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                      August 2013




FIA Events




Theory and Applications of Press Forging and Die Design


FIA to Exhibit at Gear Expo; Complimentary Passes Available to Members


ATTN: Sales and Marketing Execs: October Marketing Workshop 2013 in Nashville


FIA Fall Meeting to Focus On Future


Forge Fair 2015 Exhibitor Prospectus Posted -Register Your Booth Early

WelcomeChanges in FIA Board

Arnold Visser, COO of IMT, has accepted the appointment to the position of Vice President of FIA's Board of Directors.


Bruce Liimatainen, Chairman & CEO of A. Finkl & Sons, has accepted the appointment as Director to the Board, term expiring 2016.


Thanks to both for volunteering to these positions.

TwoFIA's Connie Long is Retiring!

It is with much regret but warm wishes that FIA announces the retirement of Connie Long, effective August 31st. Connie has been an essential part of FIA for over 13 years and has been a tremendous asset to the Association and all of our members. Many of you know Connie as the friendly voice on the phone that has helped you navigate the FIA Website, register for workshops, make hotel arrangements, set up committee meetings, etc.

Connie is looking forward to moving back home to West Virginia, where she can be close to her brother, daughters and grandchildren. While we are excited for her to start this next chapter in her life, we hope she misses us as much as we know we will miss her.

On behalf of the Association and all of our members, Connie, GOOD LUCK & BEST WISHES!

ThreeUpdate on the NLRB - Full Board and New Actions Expected

On July 30, 2013, the Senate confirmed five members to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).  The new Board includes:


  • Democrat Mark Pearce (the chair of the NLRB since 2011 and former lawyer representing unions in private practice); 
  • Democrat Kent Hirozawa (Pearce's chief counsel);
  • Democrat Nancy Schiffer  (a long time union attorney, who has worked for the AFL-CIO and UAW);
  • Republican Phil Miscimarra (labor attorney representing management and partner with Morgan Lewis); and 
  • Republican Harry Johnson (labor attorney representing management and partner with Arent Fox).


Sharon Block and Richard Griffin, the unlawful recess appointments, will step down.  The Supreme Court has agreed to review that unlawful recess case, Noel Canning v. NLRB, and is expected to issue a decision sometime in the first half of 2014.  In the meantime, it remains uncertain as to whether any of the NLRB's decisions or rules in which Block, Griffin or Becker participated are valid.   


Pearce will continue as chair and the new Board will likely begin issuing cases in the next few months and rules within the year.   Because of the NLRB's Democratic majority, we can expect a new Ambush Election rule, and other case decisions making "micro unions" within facilities easier.


FIA is an active member in the Coalition for a Democratic Workplace (CDW) which has successfully kept "card check" and other anti-management rules suchas the Poster rule from being enacted to date.  We will continue to participate in the CDW and will keep you posted on any new NLRB actions.


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FourForging Part of ASM Materials Camp Curriculum

Because of the support of individuals and companies that believe the future of our industry lies in students that will soon be sitting in classrooms across the country,  teachers are hearing and learning firsthand about the forging process and careers.


Teachers are provided "Forge Your Future" tool kits for use in their classrooms and come away with an appreciation for the employers in their region.


Thank you to these folks that have given of their time and expertise to tell the forging story!


Chuck Fryman, Ellwood Quality Steels - Youngstown, OH

Duane Bailey, Inductoheat - Columbus, OH

Wayne Turner, Eaton Steel Bar - Troy, NY

Kyle Rackers, Scot Forge Co. - Chicago, IL

Rob Mayer, Queen City Forging - Cincinnati, OH

Brad Ahbe, Canton Drop Forge - Akron, OH


Contact Karen at the Forging Foundation (216.781.6260 or Karen@forging.org) to make a financial contribution to continue student outreach.


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Five1First Line Supervisory Seminar - Offered In Your Plan

Do you want to further develop the leadership skills of your First Line Supervisors, but find it hard to send them all out for training at the same time? If you have eight or more workers that you want trained, FIA can bring this 3-day Seminar to you.


FIA's First Line Supervisory Seminar focuses on the continued development of your organization's first line supervisors by enhancing their skills in the following areas:


  • Leadership and Relationship-building;
  • Effective Communication (verbal and non-verbal);
  • Use of Interpersonal Problem-solving Tools;
  • Coaching for Performance Improvement;
  • Personal Development and Self-actualization;
  • and much more.


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

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SixFIERF Sponsored Research 

Paper on "Prediction and Elimination of Fracture in Hot Forging - Part 1" is now available. Click here to view the full report.

The research was performed by Siddharth Kishore, Graduate Research Associate - Xi Yang, Graduate Research Associate and Taylan Altan, Professor and Director at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio



Seven7100 Year Celebration Continues On Line

Many requests have been received for the 100 Year Anniversary videos that were premiered at Forge Fair and the FIA Annual Meeting.  They are now available on the website in a new FIA 100th Anniversary section. 


Also available are 100 Years of Forging History, 100 Year Timeline and photos from the Annual Meeting of Member




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Eight8IFM 2014 Call for Papers Issued

The International Forgemasters Steering Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 19th International Forgemasters Meeting (IFM2014) has been issued, with information now available online.


Forging industry producers and suppliers are welcome to take this opportunity to share your technical knowledge and achievements at the world's premier event on open die forging to be held Sept 29 - October 3, 2014 in Tokyo, Japan.  If you wish to submit a paper, please visit http://www.ifm2014.com/ and click on "Call for Papers". The submission deadline is October 31, 2013.


NineU.S. Wind Energy Manufacturing and Supply Chain: A Competitiveness Analysis

The U.S. Department of Energy, in collaboration with GLWN, Global Wind Network, is conducting a research project titled U.S. Wind Energy Manufacturing and Supply Chain: A Competitiveness Analysis.  


As part of this DOE project, GLWN is surveying U.S. manufacturers to gather information on supplier capabilities for the next generation of large (3MW and larger) utility-scale turbines, for both land based and offshore installations.  GLWN will identify manufacturers qualified, and positioned logistically, to supply the Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf, and Great Lakes region.  


As manufacturers with relevance to the wind industry, FIA Members have been invited to participate in this project. DOE is asking those interested to complete a short survey.  The survey data will be used to produce a wind industry Supply Chain Scorecard indicating U.S. manufacturers' readiness to supply components for turbines 3MW and larger. To view the survey, click the following link:

Please click here to access the U.S. Wind Supply Chain survey.


If you have any questions regarding this survey, or the Supply Chain project, please do not hesitate to contact GLWN.


Patrick Fullenkamp                                                        Dee Holody

Principle Investigator, DOE Supply Chain Project             Director, Operations

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E1Theory and Applications of Press Forging and Die Design
The fifteenth presentation of a 4-day FIA education program providing forging-specific information regarding the application of various types of presses as well as guidelines for designing tooling for forging and trimming will be held September 16-19, 2013. Taught by experienced academic and industry experts, the specific goals of the course are:

  • Broaden knowledge about press forging
  • Provide a basis for objective press selection
  • Furnish useful tool design guidelines
  • Compare approaches to press automation
  • Review guidelines for matching the press to the part in terms of size and operational features

Click here to view/print Program brochure

E2FIA to Exhibit at Gear Expo; Complimentary Passes Available to Members

FIA will be exhibiting at Gear Expo, September 17-19, 2013 at the Indianapolis Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis. Owned by the American Gear Manufacturers Association (AGMA), Gear Expo is a biennial event and the world's only conference and expo designed exclusively for the gear industry. The ASM Heat Treating Society Conference & Exposition is co-locating with Gear Expo 2013, and will run concurrently September 17 and 18. Complimentary passes good for both exhibits are available to FIA members through FIA. E-mail pat@forging.orgto request your free pass.  

Again, Members Only please. For more information on Gear Expo, see www.gearexpo.com. For more information on the Heat Treat Expo, see www.asminternational.org/content/Events/heattreat/. 

E3ATTN: Sales and Marketing Execs: October Marketing Workshop 2013 in Nashville.

Forging and supplier sales and marketing executives are encouraged to mark October 1-2, 2013 on their calendars for the 2013 FIA Marketing Workshop... this year to be held in Nashville, TN at the Hilton Doubletree Downtown. Highly rated speaker Joe Calloway will open the Workshop with a fresh look at Sales Strategy. A special look at future energy markets --- what's hot and what's not - will follow.

Day two will open with noted speaker and trainer Scott Deming focusing on Branding & Marketing. A Material Supplier Panel discussing elements that influence pricing and lead times, and immediate and long term opportunities / threats from offshore material suppliers will follow. 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.

This Workshop is open to members and non-members, and is an opportunity not to be overlooked. Complete information and registration materials can be found by Clicking Here, or visiting the FIA website at www.forging.org. 


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E4FIA Fall Meeting to Focus On Future

Both internal and external influences on the forging industry will be discussed and dissected at the 2013 Fall Meeting of Members to be held October 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio, right on the town's famous Riverwalk and adjacent to the Alamo.


We'll open with an overall look at the future of North America - Will the U.S., Canada and Mexico become the most powerful Economic Union in the world over the next ten years? A look at international forging research, future international forging meetings and the global economic status in general will also be on the agenda. New on-line methods of maintenance training will be discussed, including a review by those that have used these resources. FIA Committees will quickly keynote future projects and recent accomplishments that may impact your business. Roundtables will look at forging technology's future, the Global Insight forging market forecast, as well as a special session on strategic planning for FIA.


The second day will feature presentations from two speakers noted for the trend research and forecast work. Robert Tucker, from Innovation Resource, returns to FIA with Managing the Future. And Alan Beaulieu, from the Institute for Trend Research, and noted economist for many metalworking trade associations, will present Where Do We Go From Here?


Please note that this year's Fall Meeting schedule has changed from past meetings, with sessions now beginning first thing in the morning on October 22. An optional reception will be held the evening prior for those that have arrived early. FIA Members are asked to please mark your calendars now for this meeting. Complete information and registration details will be forthcoming via web posting, e-mail and mail.   

E5Forge Fair 2015 Exhibitor Prospectus Posted - Register Your Booth Early

Forge Fair 2015 will be held at the new Cleveland Convention Center, April 14-16, 2015. FIA is now accepting early exhibitor registrations, don't wait, don't be left behind.


Why Register Early?

  • Receive the special discount rate
  • Receive preferential booth assignment
  • Reserve an Exhibitor Presentation slot
  • Be included in early Forge Fair mailings and promotions

Click here to view/print Prospectus


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