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                      September 2013




FIA News

FIA Fall Meeting to Focus on Future


James Lomax and Ralph Carbone Remembered in Gift to FIERF


 OSHA Withdraws Proposed Rule to Amend On-site Consultation Program 



Congressman Visits LASCO Engineering Services L.L.C. 

Be a Part of the FIA Delegation to the International Forging Congress in 2014

FIA Events




Theory and Applications of Press Forging and Die Design


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


First Line Supervisory 

Hirschvogel Inc., (www.hirschvogel.com) located in Columbus, Ohio.   Hirschvogel Inc. is an impression & cold die producer of custom forgings for the automotive and truck field markets. Eric Dusenberry, Sales Manager, will serve as the company's Official Representative to FIA.

GKN Aerospace - Engine Products East (http://www.gkn.com/aerospace) located in Muncie, IN.  GKN Aerospace produces impression die forgings for the aerospace, defense, power generation and medical markets.  Tom Smith, General Managerwill serve as Official Representative.


TwoFIA 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 materials can be found by Clicking Here, or visiting the FIA website.



ThreeJames Lomax And Ralph Carbone Remembered In Gift To Fierf 

Ralph Carbone, a former leader of both FIA and FIERF, has made a significant gift in honor of, "two former members that not only loved the entire team of people that have kept FIA and FIERF alive all these years, but for the love of an industry that has kept our Country in the forefront of other nations. Please use this to keep our memories alive to future members that share our gratitude". And he challenges you to do the same!

Ralph, formerly with Rex Forge continues, "When I first became a member of FIA, in fact attending my first of many meetings to come as a dedicated member, I met the then current President of FIA (James Lomax) in Texas, and we struck such an immediate relationship he invited me and my wife, Leonora, to reside in his suite for the entire conference. He and I became very close friends despite in some areas we were competing for the same work on occasions. I attended so many functions of our Industry Meetings that I truly became a victim of the Association. Not for the social aspect of meeting your counterparts from across the nation and the world, but for the information one could absorb from just listening and observing the programs that were presented. James Lomax was an exact image of me, and we shared so much in life and became very close friends long after us both leaving the industry."

James Douglas Lomax passed away February 12, 2012. Jim sat on the FIA Board of Directors from 1973 to 1976, serving as Vice President 1974-75 and as President 1975-76. He retired from Anvil Products in 1992.

What an example of two giants who have lifted the industry through their actions! The Foundation thanks Ralph for his passion, and his gift to FIERF that will be used for scholarships.

Ralph asks that you too consider a gift to FIERF in memory, or honor of, other industry giants - those that have served as mentors and leaders, or who have given of themselves.

Contact Karen ([email protected]/216.781.6260) for more information.

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FourOSHA Withdraws Proposed Rule To Amend On-Site Consultation Program

As a follow-up to Doug Kalinowski's (OSHA's Director of Cooperative and State Programs), presentation at our last (July 26, 2013) small business labor safety roundtable, I wanted to share the following press release from OSHA announcing that the agency has formally withdrawn its proposed changes to its On-Site Consultation program.  This issue was discussed at several of our roundtable meetings and we (the SBA Office of Advocacy) filed a public comment letter on the proposed rule (see, http://www.sba.gov/content/letter-dated-110210-department-labor-occupational-safety-and-health-administration).  This is the formal public notice about the proposed rule that Doug Kalinowski indicated would be forthcoming from OSHA.  Please let me know if you have any questions or require additional information.

WASHINGTON - The Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced its decision to withdraw a proposed rule to amend its regulations for the federally-funded On-site Consultation Program. OSHA is withdrawing this rule based on stakeholder concerns that proposed changes, though relatively minor, would discourage employers from participating in the program.

Here is a link to OSHA full press release:



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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 [email protected] to 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/. 

SixLeadership Orientation Meeting (August 6-7)
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.   A great time was had by all! 
Leadership  Roy+2  Carola/Karen+1   
SevenCongressman Visits LASCO Engineering Services L.L.C.

In a letter from Mike Gill, President of LASCO Engineering Services L.L.C., he stated that on "August 05, 2013 Congressman Walberg and his aide came to LASCO Engineering Services L.L.C. facility in Monroe.   He spent about an hour 15 minutes getting to know more about LASCO Engineering Services L.L.C, the forging industry, and issues that matter most to us.  LASCO Engineering Services L.L.C is a small company in the US with ownership that spans 2 continents, so it was especially nice to be able to talk about items that matter to us and will help us to build our business. We spoke mainly about workforce development issues (Mr. Walberg is on the Workforce and Education committee), NLRB appointments, Energy policy and fracking, and tax policy as it affects FIA members and our business specifically.  The activities of the FIA Policy Committee are very important.  Lobby Day and other activities help to connect lawmakers with constituents so our voices are heard and our industry is recognized for the vital role it plays in the economy and defense of the nation."


 Rep Walberg   LascoGroup  

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Eight8Be a Part of the FIA Delegation to the International Forging Congress in 2014

IFC2014Mark the dates of June 29-July 4, 2014 on your calendars for the Impression Die Forging's Triennial International Congress. FIA will lead a delegation to the event to be held in Berlin, Germany where 500 forgers are expected to participate.

In addition to the always informative business and economic reports by geographic regions, Congress topics will include: Globalization; New materials for forging; Toolshop; Engineering; Equipment; Demographic change; Recruitment for forging companies; Resource management; Quality; and Business ethics. Value added plant tour opportunities will also be available in several countries to make this a not to be missed event.

Many FIA Members will remember what a great experience the meeting was in 2008 in Chicago, and 2011 in India, so plan now to be a part of the 2014 event. For further information or to reserve a space on the delegation list, please contact Karen Lewis ([email protected]) or by phone at 216-781-6260. Registration will begin the end of September. Visit the Congress' website at www.ifc2014.org.

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Nine9IFM 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.



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TenMaking Stuff Stronger

If you were watching PBS's NOVA series on, "Making Stuff Stronger" recently, you probably saw a familiar face. John Paules of Ellwood Technologies explained the process of steel production.

The segment does a great job of explaining tensile strength, toughness and compression properties. Go to http://video.pbs.org/video/1701025927 to see the entire show. (John comes in at time code 7:27).


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ElevenDo You Have a Safety or Environmental Question?

If you have a safety or environmental question, e-mail it to me, George, at: [email protected], with "Safety/Environmental Question" in the subject line. I will then cut/paste your question, keeping you and your company anonymous, and forward your question to the Safety, Health and Environmental Committee, for their suggestions.

I will again cut/paste their responses, and send them to you as they come in. You may find that almost any situation you are facing, at least one of our Committee members has already worked their way through a similar one. In many cases, you will also receive several options on how to address your issue.


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TwelveFIA Members Only Discount Programs

FIA Members are eligible to receive special negotiated rates with YRC Freight on shipping services. YRC Freight is committed to providing members with a competitive shipping option for inbound and outbound shipments ranging from 150-7500 lbs. Members typically save between 5-15% over what they currently pay with their incumbent carrier or logistics provider. YRC Freight invented LTL (less-than-truckload). Their broad portfolio of North American LTL services helps you increase the flexibility and reliability of your supply chains by offering direct service to almost every point in the United States and nearly all of the Canadian population.

YRC Freight is a leader in 2-5 day LTL (less-than-truckload) shipping with comprehensive service throughout North America. Solutions include a full suite of standard, guaranteed, expedited, cross-border, exhibit, truckload, and custom services.


Key benefits:

  • Ground and air expedited and guaranteed solutions
  • Time-Critical Service counts Saturday and Sunday as service days, unlike most carriers
  • Book, track, and manage your shipments anytime and anywhere at my.yrcfreight.com or contact YRC Freight Customer Service 24/7 at 800.610.6500
  • Cross-border services throughout North America
  • Get the highest Canada cross-border clearance rate among LTL carriers for your shipments
  • YRC Freight Exhibit Services has been Best-in-Show for trade show shipping for over 25 years
  • No-cost inbound guarantee on trade show shipments


YRCsmall Call 800.647.3061 or email [email protected] before your next shipment to compare your current provider's rates to the rates under your association discount program. 



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ThirteenSafety Star Awards Program

Don't forget the FIA "Safety Star Awards Program". When a company reports that they have gone 100, 200, or 300 days without a recordable incident, they will be recognized in the Safety Committee's Safety Newsletter, and receive a Safety Star Certificate of recognition for their accomplishment.

  • 300 Days without a recordable = Gold Star
  • 200 Days without a recordable = Silver Star
  • 100 Days without a recordable = Bronze Star

For additional information, or to report your company's accomplishment, please contact George at [email protected]


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FourteenLobby Day 2014 - Mark your calendars - April 1-2, 2014

Capital Building FIA members are invited to join with FIA's Board of Directors and the Public Policy Committee members who form the core group of FIA's "Fly In" Lobbying efforts. This event consists of face-to-face visits with our elected officials and their key staffers in their Washington offices.

Talking points are developed by FIA's Public Policy Committee and all meetings are arranged by The Laurin Baker Group, FIA's Lobbying Group.

For additional information contact Roy Hardy ([email protected]).



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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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E1Limited Seats Left - Theory and Applications of Press Forging and Die Design

Register Now, The September 16-19, 2013 class will be the only offering of this program for two years. This 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. 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


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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Five1First Line Supervisory Development Seminar November 12-14, 2013 - Cleveland

This three-day 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.


This class is limited to 30 students, the last Seminar filled up quickly, so please register early.

Click for more information.

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