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March 2012


FIA Welcomes Five New Company Members!

Electrotherm (www.electrothermindustry.com )

Electrotherm manufactures rotary hearth furnaces, drop bottom ovens, compact and large rotary hearth furnaces in Israel for the forging industry. Scott Miller, US Sales Manager, will serve as Official Representative (314.412.7546)


Forge USA (www.forgeusa.com).

Located in Houston, TX, Forge USA is an open die producer of carbon, alloy and stainless custom forgings for the Industrial Equipment and Oil Field Markets.  

Kris McSherry, Plant Manager, will serve as Official Representative.  [713.869.7577]


Forged Vessel Connections a Division of Ameri-Forge Group (www.fvc.cc). 

Located in Houston, Forged Vessel Connections is an open die producer of custom and catalog forgings for the Industrial Equipment, Power Generation, Oil Field and Pressure Vessel Markets.

Gary Perkin, Plant Manager, will serve as Official Representative.   [713.688.9705]


Meritor, Inc. (www.meritor.com )

With the forge shop in Morristown, TN and corporate headquarters in Troy, MI, Meritor is a captive impression die and rolled ring producer of forgings for the Off-Highway & Agriculture and Automotive & Truck markets. 

Kasi Nath, Director - Purchasing will serve as Official Representative.   [248.435.4406]


Summit Tool Company (www.summittoolcompany.com ). 

Located in Akron, Ohio, Summit Tool is an impression, open and cold forging producer of custom and catalog forgings for the Defense, Off-Highway & Agriculture, Automotive & Truck and Hardware & Tool Markets.

Doug Romstadt, President, will serve as Official Representative.  [330.535.1957] 


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Lakeview Forge Celebrates 75 Years of FIA Membership

     Lakeview Forge                                                                            
Matthew L. Bacon, President, shows off the blacksmith statuette that    commemorates Lakeview's 75 years of membership in FIA and a history of over 100 years producing quality custom forgings.  Congratulations, Lakeview Forge Co., and thank you for your ongoing commitment to FIA.




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Welcome New Company Members!
Lakeview Forge Celebrates 75 years
Thank You HHI, Keystone, Danieli, & Pat Crow!
Registration Open-FIA Annual Meeting
Want to Know More About FIA
FIA Marketing Benchmarking Qestionnaires
Finkl Scholarship Applications Deadline
The Forging Career Center
Therory & Applications of Forging & Die Design School
Forging Design Seminar
Mark your calendars! Tech Conference!
Forging Foundation Raising Funds
FIA to Exhibit at AeroMat 2012; Power Gen 2012
Planning Ahead for a Metallurgist

Thank you - HHI, Keystone, Danieli and W. Pat Crow!

The Foundation would like to thank these four FIA Member Companies who are investing in the future of the industry by their Anvil Society Support! 


Two organizations have stepped up their levels of support to the Forging Foundation -  HHI Forgings, LLC to the Platinum Society level of giving and Keystone Forging Co. to Silver.


We also welcome two new Anvil Society Members - Danieli Corp. at Silver and W. Pat Crow Forgings at Bronze.


Thank you to all contributors! To learn more about the Anvil Societies and how your organization can participate, please contact Karen Lewis at 216.781.6260 or karen@forging.org.


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Registration Open - FIA Annual Meeting, May 5-8, Palm Beach, FL

FIA company and supplier senior executives are encouraged to register for the 2012 FIA Annual Meeting to take place at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. The agenda will target issues of interest and concern to all members... the 2012 election, energy, economics and the world's forging industry. The program highlight will be a 'dueling' presentation by husband and wife team Mary Matalin and James Carville as they comment on the state of American politics and the 2012 election - from both sides of the aisle.


Other topics of interest:

         The 2012 Economic Update: Prospering in a Slow-Growth Economy

         Forging Market Forecast

         Size of the World Forging Pie and How Big is Our Slice?

         A look at the Brazilian Forging Industry

         Current & Future Trends in Power Generation Technologies

         The Manufacturing Workforce in 2020

         Public Policy Issues Affecting Our Industry


In addition, Safety awards and FIA and FIERF updates are always an important item in the agenda. We look forward to seeing you in Palm Beach this May ! And if you're a new comer to the Annual Meeting, or have not been there in a while, please be sure to take advantage of our special discount on registration fees.

Click here to see an invitation video to the Annual Meeting. For more information on the meeting, Click here. For those ready to register, Click here to register electronically.


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Want to Know More About FIA and How to Gain the Largest Return on Your Investment of Time and Dues?

Join us for a webinar to Maximize the Value of Your FIA Membership. 


Webinars are currently scheduled for:

         Thursday, April 19, 2012; 1-2:30 pm EDT

         Friday, May 18th, 2012; 1-2:30 pm EDT


Limited to 15 participants, topics will cover the broad array of Association and Foundation programs and activities - many of which are new and a few of which you may not be aware. 


The session will enable participants to develop action items to match individual company needs to the tools and resources available with FIA. 

Contact Karen Lewis (karen@forging.org or 216.781.6260) to register. 

If these dates aren't convenient, or you'd like to arrange for a presentation more specific to your individual organization and include additional members of your management team, contact Karen for a customized program.

FIA Marketing Benchmarking Questionnaires E-Mailed

Would you like to know how you compare to the rest of the forging industry on customer rejection rates... inventory and receivable turns... on time delivery performance ... and much, much more?  Then be sure to participate in the 2012 FIA Marketing Benchmarking survey. Issued only once every three years, this survey has proven to be one of FIA's most popular... but you only get the results if you participate. Member forging producers that are not sure who in their company receives the questionnaire, or, did not receive one at all, please e-mail pat@forging.org, and she will be able to assist you. Don't put it off... forms are due back to FIA on March 30.



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Finkl Scholarship Applications Deadline is April 15th


Know a university engineering student entering their junior year in the fall - an intern, or a child, or a grandchild of a company employee? Charles W. Finkl Scholarships can provide $2000 in support in the student's junior and senior years.




See the website for more information on eligibility and application.








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RelatedArticleThe Forging Career Center is Up and Running!

The New Forging Career Center is now on-line on the FIA Website.


We're now part of an engineering network that brings engineering societies like ASM International, ASME and the American Society for Quality into your posting and resume search. 


Click "Post a Job" and then you'll need to register by using the "First time users, Click here".  

Theory & Applications of Forging & Die Design School - June 11-14, 2012, Cleveland

The "Theory and Applications of Forging & Die Design" school continues to evolve, reflecting new insights into forging technology and the wide availability of metal flow simulation software.  This four-day school is taught by a team of industry experts and engineering professors who work together to carefully explain principles and practice.  We urge you to join the 1000+ forging employees who have already attended this course.


(Click here) to view/print brochure.


This will be the only offering of this program in 2012. Class size is limited, (last year's class filled up early, leaving many closed out), please don't wait to register.


For additional information, contact George Layne at: glayne@forging.org.



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Forging Design Seminar - May, 23rd, Cleveland

A one-day seminar on:

         Why use a forging?

         How to design a forging

         How to buy a forging


The Forging Design Seminar is a one-day Seminar, created to assist component designers in understanding the nuances of forged part design, to improve part design, to reduce cost, improve quality and reduce administrative and production lead times.

This course will familiarize attendees with the forging process, forging design topics, and the optimum utilization of forgings in critical service applications. Engineers at OEM's will learn about topics that influence the component design. Buyers will gain a better understanding of the process and commercial issues that may be unique to forging. Attendees will be in a better position to select a supplier and collaborate with them to develop an optimum and cost effective forging. While attendees won't become forging experts, they will be provided with information that will accelerate their learning curve by years.

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Cleveland Airport

For additional information contact George Layne at: glayne@forging.org, or call: 216-781-6260



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Mark your calendars! Tech Conference September 10-12, 2012 

Mark your calendars! Tech Conference September 10-12, 2012 at the Marriott Hotel Downtown Cleveland. Call for papers Click here.



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Forging Foundation Raising Funds for Student Outreach

The Foundation is currently conducting a fundraising campaign focused specifically on student outreach.  The Board of Trustees plan to fund the education initiatives outlined below with a price tag of $150,000 in the coming year:


         Work with 20 universities across the US and Canada to encourage forging course and lab work and to introduce students to the industry ($15,000);


         Award Finkl Scholarships ( 30 students = $65,000);


         Undergraduate grants and fellowships ($40,000);


         Reach out to 900 high school science teachers (through ASM Teacher Camps) with information on the forging process ($20,000);  and reach out to students at the Material Science & Technology Expo ($5,000);


         Provide resource "Tool Kits" to all FIA Members to work directly with their local secondary, technical and universities ($5000).


Contact Karen (216.781.6260 or Karen@forging.org) to be a part of securing the future workforce for the forging industry.   The Foundation's most recent Annual Reportcontains more information and a pledge form.


FIA to Exhibit at AeroMat 2012; Power Gen 2012


FIA is pleased to announce we will be exhibiting at  AeroMat 2012, June 18-20, 2012 in Charlotte, NC. The show's theme: Aerospace Materials and Processes: Making Next Generation Designs Possible. FIA will also be exhibiting at Power Gen 2012, December 11-13, 2012 in Orlando, Florida.

AeroMat 2012 will bring together the World's leading aerospace materials developers, components producers and OEM engineers. Sessions on materials topics that range from light alloys to advanced high temperature materials will be held to allow interaction of raw material producers, aerospace components suppliers and aerospace systems organizations, including launch vehicle, airframe and propulsion systems companies.

To expand the interaction between materials and processing technology, the Forging Industry Association (FIA), and the American Foundry Society (AFS) are joining the AeroMat planning efforts with support of sessions dedicated to aerospace forging and casting technologies to compliment sessions on welding, joining, and machining technologies. Companies interested in exhibiting or attending AeroMat 2012, should Click here.

Power Gen 2012 will be held at the Orange County Convention Center attracting 20,000 power generation professionals from 92 countries. It is considered the largest and most trusted power event in the industry. In 2011, 1200 companies exhibited their products and services. For more information on exhibiting or attending please Click here.




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Planning Ahead for a Metallurgist?

One of our Charles W. Finkl Scholarships students who will be graduating in December 2012, is already thinking about his future in the forging industry!  If you are interested to receive his resume, please contact Karen at 216.781.6260 or karen@forging.org 



And don't forget the new Forging Career Center when searching for new employees - see related article.



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