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September 2012





September Marketing Workshop to Focus Opportunities/Fundamentals

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

Bill Bennett to be Featured Speaker at FIA Fall Meeting; Register by September 27


Hammer Maintenance Workshop

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

Forging Design Seminar for Buyers and Designers of Forgings - November 15, Houston, TX 

OneFIA Welcomes Cardinal Fastener Inc.


Cardinal Fastener Inc.




Welcome to FIA's newest forger member: Cardinal Fastener, impression & open die forging, 90% catalogue/10% custom; serving the Industrial Equip., Power Gen, Oil Field, Railroad and Steel Production markets.


Cardinal Fastener Inc.

5185 Richmond Road

Bedford Hts, OH 44146


Phone: (216)831-3800

Fax: (216) 292-1465

Web Site: www.cardinalfastener.com 



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ATwo New Leadership Orientation

A long standing tradition at FIA is to bring all of the new FIA Board members, FIERF Trustees, and Committee Chairs to Cleveland for an overview of the organizations and an orientation of the roles they have volunteered to perform within them.  This year in addition to the day of meetings spent with each other and FIA staff, we included an "Evening with the Cleveland Indians" at Progressive Field as our icebreaker.  Special kudos to Mark Gratkowski of Ellwood Group, incoming Plant Engineering Chair, who threw out the first pitch at the old ball game.  A great time was had by all!  The list of incoming leaders:


Incoming FIA Board

Doug Brown of Inductoheat

Chuck Hopper Jr. of Composite Forgings

Steve Schriner of Commercial Forged Products

Mike Ulven of Ulven Forging


Incoming FIERF Board

Brad Ahbe of Canton Drop Forge

Rob Mayer of Queen City Forge

John Paules of Ellwood Group

Chris Scheiblhofer of Scot Forge

John Walters of Scientific Forming Technologies


Incoming Committee Chairs

Safety, Health and Environmental - Ben Conaway of Ellwood Group

Marketing - Sean Connolly of Composite Forgings

Plant Engineering - Mark Gratkowski of Ellwood Group

Public Policy - Hudson Smith of SIFCO

Technical - Suzanne Tkach of Tkach Consultants 


Mark Gratkowski throws the 1st pitch

Mark G on the big screen
Mark G. on the "Big Screen"
New Leadership Group on the field at batting practice
"Team Photo" outside the ballpark





A3Top 5 benefits of participating in FIA's Compensation Surveys:
  1. 2012 Hourly and Management Compensation Reports are FREE to companies completing survey questionnaires! Survey questionnaires are due October 10, 2012.
  2. Information contained in the reports is valuable for salary reviews, contract negotiations and setting pay for new hires.
  3. Benchmark your benefit packages and pay scales against companies like your own.
  4. All information is held in the strictest of confidence; rates are reported in the aggregate only - no individual company information or participating company name is ever reported.
  5. Reports will be published electronically in December. To report results back quickly, completed survey questionnaires are due October 10, 2012.

Forms are being sent to member forging companies in early September.  To make sure your company was sent the surveys contact Mary Ann ([email protected]) at FIA 216.781.6260.  Interactive PDF surveys are also available upon request. 

To provide the best information, we need the participation of as many FIA members as possible, so we hope you will look for and encourage your company to complete the survey questionnaires.

Questions?  Would you like to see a sample report to judge for yourself how valuable this information can be?  Please contact Mary Ann Foote ([email protected]) at the FIA Office - 216.781.6260 for additional information.


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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: [email protected]


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bILLBill Bennett to be Featured Speaker at FIA Fall Meeting; Register by September 27

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.


Other items on the agenda include a forging market outlook, becoming an employer of choice, protecting assets from lawsuits, handling a crisis at your workplace and the likely impact of the 2012 elections on our industry. Both general and focused roundtables will be available for your selection.


Technical, environmental and safety professionals attending with at least one other senior manager from your company will be given a 50% reduction in the meeting registration fee!


Hotel rooms are selling fast and must be reserved by September 27 to guarantee rate and availability. Click here for more information and registration, or contact FIA for a printed brochure.


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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: [email protected]

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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: [email protected].

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LastForging Design Seminar for Buyers and Designers of Forgings - November 15, Houston, TX


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.

(Click here) for additional information or contact George Layne at: [email protected], 216-781-6260

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