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                                                    April 2014


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Plan to Attend the FIA Annual Meeting, May 3-5, 2014   

TenGerdau Steps Up For FIERF!

The Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation (FIERF) thanks Gerdau Specialty Steel NA for their support at the Platinum Anvil Society level. 

It is only through the support of the industry that the Foundation is able to continue to sponsor research in universities and reach out to students to fill the talent pipeline.

The Foundation also expresses gratitude to Danieli Corporation, Ellwood Group, Fountaintown Forge, Queen City Forging, Al Underys and John Walters for continuing and new contributions in recent months.

For more information on research and education activities or to make an individual or corporate tax deductible contribution to FIERF, contact Karen Lewis ([email protected] or 216.781.6260).

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NineFIERF -New Project Report Available

 FIERF Sponsored Research   

This information is available to Members Only.   


Title: Temperature Measurement Best Practice Tutorial 

FIERF sponsored study at Marquette University, Justin I. Kurk and Professor Joseph Domblesky

ThreeConsider Becoming a Benefactor of the FIA Annual Meeting

Following FIA's very successful 100th Anniversary Meeting last May, we now begin looking forward to our next 100 years starting with the 2014 Annual Meeting to be held on Marco Island, FL.  In order to continue assembling a great line-up of speakers for this industry's highlight event, we are asking all member companies to consider serving as Annual Meeting benefactors. Your donations will help defray rising speaker expenses and overall meeting costs,  and therefore keep meeting registration fees in check. 

We are offering three levels of contribution: Supporting, Champion and Premier level. Those contributing $5000 will be recognized as Premier level supporters. Those contributing $3000 will be recognized as Champion level supporters, and those contributing $1,000 will be recognized as Supporting  level organizations. Recognition of benefactors will include special mention from Association leadership, signage at meeting group gatherings (receptions, registration and the Annual Meeting banquet), slides at the business sessions and  meeting badge ribbons.

Please consider becoming a benefactor of the 2014 FIA Annual Meeting. If you are interested,  e-mail Pat Kasik at [email protected] or call her at 216-781-6260 and let her know you would like to be a benefactor of the Meeting, and whether you prefer to be invoiced or pay by credit card. Your response is requested by April 18, 2014.

Thank you for your consideration in keeping our Annual Meeting the keynote industry event it has been for over 100 years!

FIA wishes to thank the following companies that served as 2013 Annual Meeting Benefactors:


Alton Steel, Inc.                                                                                               

Aluminum Precision Products, Inc.                                          

Commercial Forged Products                                                     

Danieli Corporation                                                                        


Ellwood Quality Steels Co.                                                                           

FRISA Industries                                                                                              

Gerdau (GSN)                                                                                  

HHI - Impact Forge Group                                                          

HHI - Jernberg Industries                                                            

HHI - FormTech                                                                                               

IMT Corporation                                                                              

Inductotherm Group, Inductoheat Division                         

Republic Steel                                                                                  


Ulven Forging Inc.                                                                           

W. Pat Crow Forgings    

SixFIAto Exhibit at Global Petroleum Show in June
FIA to Exhibit at Global Petroleum Show in June

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.

ThirteenWhat Does Manufacturing Mean to YOU?

The National Association of Manufacturers set out to find the answer to this question. In their journey they interviewed people from many walks of life; manufacturing workers, office workers, people on the street, children, local shop owners, etc. What they heard was: "Family", "Production", "Cool", "America", "The Future", "United", "Pride", and much, much more. Click here to view the 2 minute video. 


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FourWorkforce Development Tools Available On-Line

A 2013 Manpower Group survey reports over 35% of employers are finding it difficult to fill job openings.  One solution to this challenge is to focus on the talent pipeline.

To assist members in their efforts, a new section on Workforce Development has been added to the FIA Website.


In addition to specific steps and ideas to use with local schools, you'll find links to material explaining the forging process and PowerPoint presentations designed for high school, college and teachers that you can down load and personalize with your company's information.



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OneCharlestown Navy Yard Forging Equipment
The National Park Service is trying to determine the proper disposition of the chain making equipment located at the Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston.  Equipment includes: (3) 10-12,000 lb Erie Steam drop hammers; (1) 25,000 lb Erie Steam drop hammer; 2 lines of smaller Erie and Chambersburg hammers each with a Bliss trimming press.  Inventory also includes dozens of small furnaces.


Questions that need answered to assist in this decision making process include:


1)     Are there 50-75 year old drop hammers in the 10,000 to 25,000 range in current use today?

2)     Are there any Lithium Furnaces in current use?

3)     There are 2" to 8" Ajax forging machines /upsetting machines in the group.  Are any of the circa 1940-1955 machines still in use


Answers to these questions should be forwarded to Jon Tirpak ([email protected] )


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CD2013 Annual Forging Industry Sales

The annual sales of the custom forging industry in North America has been finalized and mailed to all participants.   Sales show a decline in Open Die but stays even with 2012 in Impression Die and Rolled Ring.


Click here to view the Press Release (click)


Please call the FIA office at 216-781-6260 or e-mail [email protected] for more detail


The forging forecast report will be release by mid-May 2014.



One1Calling All Women!

Women in Manufacturingis 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-newsletterand 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).


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TwoPlan to Attend the 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, 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!

Click here to view more information and registration materials.



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SevenOhio State Spring 2014 Ergonomics Short Course

A systematic approach to reduce injuries and improve work processes in your facility. 

Tue, May 13, 2014, 8:30 am - Fri, May 16, 2014, 12:30 pm


The Ohio State University, Ohio Union

1739 N High St

Columbus, OH 43210

Classroom lecture in OSU's Ohio Union


Increase your ergonomics knowledge and improve work operations!


This course will enable you to:

  • Learn important principles, taught through lectures, case studies, in-class demonstrations, and hands-on exercises.
  • Understand the biomechanical and physiological bases of musculoskeletal disorders.
  • Use ergonomics assessment tools to objectively evaluate work processes.
  • Reduce expensive and debilitating occupational injuries.
  • Improve the safety and efficiency of work environments, assembly lines, and tools & equipment.
  • Increase productivity and quality, your company's profitability, and employee job satisfaction.


Click here to view Program, or contact the OSU Institute for Ergonomics Department at:  [email protected] , 614-29-4565



SixteenTheory & Applications of Forging & Die Design - Cleveland - June 16-19, 2014

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 2000+ forging employees who have already attended this course.


This will be the only offering of this program in 2014. Class size is limited, (last year's class filled up early, leaving many closed out), please don't wait to register.


Click here to view/print the full program.


For additional information, contact George Layne at: [email protected], or by phone at 216-781-6260


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FourteenComplete Information & Registration for 19th Forgemasters Meeting now Available


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 official program has been released and is now available on the JSCFA website http://www.ifm2014.com/index.html. Please note that early bird registration ends June 30, 2014.


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