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                                                    January 2014


FIA News

On-Line Maintenance Training Available to FIA Members


Conflict Minerals

IHS and SCRA Applied R&D


Technology Assessment Opportunity



FIA Events




Lobby Day 2014 - Mark Your Calendars - April 2-3, 2014



FIA to Exhibit at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & Global Petro Show in 2014


IFC 2014 Registration Open and Plant Tours Announced- Register Early for Best Selection








Five1 Welcome Niagara Forged Products Inc. 

FIA is pleased to welcome Niagara Forged Products Inc. as the association's newest producer member.  Located in Port Robinson, Ontario, Canada, Niagara Forged Products Inc. produces custom impression die forgings for the aerospace, defense, off-highway, oil field & railroad markets.  Robert Muddiman, President, will serve as Official Representative 


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Fifteen Lobby Day 2014 - Mark your calendars - April 2-3, 2014


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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CDNominations Open for FIA and FIERF Boards

Nominations open for FIA and FIERF Boards

The best organizations are only as good as their leadership, and the Forging Industry Association and the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation are no exceptions to this rule. FIA and FIERF have been very fortunate through the years in that industry leaders have consistently stepped up and volunteered their time and talents to serve on these two Boards. This altruism provides the guidance and direction that has allowed FIA and FIERF to consistently provide the services our members need in both good times and bad.

FIA's Nominating Committee will meet in February to select and nominate a slate of nominees to the FIA Board of Directors and the FIERF Board of Trustees for election at the Annual Meeting in May, 2014.

Elected Directors and Trustees will serve for three year terms, through the Annual Meeting in 2017. Candidates from both FIA forging producer or supplier member companies are eligible and will be considered for either Board, subject to the following guidelines, qualifications and preferences:

The FIA Board of Directors provides operating policy and direction to the association and its activities which support FIA's purpose and Mission - "To improve member's global competitiveness". FIA activities are accomplished by committee, staff and member groups through defined, measurable objectives relating to industry marketing, information, public policy, and technology matters relevant to the forging industry and of interest to FIA members. Director candidates are CEO or senior managers who are versed in business operations and strategic planning, motivated to participate and lead in an industry-representative peer-group effort, and able/willing to commit to 3 meeting days per year.

The FIERF Board of Trustees sets direction for, and participates in small working groups to plan and implement highly focused activities relating to Technology, Education and Fundraising matters toward furthering the competitiveness of the forging industry. Trustee candidates should be well versed in either business or technical planning skills, interested in developing long term programs and solutions to these enduring industry challenges, and able/willing to commit to 4 meeting days per year.

FIA members who are interested in serving on either Board, or who would like to recommend a candidate for consideration by the nominating committee, may inquire for more information by either contacting FIA Executive Vice President Roy W Hardy, or any member of the nominating committee listed below.


Members of the FIA nominating committee are:

Bob Bolin, SMS Meer Inc.

Email: [email protected] 

Rick Creed, Weber Metals, Inc.

Email: [email protected]

Kevin Crowley, Forged Products,Inc.

Email: [email protected] 


Bob Keeler, Timken Company

Email:  [email protected]

Dennis Potter, HHI Impact Forge

Email: [email protected]

Hudson Smith, SIFCO Industries,Inc.

Email: [email protected]

Mike Kamnikar, Ellwood Group, Inc.

Email:[email protected]

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SixTech Days on April 7 & 8, 2014 in Canton, Ohio - MARK YOUR CALENDAR
In collaboration with the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft in Germany, FIA and FIERF are hosting a two day forum to identify collaborative research projects related to Resource Efficient Manufacturing & Increasing Productivity. 
The Fraunhofer Gesellschaft is one of Europe's largest and most pristine applied research organization with over 20,000 employees worldwide. Their annual research budget exceeds $ 1.8 billion per year. Objective of the work shop is to initiate collaboration and international benchmarking on technology advancements. Who should attend? Senior engineering staff, continuous improvement personnel, research staff and academia. Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about new capabilities and potential threats to your business.(Click here) to see brochure.

FourThe Forging Career Center Offers On Average 1152 Views Of The Jobs You Post! 

FIA offers an Interactive job board in the Forging Career Center.  With its focus on forging industry companies, the Forging Career Center offers members-and the forging industry at large-an easy-to-use and highly targeted resource for online employment connections. 


Both members and non-members can use the Forging Career Center to reach qualified candidates.  Members receive a significant discount!   Employers can post jobs online, search for qualified candidates based on specific job criteria, and create an online resume agent to email qualified candidates daily.  They also benefit from online reporting that provides job activity statistics.  On average our Members job posting are viewed 1152 times.


An added benefit for both employers and job seekers is access to the Engineering & Science Career Network (ESCN), a growing network of leading engineering and science associations.  FIA's alliance with the ESCN increases employers' reach to over 15,000 resumes, as well as job seekers' reach to hundreds of job postings.  The ESCN includes leading engineering and science societies such as the ASM International, ASME and American Society for Quality.

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


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TwoForging Industry 2013 Orders/Shipments and Markets Survey

It's that time of year to find out how 2013 shipments, tonnage and markets did compared to the last 3 years.

This is a report FIA has been compiling for over 50 years, collecting forging companies information and reporting that in the aggregate to participating companies. 

The questionnaires went out January 10th via e-mail or mail or however your company requested it.  (Click here) to download the forms from our website, but first see a few reasons as to why you should participate.


FIA's Market Forecasting Service is available to help you:

       Track current and future health of your markets

       Get summary forecast views of business drivers

       Promote a balanced portfolio approach to  business planning

       Allows you to look at different sectors

       Corporate planning

       Assess risk by product and sector 

  • Participating members will receive the Annual O&S report and ALL Market Forecasts issued for 2014. 
  • Non-member participants will receive the Annual O&S report and can purchase the 2014 FIA Market Forecasting  Service reports by calling the FIA office.



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OneManagement Compensation and Hourly Wage & Benefit Results Show Optimism for 2014

All participants were e-mailed the final report(s) in December - at no cost. To provide results to participants in a significantly timelier manner, FIA has streamlined the survey process by publishing results in electronic format.  All participants will be sent final reports via e-mail ONLY. 


In 2013 summary data showed:

  • The data show an overall Average Straight Time Hourly Rate (ASTHR) for the industry of $19.22.  Average benefit cost per hour is $9.45. Total Average Wage and Benefit costs are $28.51.

Information contained in the reports is valuable for salary reviews, contract negotiations and setting pay for new hires.  Results allow you to benchmark your benefit packages and pay scales against companies like your own.

Non-participating FIA Members may purchase the reports at $500 each.  If you have not received your copy, or would like to purchase reports, please contact Mary Ann Foote at [email protected] or 216.781.6260.


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Eight8IFC 2014 Registration Open and Plant Tours Announced- Register Early for Best Selection

Registration is now open for the 21st International Forging Congress organized by EUROFORGE and its 11 country associations on the Congress' website at www.ifc2014.org 


Program at a glance


Sunday, June 29, 2014 - Berlin Sightseeing and Welcome Evening

Monday, June 30, 2014 - Presentations

Tuesday, July 1, 2014 - Presentations; Farewell Dinner

July 2 - 4, 2014 - Transfers and plant visit tours in EUROFORGE member countries


Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration Fees for the Congress are as follows:  Participant €580; Accompanying Person €350.  The fees include welcome evening, coffee breaks, lunches, participation in the conference, admission to exhibition and participation in all evening events.


Plant Tours

Eight plant tour options are offered:  Germany (North and South), Italy, Spain, France, Czech Republic, Sweden and Turkey.  Plant Tour costs are based on location - see Plant Tour Overview  (Note:  Participants are responsible for his/her transportation from Berlin to the start of the plant tours.  The exceptions for this are tours to North Germany and Czech Republic which will depart Berlin by bus so there are no extra fees for transportation.)


Join us!  We'd like to have a strong North American Delegation presence at the Congress.  For further information or to be added to the IFC2014 mailing list, please contact Karen Lewis  ([email protected]) or by phone at 216-781-6260. 


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FourteenExhibitors Wanted: 2014 International Forgemasters Meeting

The 19th International Forgemasters Meeting (IFM 2014) will be held this September 29-October 3 in Tokyo, Japan. The IFM traditionally brings together hundreds of open die forging and supplier executives representing leading manufacturing companies from across the globe. This extraordinary event will showcase the best in forging technical presentations for the worldwide forging community.


Organized by The Steel Castings and Forgings Association of Japan (JSCFA), the 19th IFM will include an open exhibition of products and services of interest to the worldwide open die forging community. An Exhibitor Prospectus is now available. If you wish to exhibit at the IFM, please visit the JSCFA website at http://www.ifm2014.com/exhibition.html. Applications to exhibit will be accepted on a first come-first served basis. Completed applications should be faxed or e-mailed to the Secretariat no later than May 31, 2014.  


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ThreeFIA to Exhibit at CONEXPO-CON/AGG & Global Petro Show in 2014
FIA is an exhibitor and Official Supporting Organization for CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2014. This is the

tradeshow for what's new in construction and will be the meeting place for construction industry professionals.  The show will take place March 4-8, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.




The Expo will showcase:

  • New products and technologies - Get close and size-up the newest in equipment and technology available anywhere in the construction industry.  See in person where your products or services fit in these assemblies and end products.
  • Meet today's top technical experts - Tap construction experts in person for applicable ideas useful to your business now and in the future.

CONEXPO-CON/AGG will co-locate with IFPE(fluid power, power transmission and motion control industries). Together, these organizations will be the complete resource for the construction industry. Advanced registration is now open. Register before January 17, 2014 to receive discounted pricing. For more information, visit www.conexpoconagg.com.


This summer, FIA will exhibit at the Global Petroleum Show (GPS), June 10-12, 2014 in Calgary, Canada. One of the largest energy exhibitions in the world, GPS unites 63,000+ attendees from over 100 countries with 2,000 exhibiting companies. GPS offers governments, national oil companies, independent oil companies, attendees and industry suppliers from around the world opportunities to build relationships, source new markets and network within the international energy community. This extensive exhibition of technology driving the industry will feature rigs, drives, casings, muds, fracturing and perforating, downhole, measurements and more. For more information, visit http://globalpetroleumshow.com.

SixteenHardy elected to Board of CMA

Roy Hardy, FIA's Executive Vice President, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the National Association of Manufacturers' (NAM) Council of Manufacturing Associations (CMA)


The CMA is made up of more than 200 manufacturing trade associations that work together on behalf of manufacturing in the United States. NAM provides knowledge, resources and a great network to help these association CEOs create a stronger and more prosperous manufacturing sector. The CMA represents every part of manufacturing in the United States and broadens the reach and impact of NAM's industry's advocacy efforts.

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SevenPresenting "Engineering as a Career" to High School Students

On November 5th, Roy Hardy gave a presentation to STEM seniors at Bay High School in Bay Village , Ohio.  The purpose was to educate the students to available career options in engineering and to specifically introduce them to the forging industry.  40 students attended the presentation, and after the Q & A, 10 students signed on to visit SIFCO FORGE on a field trip.  


On December 11th, Matt Morrison - General Manager gave the students a presentation on SIFCO and with the help of Kevin Vadini - Operations Manager gave the students a first-hand look at forging hammers in operation and a full plant tour.  The students were properly impressed, with a couple of them asking about internships during the plant visit!  Mission Accomplished.


One of the missions of FIA is to attract and retain a talented workforce for industry, and recruiting young people to pursue engineering degrees is an important component of filling our "feed stock" for the future.  Feel free to use the referenced power point and contact your local high school about providing this program, and don't forget to include a  plant tour of your facility.  If you have any questions, please contact Roy Hardy ([email protected]) and don't forget to send us your results with pictures for future Quick Reads!



If your having trouble viewing the presentation you may download Adobe Flash Player by clicking the link below.




TenMark Your Calendars - FIA Annual Meeting, May 3-5, Marco Island, FL
FIA company and supplier senior executives are encouraged to mark their calendars for the 2014 FIA Annual Meeting to take place at the Marriott Marco Island in Marco Island, FL, May 3-5. The agenda will feature presentations critical to current manufacturing businesses, including "How to attract and retain young workers to jobs they might not consider 'sexy'" The remainder of the meeting is being finalized as of this writing. Look for complete registration details and information in February via e-mail, newsletter and printed brochure.

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Nine9On-Line Maintenance Training Available to FIA Members

Is your workforce aging?  Do current workers lack skills to effectively meet the needs of new technologies?  Are you having difficulty hiring skilled maintenance technicians?  Finding it hard to locate and/or schedule training?  If so, you are not alone and a new partnership between FIA and Kent State University is ready to help.


Through this partnership, FIA Members can receive a customized program including a needs assessment, job task analysis, industrial maintenance training, monitoring and evaluation in a very cost effective manner.  See the Forging University and Kent State's website for a complete listing of on-line course offerings.

Lisa Goetsch, Director of Workforce Development and Continuing Studies, previewed the programs available through Kent State University at Trumbull for attendees at the FIA Fall Meeting of Members and received very positive feedback.  For more information, she may be contacted at [email protected].


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ElevenConflict Minerals

May 2014 is fast approaching.  This date is important if you are involved with Conflict Minerals as a supplier or owner, be it public or private.  The Dodd-Frank legislation impacts many companies.   How far along you are in implementing a Conflict Minerals program.  Below are a couple of short-cut tools that some companies are using.  


If your company just needs a little help, MetalMiner has a low cost jump-start program that essentially allows you to double check your Conflict Minerals program implementation.  MetalMiner has seen companies who have a pretty robust Conflict Minerals compliance program use this to benchmark and double check programs.  The application is ideal if you are well down the Conflict Minerals path.  


If your company needs more than just a little help, and you are personally finding it stressful to implement a comprehensive program or you need to take people off other jobs to work Conflict Minerals, there is a solution.  MetalMiner can offer a more detailed compliance program along with a step -by- step check list of what you need to be doing.  Either purchase is far less expensive than if you hired an outside consultant.  To view the specifics of both kits I encourage you to go to the following link to help you make the right decision.


Included is a link to a six minute video by Lawrence Heim from the Elm Group who is the foremost authority on Conflict Minerals who developed these products.



If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Art Reisman at (847-744-0019) or Metalminer.com.

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TwelveIHS and SCRA Applied R&D

IHS and SCRA Applied R&D are embarking on a sweeping update of the National Forging Tooling Database.  FIA member companies included in the database will be contacted to coordinate updates over the next few weeks. 


This database connects customers to forging suppliers.  It operates around the clock and across the country free of charge to the participants.  An added incentive to participate in the database is the Email Alert System offered by IHS to alert forges early of the intent by the Department of Defense to purchase forgings for which forges are tooled for specific National Stock Numbered Parts.  By updating your tooling lists and points of contact, your forge can potentially increase its sales while supporting the warfighter!


FIA member companies can already access the NFTD via https://www.forging.org/member-services 


If you cannot wait to update your data and point of contact information, you can go directly to Chris Bergner [email protected] or Jon Tirpak [email protected] at SCRA Applied R&D or Vicki Knauf of IHS at [email protected].


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ThirteenTechnology Assessment Opportunity

As part of the "Technology and Research Days" hosted by FIA in partnership with the Fraunhofer Gesellschaft on April 7 & 8, 2014, we offer the opportunity of an individualized technology assessment of your processes by Fraunhofer Researchers. There are two choices for the assessment; either you identify 3-4 core processes such as machining, lightweight design, material properties or others or the researchers can introduce your organization to technologies that focus on resource efficient manufacturing in forging & machining. Please contact [email protected] if you are interested. Assessment opportunities will be filled on a first-come-first-serve basis.


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