event, sponsored by the Ellwood Group, Inc.  and organized by Forging Industry Association will be held September 12-15, 2011 at the Omni William Penn Hotel in downtown Pittsburgh.   The 18th IFM will include two full days of open exhibition, plus numerous social and business functions, which will allow you to network with and learn from forging decision makers from around the world.


Highlight Events


80 Technical Sessions from 12 nations.


10 Country/regional market overviews from the world's leading open die forging producer nations.


35 Exhibits and table top displays featuring leading global suppliers to the forging industry.


2 Plant tour excursions  featuring visits to 5 forging and supplier companies.


Plenty of networking opportunities , including three nightly receptions.



The meeting program is being finalized and will soon be released. Complete information and registration materials will also be on the IFM website .



H5Scholarship Opportunities 

A6Scholarship Applications Due by April 15

Do you know an engineering student entering their junior year at university in the fall?  Applications for 2011 Finkl Scholarships must be received by April 15th.  Students with a connection to the forging industry - parents or relatives employed in the industry or who have interned with FIA Member Companies - are given first consideration.  


Up to fifteen Finkl Scholarships of $4000 will be awarded this year.  See the FIA Website for application, program guidelines and a biography of Charles W. Finkl in whose honor the scholarships are named.




A7Free Data on Chinese Exchange Rates, Shipping Costs, Raw Material and Scrap Costs

Data on scrap iron, carbon steel, alloy, stainless, brass and aluminum is now available from the China Business Network (CBN). This information is useful whether or not a company is active in the China market .  Manufacturers use the data to spot trends which impact their decisions on when and where to buy, where a competitive price advantage might exist for sales into China, and, because of the narrowing competitive advantage held by Chinese manufacturing over manufacturing in the U.S., when the time might be right to try to bring a lost manufacturing project back to the U.S. from China. Please visit  to view data.




A8Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium Now Gathers and Posts Federal Procurements

The Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium now gathers and posts federal procurements of National Stock Numbered items with forged content.   A summary of the regular data scan is posted in a tabular format at   Data includes:  National Stock Number, [Part] Nomenclature, Technical Documents, Solicitation #,  Purchase Request # and PR Quantity, Issue Date, Return by Date.   ATI can advise you on how best to approach these business opportunities.   Contact either Jon Tirpak ( or Chris Bergner ( at ATI for more information.


A9 LEAP = Learn→Earn→Apply→Practice! Program

FDMC supports the Ohio State University's Industrial Engineering LEAP = Learn→Earn→Apply→Practice! Program. This internship program was inspired by a desire to help more undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Industrial, Welding and Systems Engineering at The Ohio State University to gain work experience in Industrial Engineering while remaining on campus throughout the academic year.  For this program to be successful, forges are asked to sponsor part-time jobs and internships. The LEAP Program is a low risk approach for improving your company's performance while training future industrial engineers for the forging industry. Contact Professor Shahrukh Irani for details. (Phone:  (614) 688-4685; Email


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