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                                                    March 2014


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


IFC 2014 Update 




WelcomeWelcome Exova Inc.

FIA is pleased to welcome Exova Inc.as the association's newest supplier member.  Located in Santa Fe Springs, CA, Exova Inc. provides materials testing, certification and technical consulting to the forging industry.  Claudia Figueroa, Sales Executive, will serve as Official Representative.


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SevenFinkl Scholarship Applications Available On-Line

Do you know a university engineering student entering their junior year in the Fall?  Have interns or co-ops that you'd like to help with tuition?  Have employees with children or grandchildren interested in the forging industry?

Applications for the Charles W. Finkl Scholarships are now available on the FIA website.  College sophomores who are full-time students majoring in chemical, computer, electrical, industrial, materials, mechanical, or metallurgical engineering at an accredited four-year college or university who have a minimum GPA of 2.75 or above are encouraged to apply.

All application materials must be received by April 15th.  Awards are $2000 in the junior year and an additional $2000 in the senior year if the student remains eligible.  Up to 15 scholarships will be awarded in June.

Since the program's inception honoring the legacy of Charles W. Finkl, more than 150 students have received scholarship.  Many of them are now working for end-use customers, forging or supplier companies.

Download information to post on bulletin boards or share with students.  For additional information contact the Foundation Office at 216.781.5040.


Three2013 FIA Orders, Shipments and End-Use Markets Surveys are DUE SOON!!

REMINDER:  2013 FIA Orders, Shipments and End-Use Markets Surveys are DUE SOON!! 



FIA is committed to giving our members and the forging community the best information possible.  So FIA added the Forecast Report presented by IHS Global Insights.  THE WORD IS THAT THE DATA IS RIGHT ON THE MARK!!  Talk about helping your company project your markets for at least 3 years out with these quarterly reports which are geared directly to the Forging Industry and broken out by Impression, Open Die and Rolled Ring segments.

We know how busy all of you are, which is a really good thing, but to get this vital information to you at the earliest time we need your input and HELP to accomplish this goal.

Not only do you get the breakdown of metals, tons, markets served, employment shifts and export information on the regular yearly report, but as a MEMBER will receive the Quarterly Forecast report for FREE for a year just for participating.  We didn't forget the non FIA members - you can purchase the Forecast report at a discounted rated also just for participating.
The more data we can get the better and more accurate the output will be. REMEMBER all data is kept confidential and we only report in the aggregate!!!  SO HURRY AND SEND US YOUR INFORMATION AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.

Need a survey?  Download here 2013 O&S Annual Surveys or call FIA OFFICE at 213-781-6260 ask for Diane or Mary Ann.

Thank you in advance for assisting in this vital report!!
OneTech Conference Call for Papers Issued
The Technology Committee is pleased to announce the Call for Papers for the 30th Forging Industry Technical Conference has been issued, with information now available online.


Please take this opportunity to share your technical knowledge and achievements at the Forging Industry Technical Conference to be held September 8-10, 2014, in Plymouth MI.  Please submit in English by April 15, 2014 to Carola Sekreter ([email protected]).


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ThirteenCongratulations FIA Safety Plaque Award Winners

GROUP I (Up to 80 employees)

First Place:                              

Arro Forge, Incorporated 

Cardinal Forge Company

Eagle WI Forge Company

Lakeview Forge Company

Michigan Forge Company

Second Place:

Schaefer Equipment a Wabtec Company

Third Place:                              

Green Bay Drop Forge


            Keystone Forging Company        


GROUP II (81 to 175 employees)

First Place:                              

ATI Portland Forge- Kentucky

Ellwood Advanced Components

Missouri Forge Incorporated

Second Place:

Jorgensen Forge Corporation

 Third Place:

Carolina Forge- a MFC Group Company


Missouri Forge Incorporated     


GROUP III (176 to 325 employees)

            First Place:

FRISA Forjados S.A. de C.V. Superalloys Plant

Second Place:

BAE Systems, Land & Armaments                    

Third Place:

General Dynamics Ordnance & Tactical Systems Scranton Operations


FRISA Forjados S.A. de C.V. Superalloys Plant


GROUP IV (Over 326 employees)

            First Place:

 Scot Forge Company- Spring Grove Division

Second Place:

Weber Metals Incorporated

Third Place:

Sypris Technologies Incorporated-Toluca


Weber Metals Incorporated


We are pleased to announce the 2013 Safety Award Winners. Awards are given in each of the four groups established according to average annual employment as follows:

                        I.          Up to 80 employees                  III.         176 to 325 employees

                        II.          81 to 175 employees                 IV.        Over 326 employees

First, second and third place Safety Awards are given in each group for companies having the lowest Recordable Cases Incidence Rate provided that the DART Incidence Rate falls below the group average. In the event that Recordable Incidence Rates are equal, the lower DART Incidence Rate will determine the award.

Improvement Awards are given in each group for the company experiencing the greatest improvement in the DART Incidence Rate. This award is determined by percentage of improvement by DART Incidence Rate compared with the last three years average.


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FourRep. Camp Introduces Comprehensive Tax Reform Proposal

The Laurin Baker Group Brings Us Breaking Political News:

As expected, House Ways and Means Chairman Dave Camp (R-MI 4) released his long-anticipated comprehensive tax reform legislation today.

The odds of this proposal becoming law this year are not good, particularly given the departure of Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), who had been working with Rep. Camp on a bipartisan approach for the past three years.  Also, Republican leadership is concerned that moving ahead with this comprehensive package before the 2014 elections will allow Democrats to shift attention away from their Obamacare problem and potentially mitigate their losses in November.  Some even suggest getting too aggressive on tax reform now could cost the Republicans the chance to take back the Senate.

However, it is a bold proposal and regardless of whether it becomes law this year or not, it will certainly set the tone of the tax reform debate whenever it occurs!


Send your comments to Laurin Baker ([email protected]) or Jennifer Reid ([email protected])

 Here are some highlights of the package released today:

 Highlights of the Tax Reform Act of 2014 include:

 New Individual and Corporate Rate Structure:  Flattens the code by reducing rates and collapsing today's brackets into two brackets of 10 and 25 percent for virtually all taxable income, ensuring that over 99 percent of all taxpayers face maximum rates of 25 percent or less.  The plan also reduces the corporate rate to 25 percent. NOTE: This includes all income from U.S. manufacturing activities, regardless of whether earned by a pass-through entity or a C corporation.  There is a 35 percent bracket for individual income above $400,000 or $450,000 for joint filers (excluding Qualified Domestic Manufacturing Income from a pass-through entity)

  • Larger Standard Deduction:  Makes the code simpler and fairer by providing a significantly more generous, inflation-adjusted standard deduction of $11,000 for individuals and $22,000 for married couples.  
  • Larger Child Tax Credit:  Increases the child tax credit to $1,500 per child, adjusts it for inflation going forward and expands the number of families that can claim the credit. 
  • Simpler, Improved Taxation of Investment Income:  Taxes long-term capital gains and dividends as ordinary income, but exempts 40 percent of such income from tax - resulting in a three percentage point decrease from the maximum rates individuals pay today on such income while also achieving the lowest level of double taxation on investment income in modern history.  
  • No AMT:  In addition to lowering tax rates for families and all job creators, the plan repeals the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) for individuals, pass-through businesses and corporations

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FiveFIA Board Update

At last month's FIA Board meeting in Cleveland, the Board took the following actions:


            * Approved funding to enhance and improve FIA's Benchmarking programs.

              This investment will result in "giving members what they want, when they want it"


            * Approved the continuation and expansion of "Benefactors" for the Annual Meeting to help fund

              the increasing cost of quality speakers.  This financial support will allow FIA to continue to       

              provide high level content at the Annual Meeting without dramatically increasing the registration

              cost to attendees.


            * Approved changing the title of FIA's chief executive staff person from Executive Vice President

              to President.  Additionally the titles for the President and Vice President of the Board of Directors       

              has been changed to Chairman and Vice Chairman.


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EightFIA Safety, Health & Environmental Newsletter

March/April 2014 - In this Issue:
  • OSHA Predicts Over 37,600 Inspections in 2014
  • Recordkeeping Rule Must Be Withdrawn
  • April Best Safety Practices Workshop
  • Changes to USEPA Rules & Standards
  • Safety/Health/Environmental Committee Needs You!
  • Top 10 Most Cited OSHA Standards
  • Do You Have a Safety/Environmental Question...?
  • Safety Star Awards

Click to view/print Newsletter 


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NineFIERF - Four New Project Reports Available

In the past academic year, four projects have been completed by our magnet school professors and their students.  This information is available to Members Only.    


FIERF Sponsored Research


Prediction and Elimination of Fracture in Hot Forging 

The research was performed by Siddharth Kishore, Graduate Research Associate - Xi Yang, Graduate Research Associate, Arturo Reyes-Osorio - Visiting Scholar and Taylan Altan, Professor and Director of the Engineering Research Center for Net Shape Manufacturing at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio. Click here 


Austenitizing in Steels

John G. Speer, Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center, Colorado School of Mines

Robert J. Gaster, Deere & Company, Moline Technology Innovation Center.  Provided to FIA Members by Colorado School of Mines Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center. Click here 


Adaptable Dies to Minimize Distortion in Non-Axisymmetric Extrusions

W.A. Gordon 1, C.J. Tyne 2, Y.H. Moon

1 Stanley Black & Decker; 2 Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Colorado School of Mines; 3 Engineering Research for Net Shape and Die Manufacturing Pusan National University, Korea.  Provided to FIA Members by Colorado School of Mines Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center. Click here 


The Tempering Parameter for Evaluating Softening of Hot and Warm Forging Die Steels

E. Virtanen 1, C.J. Tyne 1, B.S. Levy 2, G. Brada 3

1 Department of Metallurgical and Materials Engineering Colorado School of Mines; 2 B.S. Levy Consultants Ltd.; 3 A. Finkl & Sons.  Provided to FIA Members by Colorado School of Mines Advanced Steel Processing and Products Research Center. Click here 

TwelveCalling All Women!

Women in Manufacturing  is a nearly 400-member-strong national organization dedicated to the attraction, retention and advancement of women who are pursuing or have chosen a career in the manufacturing industry. This group encourages the engagement of women who want to share perspectives, gain cutting-edge manufacturing information, improve leadership and communication skills, participate in sponsoring programs and network with industry peers. Members benefit from exclusive access to regional and national programming, networking opportunities, mentoring and sponsoring programs, monthly professional development webinars, a customized employment tool called WiMWorks, online discussion communities, the quarterly Impact e-newsletter and a robust searchable online directory.  Allison Grealis, Director of Women in Manufacturing says, "Our goal at WiM is to better share the story of what it is really like to be a woman in today's manufacturing industry so that young women can better envision this as a professional fit."  Visit the group's website for additional information. 


Interested in forming a forging supply chain group?  Please contact Karen Lewis at the FIA Office ([email protected]; 216.781.6260).

Click to view/print the Catalog  


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TenGot a 2020 Plan?  FIERF does, and you're part of it!

The Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation (FIERF) is looking to the future and needs your support to reap its benefits.

The Plan?  More engagement at multiple levels of the educational system, working to assure a skilled future workforce... 

  • More scholarships.
  • More students interacting with industry through targeted workshops, Materials Camps, Internships and special programs to bring awareness of our industry.
  • More industry directed research being done at universities in cooperation with industry partners.

The Benefit?  What if...

  • The entire industry benefited from skilled graduates coming into the industry?
  • Your future workforce had knowledge and familiarity with the fundamental role our industry plays in manufacturing?
  • You had a new window on developing technologies that will change the role our industry plays in the future?

Click here to see the stories of students and teachers as they describe how you can make a difference.  Contact Karen Lewis (216.781.6260 or [email protected]) to learn more or get involved.


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CDLet's Think About Summer!

While the view from the FIA Office is of a very frozen Lake Erie, we're thinking of summer to come and summer interns!  Now is the time to start your search for summer interns.  We hear from FIA Members that the one thing they would do differently regarding their internship program is to start earlier to bring in the right students.


For tips to make the most of internships, see the Foundation's Internship Pointers.  Contact Karen Lewis (216.781.6260 or [email protected]) to receive resumes of students interested in an internship in the forging industry.


ElevenVisit the Forge Fair Floor Plan & Welcome Center - Start Planning Your Visit

Visit the Forge Fair Welcome Center; you may search for exhibitors by Products, Services, Company Names, Booth Numbers and Booth Locations. Fifty Exhibitors have already registered and have selected their booth locations.

Use this application before, during and after the show to help maximize your show experience. You can map your trip through the show; preview much anticipated new products and save it all under your own personnel profile by using the "My Show Planner"

Click to visit the Forge Fair Home Page.



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One1IRS Issues Final Regs on Employer Shared Responsibility for Health Insurance Coverage
On February 10, 2014, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued final regulations that provide guidance on large employers' shared responsibility for employee health insurance coverage under section 4980H of the Internal Revenue Code.  Under the final regs, the employer mandate will apply to employers with 100 or more full-time employees beginning January 1, 2015. The final rules will apply to midsize businesses with 50 to 99 full-time equivalent employees beginning January 1, 2016. Companies that have fewer than 50 employees are exempt from providing coverage or filling out any forms in any year.

The final regulations are effective February 12, 2014.

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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]).


 Click here to download registration form. 


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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.
SixteenBest Practices for Workplace Safety Workshop

April 9, 2014 - Chicago Marriott O'Hare Hotel


Safety professionals from FIA member forge shops will share their best safety practices with you in this one-day Best Practices Workshop.

Workplace safety requires providing a safe work environment for your employees. An injured worker is an unproductive employee, costing your business the services of a valued employee as well as driving up your insurance costs. While catchy slogans posted on signs can be effective cautionary reminders, responding to safety issues immediately can reduce the number of incidences of workplace mishaps.


Topics to be covered:

Overview of Forging University Safety Courses
Arch Flash Standards

What is a Recordable? Are You Over Recording Your Incidences?

OSHA Hot Buttons and Targeted Areas

Reducing the Risk of Hand Injuries

Overview of Environmental Regulations, Permits and Reports

Maximizing the Effectiveness of Your Safety Training

Improving Your Return-to-Work and Illness and Injury Preventive Programs

Round Table and Open Discussion


Click to view/print Workshop Brochure


Contact George Layne at: [email protected] for additional information.


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TwoPlan to Attend the FIA Annual Meeting, May 3-5, Marco Island, FL
FIA producer and supplier company senior executives are encouraged to mark their calendars for the 2014 FIA Annual Meeting to take place at the Marriott Marco Island, Florida. The meeting will open the evening of May 3 with an informal beach reception and dinner. It will close the evening of May 5 with the Annual Meeting Reception and Banquet. The agenda will target issues of interest and concern to all members, but will feature Mr. Mark King, current CEO of TaylorMade-Adidas Golf, who led the company's turnaround from a $300 million company to over $1 billion in just a few short years. The Meeting will also include a presentation from Jerry Jasinowski, former CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, on the future of manufacturing. Other topics of interest:

         Attracting and Retaining Young Workers

         Making Innovative Talent Management Solutions Pay Off

         Updates on Washington and the Impact on Manufacturing

         Succession Planning for Small and Medium Sized Businesses

         Strategic Planning: Getting from Vision to Execution

         Update on Potentially Disruptive Technologies


In addition, the annual FIA Safety Awards will be presented. We look forward to seeing you on Marco Island this May!

Look for more information and registration materials to come later this month.  



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Eight8International Forging Congress 2014 Update

June 29-July 4, 2014  


Berlin Germany 


InterContinental Berlin


We hear from the organizers of IFC 2014 that registration is picking up!  At the moment, all plant tours are still available with Turkey being particularly popular.  In our experience here in North America, tours do sell out and are closed so register as early as possible to increase the likelihood of receiving your tour of choice.

Register now to pay Early Bird Fees - Early bird registration rates are in effect until April 7th via on-line registration. See http://www.ifc2014.org/. 

FIA is aware of over 20 executives interested to participating in this event.  Join us!  For further information or to be added to the IFC2014 mailing list, please contact Karen Lewis([email protected]) or 216-781-6260.


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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