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August 2012






Tech Conference 2012 

September Marketing Workshop to Focus Opportunities/Fundamentals

First Line Supervisory Development Seminar September 24 - 27, 2012 Cleveland

Hammer Maintenance Workshop

Bill Bennett to be Featured Speaker at FIA Fall Meeting


Theory & Applications of Forging & Die Design School Offered Again - October 2012






OneFIA Welcomes Metalist International

Metalist I'ntlMetalist International Inc. is FIA newest supplier member.  (www.metalist.com ) Located in Lansing, Michigan, Metalist provides forging press repair, rebuild and remanufacture of parts and presses for the forging industry.   

Ed Reeser, President, will serve as FIA Official Representative. (517-371-2940)


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ATwoCongressman Visits Scot Forge

Scot Forge recently hosted a visit from Congressman Randy Hultgren (Illinois - 14th District) at their Spring Grove Division and was provided a plant tour by Scot's President John Cain.  If the old saying "a picture is worth a thousand words" is true, then a tour of a forging shop is worth more than ten thousand.  But don't take our word for it; see Congressman Hultgren's comments in the "One congressman at a time" article elsewhere in this Quick Read.


Congressman Hultgren & Spring Grove Plant Manager, Craig Weidner
Spring Grove Plant Manager, Graig Weidner & Congress Hultgren
Congressman Hultgren and President/CEO John Cain, and Senior Account Manager for Specialty Alloy Services Jason Artner
Senior Account Manager for Specialty Alloy Services, Jason Artner, Congressman Hultgren & President/CEO John Cain.
Congressman Hultgren and Spring Grove Plant Manager, Craig Weidner, Senior Account Manager for Specialty Alloy Services Jason Artner and the man working the machine is Janusz Maciocha
Senior Account Manager for Specialty Alloy Services Jason Artner, COngressman Hultgren, Spring Grove Plant Manager, Graig Weidner, & the man working the machine is Janusz Maciocha
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A3FIA Member Trinity Forge is Featured in Manufacturing Digital
Dick Johnston, President of Trinity Forge, explains how the company's extensive forging capabilities, customer service & reliability has enabled it to thrive in a tough manufacturing market. (Page#348)




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A4Here's a Congressman That ForgingPAC Supports!

In case you missed this last week, here is one of the forging industry's best supporters from Western PA, and a two time recipient of support from ForgingPAC, "telling it like it is" on the floor of the House of Representatives!




A5Forge Fair Newsletter July / August Issue

In this issue:

        Forge Fair Exhibit Booth Reservations Up 42%

        Why Reserve Your Booth Early?

        35% More Exhibit Hall Time

        Sponsorship Opportunities

        What's Included in Your Booth Fees?


Click to view/print Newsletter


For additional information on Forge Fair 2013, e-mail forgefair@forging.org


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A6Safety, Health & Environmetal Newsletter July / August Issue

In this Issue:


        Spring Committee Meeting Highlights

        Making the Business Case for Safety & Health

        Cintas Offers Tips on GHS Compliance

        Safety Star Award Winners




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A7One Congressman At a Time

FIA's Public Policy initiative has been building momentum for some time, with our annual Lobby Day in Washington becoming more popular and successful each year.  And beginning in 2010 the industry added another tool to its box with the creation of ForgingPAC, a political action committee organized under Federal Election laws to solicit contributions from eligible FIA members and to make contributions to candidates for Federal office.


As part of our ongoing efforts, we encourage FIA members to invite Members of Congress to tour their plants in order to give them a better understanding of forging and the issues of concern to forgers.  Does that really work?  You be the judge:


At the 2012 Lobby Day, held April 16th and 17th, John Cain of Scot Forge met for the first time with Rep. Randy Hultgren (R-IL 14), whose new district will include Scot Forge's Spring Grove, IL operations following the 2010 redistricting process.  John extended the invitation to tour the facility, and Rep. Hultgren did so later in the Spring.


Last week we learned how successful that effort was.  On behalf of ForgingPAC, our Washington Representative, Laurin Baker, attended a fundraising event for Rep. Hultgren, which was also attended by Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA 7), the House Majority Leader.  Following the introductions, Rep. Cantor asked Laurin to describe the forging industry in more detail, which he did.


But then Rep. Hultgren took over, enthusiastically describing his visit to Scot Forge and his amazement at the process, the facility, the employees, and the parts being made.  He ended by saying to Majority Leader Cantor: "these are the kinds of companies we want to make sure we're helping be globally competitive."


One Member of Congress at a time----will your Member be next?  Contact Roy Hardy for information on how you can become involved in FIA's Public Policy efforts, including ForgingPAC.



A8The Ohio State University Unleashes Job Shop Lean Concepts for Manufacturers.  Invoking These Proven Techniques, Forges Can Reduce Leadtime, Reduce Work in Process and Reduce Costs, All of Which Contribute to Improve Competitiveness and Profitability.

The Ohio State University has authorized a website that is devoted exclusively to JobshopLean:




This website is a "one-stop shop" for JobshopLean and contains the following pages:

         Introduction to JobshopLean

         Why JobshopLean is Important

         Production Flow Analysis: The Core Methodology for Implementing JobshopLean

         Production Flow Analysis and Simplification Toolkit (PFAST): One of the Key Software Packages  

            that Helps to Implement JobshopLean

         Lean Advisory Tools (LAT) to Implement JobshopLean

         Success Stories on JobshopLean

         Media Coverage on JobshopLean: Articles, Case Studies, Presentations, etc.

         Example of an Actual JobshopLean Project

         JSLEAN: An Online Discussion Group

         A Teaching Package for In-Company Training and Education on JobshopLean

         Annual JobshopLean Conference

         Hire an Intern to Implement JobshopLean in your Company

         Obtaining the PFAST Software: You can download the demo version of PFAST for free directly from the website; whereas, to obtain the professional version of PFAST, you will need to contact their Office of Technology Commercialization and Licensing.  A renewable 6-month unlimited-use license can be purchased from OSU for $500.  All of this information is available by simply clicking on the appropriate button on the page  "OBTAIN PFAST SOFTWARE" on our website.

         Access the PFAST Help Manual Online

         Experts who could help you with PFAST

         Acknowledgement of Support from our Sponsors


A9No Defense Layoff Notices Required

Government contractors, including defense companies, do not have to give 60 days' notice to employees that they will be laid off in advance of those automatic spending cuts in January, the Labor Department ruled Monday. The guidance excuses firms from sending out layoff notices that are required by the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act (WARN) but does nothing to provide contractors with any assurance that the sequester will not take place. In the letter that went out to state job training agencies, Assistant Labor Secretary Jane Oates said "to provide such notice would be inconsistent with the purpose" of the 1988 act, given the uncertainty about whether the sequester will go forward as scheduled or be stopped by Congress. The guidance is likely to frustrate members of Congress who have called for warnings as early as possible and had hoped to use the threat of layoffs to force an agreement on averting the sequester.


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A10Labor Update:Specialty Healthcare Decision



E1Tech Conference 2012 - Technical Program Available NOW!

Monday, September 10, 2012 to Wednesday, September 12, 2012

The Industry Technical Conference is designed to showcase the best in forging technology. This year's conference will be offering 34 papers presented by forging industry experts, international researchers, and individuals from academia. To provide a platform of discussion for both, Newly Applied Technology and Research, and to accommodate the different levels of experience, dual tracks on day 2 will be offered for the first time.

Also offered will be Roundtables for focused discussion on topics of interest. Objective of the conference is to report out FIERF funded research projects and industry collaborative group results; discussion of case studies; provide a forum for students and professors to present their forging research; and provide a networking opportunity between industry, academia and research partners.

Click here to view the brochure.                             

Click here  to print registration form; for mailing or faxing.

Click here to register online.

Click here to see who registered so far!

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E2September Marketing Workshop to Focus on Opportunities/Fundamentals

Forging and supplier sales and marketing executives are encouraged to mark September 18-19, 2012 on their calendars for the 2012 FIA Marketing Workshop... this year to be held in Pittsburgh, PA at the Sheraton Station Square Hotel. Highly rated speaker at a past Workshop, Sean Coyle of Peak Performance Management, returns to discuss Maintaining Efficient Customer Service in the Modern Age. This will be followed by a hot topic for all...Opportunities and Threats for Suppliers to the Shale Gas Industry. The first day will wrap up with a Material Supplier Panel discussing elements that influence pricing and delivery lead times, and immediate and long-term opportunities / threats from offshore material suppliers.

The following day will open with a 'how to' on Using Social Media and New Marketing Tools in a B2B Environment. A one-on-one consultation to review interested attendees' electronic marketing programs will be available that day at no additional charge. (Advance registration for said service will be required - details to come.) The day and the Workshop will conclude with IHS Global Insight taking an in-depth look at our customer markets, where they are heading and the impact on open, impression and rolled rings sales for the coming 5 years.

(Click here) to view the brochure.

(Click here) to register online. 


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E3First Line Supervisory Development Seminar September 24 - 27, 2012 Cleveland

A three-day Seminar focusing on the continued development of your organization's first line supervisors by enhancing their skills in the following areas:


o   Leadership and Relationship-building;

o   Effective Communication (verbal and non-verbal);

o   Use of Interpersonal Problem-solving Tools;

o   Coaching for Performance Improvement;

o   Personal Development and Self-actualization;

o   and much more.


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


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E4Hammer Maintenance Workshop - October 16 - 17, 2012 - Cleveland

This 1 day workshop will act to introduce participants to the different types of hammers. It will provide an explanation of the various elements of the hammer to provide an understanding of how they work and their influence on other parts of the hammer and the forging process.

The emphasis of the Workshop is predictive and preventative maintenance of the elements of the hammer, and things to be taken into account when planning a repair.

This Workshop will not be delivered again this year, so don't miss it! Class size is limited, so don't wait to register.

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

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 E5Bill Bennett to be Featured Speaker at FIA Fall Meeting

BennetWilliam Bennett, one of America's most important, influential and respected voices on cultural, political and education issues, will address members at the FIA Fall Meeting, October 22-23, 2012 at the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas. Now known for his roles as host of the highly ranked nationally syndicated radio show, Morning in America and his commentary on CNN, he formerly served cabinet positions under Ronald Reagan and George H.W.Bush. Bennett is perceived-even by his adversaries-as a man of strong, reasoned convictions who speaks candidly, eloquently and honestly about some of the most important issues of our time.


Please mark your calendars now for this meeting. Complete information and registration details will be forthcoming via web posting, e-mail and mail.


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E6Theory & Applications of Forging & Die Design School Offered Again - October 2012

Due to a sellout June class, FIA is offering the Die Design School again this year, October 29 - November 1, 2012, in 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 1500+ forging employees who have already attended this course.


(Click here) to view/print full Program.


Class size is limited, the June 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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