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                                                    September 2014


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ElevenWelcome Newman Flange & Fitting Co.

FIA is pleased to welcome Newman Flange & Fitting Co. as the association's newest producer member. Located in Newman, California, Newman Flange & Fitting Co.is an open die producer of custom and catalog stainless, cu-ni, inconels and other nickel alloys for the defense, industrial equipment, power generation and oil field markets. Herb Liebelt, V.P. Plant Manager, will serve as Official Representative.


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OneConsider Sponsorship of the FIA Fall Meeting

In order to continue assembling outstanding FIA industry meetings, we are asking all member companies to consider sponsoring meal functions at the FIA Fall 2014 Meeting. Not only will your donations help defray rising food and beverage expenses, but overall meeting costs as well, and therefore keep meeting registration fees in check.

Sponsors will be acknowledged by the FIA Chairman, at the sponsoring event and in overall meeting materials. Only one sponsorship will be sold per event.

We are offering several functions for sponsorship:

Monday, October 13 Breakfast                                 $2500

Monday, October 13 Morning Break                       $1000    SOLD 

Monday October 13, Lunch                                      $3500

Monday, October 13 Afternoon break                     $1000

Monday, October 13, Reception/Dinner                  $3500    SOLD

Tuesday, October 14, Breakfast                                $2500    SOLD

Tuesday, October 14, Morning Break                       $1000

Please consider becoming a sponsor of the 2014 FIA Fall Meeting. If you are interested, please e-mail Pat Kasik at [email protected] or call her at 216-781-6260 and let her know which event you would like to sponsor, and whether you prefer to be invoiced or pay by credit card. Your response is requested by September 26, 2014.


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ThirteenCompensation and Benefits Benchmarking On-Line September 15th

FIA provides the only timely forging industry specific wage and benefit information for hourly, supervisory and management positions. And this information is available only through survey participation. To give you the information you need, when you need it, this popular tool is now more immediate, user friendly and customizable.

A webinar will be held Tuesday, September 16th at 11:30 EDT to show the platform's capabilities, walk participants through data entry and describe how data can be customized.

For more information, to receive an invitation to the webinar or to find out who at your organization will receive the link to input data, contact your FIA Compensation Benchmarking Team - Mary Ann Foote, Karen Lewis or Theresa Ferry at 216.781.6260 or [email protected].


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TwoASM Material Camps-Connecting Teachers with the Forging Industry

This summer The Forging Foundation was once again a proud sponsor of ASM Material Camps for Teachers. In addition to providing financial support, FIERF also provides each of the approximately 1150 teachers whom attended the camps a "Forge Your Future" bag containing materials on the forging process and careers in the forging industry.  


The Foundation was very active in camps this summer. With many thanks to the generous donation from Walker Forge, this year all 50 camps were given a sample of a forged plunger seat for teachers to view. Along with forging samples, the Foundation was able to connect 20 FIA members from 13 different companies for presentations at 16 of the ASM Camps-Metals Tuesdays. These individuals volunteered their time this summer to visit camps and talk about the forging process and the type of jobs available in their companies.  


Kyle Rackers of Scot Forge noted during his presentations. "It was great to see the enthusiasm and involvement from the teachers.  The questions all were phrased that one could tell they were drawing from their previous metals courses.  Also, I was glad to see that teachers understand students from all different types of backgrounds can go to work in the metals industry from machinist, marketing, sales, engineering, and more!"


We would like to acknowledge and thank the following individuals who participated in this summer's ASM Material Camps:

Craig Nieman - Dekalb 


Mike Gill - LASCO Engineering Services

University of Michigan


Rick Recktenwald, John Bushie, Andy Carrico - Walker Forge, Inc.

Michigan Technological University and University of Wisconsin-Madison


Kyle Rackers, Pat Nowak - Scot Forge Co.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and North Central College


Rob Mayer-The Queen City Forge Co.                             

Summit Country Day School


Matt Morrison - SIFCO

Case Western Reserve University


John Walters, Jim Miller-Scientific Forming Technologies Corp.,

Tolles Technical Center (Year 1 and MSP)


Eric Wilson, Martha Todd-Wilson, Hunter Wilson-Dayton Forging & Heat Treating Co.

Stebbins High


Brandt Moffatt, Craig Nieman- Dekalb          

Northern Illinois University


Bill Holstein-Impact Forge Group

University of Indianapolis


Paul Dennis-Weber Metals, Inc.

California State University


Greg Scheuring - Ellwood City Forge

Carnegie Mellon


Jordan Reed - Ulven Forging Inc.

Evergreen High School


Chuck Fryman- Ellwood National Crankshaft

Youngstown State University



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ThreeFIA to Exhibit at Power-Gen International 2014

FIA will represent its Member companies through exhibition at the Power Gen International Show, December 9-11, 2014, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, FL. Over 20,000 attendees and 1400 exhibitors are expected for the power industry's three-day information exchange designed to share practical experiences, knowledge and ideas on the latest trends and challenges. Plenty of Forging Capability Guide CDs promoting member custom forging services will be distributed. It's expected that many domestic and offshore forging operations will send personnel to prospect this growing market segment. FIA Members that would like COMPLIMENTARY ADMISSION TICKETS to the exhibit portion of the show should e-mail [email protected] to request tickets. Or see http://www.power-gen.com for more information on exhibiting or attending the show.


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FourSeptember / October FIA Safety, Health & Environmental Newsletter

In this Issue:

. Maximizing Training Effectiveness

. OSHA Recordkeeping Quiz

. Building a Culture of Safety

. Safety Star Awards

. Do You Have a Safety or Environment Question...?

. Safety, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee Needs  YOU!


Click to view/print Newsletter  


TenSad News! 

Bruce was one of the few that had actually wrote and refined the Forging Practices handbook for the FIA.

R. Bruce Hidy

Age 88, passed away Monday, August 18, 2014 surrounded by his family.  Born November 22, 1925 in Fairfield, Iowa, Bruce retired with over 30 years of service as a draftsman and Chief Engineer at Lindell Drop Forge.  In retirement, he continued to share knowledge and expertise as a consultant on countless projects.  Bruce excelled in the industry, and he was one of the top ten in his field honored to be setting American Standards in metallurgy for the industry.


A devoted husband, father, and Christian, Bruce enjoyed nothing more than spending time with his children and their families, always looking for projects and ways to be helpful. His many hobbies included gardening, patiently restoring antiques, and creating flawless wood furniture for family and friends. He cared for his beloved wife, Charlotte, during the years of her declining health. As a faithful member of First United Methodist Church, he provided gifts of service for more than a decade, working daily and enjoying camaraderie with the other retired gentlemen as they worked together on small construction and maintenance projects at the church.


Bruce is survived by his 4 children, Linda (Chuck) Grettenberger, Loretta (Mike) Kremer-Pearson, David (Debbie) Hidy, and Bryan (Diane Strong) Hidy; 13 grandchildren Dr. Brenda Grettenberger, Karl (Mary) Grettenberger, Kevin (Julie) Grettenberger, Herman (Samantha) Grettenberger, Rebecca (Steve) Dutcher, William (Rachel) Kremer, Bryan B. Hidy, Benjamin Hidy, Christina (Fiancé, Nolan) Horn, Landon Hidy, Charles Hidy, David Hidy, and Christopher Hidy; 15 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.  He was preceded in death by his wife of 56 years, Charlotte A. Hidy in 2005; his parents, Ralph & Iva Hidy, and his sister, Ruth Hidy.


Contributions may be made the Alzheimer's Foundation or Hospice Advantage in memory of Bruce.  Friends may visit the guest book at www.tiffanyfuneralhome.com.  Arrangements by Tiffany Funeral Home.


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SevenUpdated FIA Membership Directory Now Available!

Updated FIA Membership Directories have been mailed to all member company locations. The 2014-2015 Directory contains the names of 320 member locations and 1,240 industry executives.


Member companies interested in additional copies of the Directory (hard copy or on CD in MSWord), can purchase them for $30. To order

, please contact Mary Ann at FIA [email protected] or 216.781.6260  


For your convenience, the Directory is also available for viewing or downloading from the Members Only section of the FIA website by CLICKING HERE. FIA's On-line Directory allows two options for use...you may view and search the directory on-line, or you may download a copy.

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FiveThe Thermal Manufacturing Industries Advanced Technology Consortium (TMI ATC) AMTech project led by ASM International

This project will lead the development of a comprehensive R&D roadmap that identifies common thermal manufacturing needs across industries and solicits input from key stakeholders. In support of this effort, we are surveying a diverse group of experts, including Forging Industry Association members, to identify barriers and opportunities for advancement in thermal manufacturing.


These responses will inform our understanding of the state of thermal manufacturing, while also helping to shape our workshop process for workshops we will hold in October. Please provide your responses to the following questions on the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FIA_TMIATC.

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EightATTN: Sales and Marketing Execs: FIA Marketing Workshop, September 16-17 in Indianapolis 

Forging and supplier sales and marketing executives are encouraged to mark September 16-17 on their calendars for the 2014 FIA Marketing Workshop... this year to be held in Indianapolis at the JW Marriott downtown. Business leader and customer service expert Scott McKain will open the Workshop with a in depth look and developing a customer retention environment. We'll follow with a look at all the craziness happening in Washington and how it's impacting the forging industry. 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.

Day two will open with the return of popular speaker Joe DeStefano discussing marketing strategies for 2015. And whether you are a customer or supplier, all will find the global energy market outlook of interest. 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 a learning and networking 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. Please be sure and register by August 25 to take advantage of early bird pricing.


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FifteenFIA Fall Meeting October 12-14; to Focus On Employees

Employment and economics will form the foundation of discussion at the 2014 Fall Meeting of Members to be held October 12-14 at the Hyatt Regency Indianapolis. The hotel is conveniently connected via skywalk to most of the city's major attractions making them just a short walk away.


As most will arrive on Sunday October 12, FIA will host an optional cocktail reception that evening to meet and greet new faces as well as familiar faces. We'll officially open the program the next morning with Brian Beaulieu, CEO of the Institute for Trend Research, and noted economist for many metalworking trade associations, who will present his economic overview. Will follow with a more focused look at the world forging industry, and who owns what share of the world forging pie. Will finish with an assessment of the North American forging industry forecast. Most of the afternoon will be spent on employment issues. Diverse sources of skilled employees often overlooked will precede discussion of a new training program for future industry leaders. Special roundtables will follow to further dissect these issues.


The second day will open with discussion of possible changes to accelerate exports of LNG that will permanently and negatively impact the U.S. natural gas market. FIA Committee chairs will then report on recent accomplishments on behalf of FIA members. Noted author and charismatic speaker Tom Morris will complete the meeting by delivering an inspiring message based on what the great philosophers had to say about the timeless challenges organizations face today, from building a winning culture to the tools needed to unleash innovation.


This Meeting is open to members only, and is a learning and networking opportunity not to be overlooked. Complete information and registration materials can be found by visiting www.forging.org/events and clicking on FIA Fall Meeting. Please be sure and register by September 19 to take advantage of early bird pricing.



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TwentyHammer 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.


Click here to view/print the program. 


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Nine13th International Cold Forming Congress
The International Cold Forming Congress has been held every 5 years since 1955, with venues alternating between the UK and Germany.

The 13th International Cold Forming Congress will be held in Glasgow, Scotland from Wednesday 2nd to Friday 4th September 2015.  The Conference will take place at the University of Strathclyde's state of the art Technology and Innovation Centre  

in the heart of Glasgow.  


More information will be available in the coming months however, we want to give you prior notice of the conference in Glasgow next year in order that you can put the dates in your diary.


Please click here to see the flyer providing information on the conference theme and topics being addressed as well as important dates for registration and submission of papers.


In the meantime, if you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to contact the conference organisers by emailing [email protected] 


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Six Forge Fair 2015 Early Booth Registration 

Forge Fair 2015 Exhibitor Booth Registrations are being reserved at a record pace, more than twice as fast as for Forge Fair 2013, which was a record year.

While the Early Bird Registration discount doesn't expire until October 31, 2014, register your booth now to:

  • Lock in a premium booth location, click here to view the Floor Plan 
  • Receive the special Early Bird discount rate
  • Lock in a premium Exhibitor Presentation date and time, (presentation slots are limited and are offered on a first-come-first-serve bases)
  • Take maximum advantage of Pre-Show online and print promotions

Click here to register your booth today!

Click here to visit the Forge Fair Home Page. 


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