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                                                    July 2014


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ElevenAre there 600,000 Open Jobs in Manufacturing?
In 2011, the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the Manufacturing Institute, and Deloitte released the
Skills Gap in Manufacturing report that found there were as many as 600,000 open jobs in manufacturing.  That report earned world-wide media coverage and the 600,000 open jobs figure is still widely quoted in the press today.


The NAM, the Institute, and Deloitte are now conducting a study to update that figure and identify the true scale of manufacturing's workforce challenge between now and 2020.  We need your help.


To expand the reach of the survey and gain the widest possible input from the manufacturing sector, we would greatly appreciate your organization's support for this study and distribution of the survey.


We are assisting in an important study that the National Association of Manufacturers and The Manufacturing Institute are conducting with Deloitte to update the widely-quoted 600,000 open jobs in manufacturing figure and identify the true scale of manufacturing's workforce challenge between now and 2020.


To help us with this study, please take a few minutes to complete a survey found at the following link:




The 600,000 open jobs figure changed the direction of manufacturing education in the U.S. and impacted policy and funding decisions across the federal and state governments.  This new report will hopefully continue the momentum in our favor.


Thank you for contributing to this important research and supporting our partnership with NAM and The Manufacturing Institute.


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TenThe 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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ThirteenOn-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 difficulties 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 websitefor 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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OneFIA Members Press Release

Visit the FIA Members Press Releases to see what's new with your fellow members, or send us your Press Release, promotions, retirements, awards, accomplishments etc.


To Submit a Press Release:
The Members Press Release service is a Forging Industry Association, (FIA), Members Only Service. Only FIA members may submit press releases for posting. All submissions must be in a PDF format, ready for posting. Send all submissions to
[email protected], with "Press Release" in the subject line. Be sure to clearly indicate how you want your press release titled.

Press Releases will be posted for 60-days.


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FiveForging University

The Forging University is an On-Line, Web-Based Training Center, offering over100 interactive training courses. It is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from the office, the home, or on the go.

Subscribing companies may offer up to 1000 of their employee's unlimited access to all 100 plus course offerings. The Forging University is a free service for FIA member companies.

Non-FIA member companies may subscribe to the University for an annual fee of $5,000.

For more information click here or contact FIA at: [email protected]


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SixteenHammer Maintenance Workshop - October 29 - 30, 2014 - Cleveland

This 1 � day workshop will act to introduce participants to the different types of hammers. It will provide an explanation of the various elements of the hammer to provide an understanding of how they work and their influence on other parts of the hammer and the forging process.

The emphasis of the Workshop is predictive and preventative maintenance of the elements of the hammer, and things to be taken into account when planning a repair.

  • Hammer Overview
  • Foundations
  • Die Alignment / Control Guide Alignment
  • Tooling Setup & Wear Parts
  • Hammer Controls
  • Hammer Maintenance
  • Maintenance Program Case Study

This Workshop will not be delivered again this year, so don't miss it! Class size is limited, so don't wait to register.

For additional information contact George Layne at: [email protected]  


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SixForge Fair 2015 Early Booth Registration is Ending Soon!

Forge Fair 2015 booth registration and selection has begun! Register today with your booth deposit to enjoy the benefits of early registration.


Why Register Early?

  • Receive special discounted booth rate
  • Receive preferential booth assignments
  • Reserve an Exhibitor Presentation slot
  • Be included in early viewing on the FIA Website
  • Be included in early promotions mailings

Click here to view more information and register your booth today! 


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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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