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                                                    February 2015


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ThirteenWelcome Urrea Herranientas Profesionales
FIA is pleased to welcome Urrea Herranientas Profesionales (www.urrea.com) as a new forging producer member to our Association. Located in Jalisco, Mexico, Urrea produce captive and catalog impression and open die forgings for the industrial equipment, automotive, tool and oil field markets. To contact Urrea directly, please call 011 52 33 3208 7904.


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twoSad News
We are sad to share that Charles J. Crout Sr. passed away January 18, 2015. Charlie's long  
career in the forging industry spanned Chambersburg Engineering, Forging Developments and Ajax-Ceco. Many knew Charlie through his service on the FIA and FIERF Boards, committee participation and as an instructor for Die Design Courses. Our sympathies to Charlie's family 
and colleagues.     


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TenCleveland Hardware & Forging Co. - The Foundation's Newest Silver Anvil

Forging Industry Educational & Research Foundation would like to thank Cleveland Hardware & Forging for their support at the Silver Anvil level! It is only because of our contributors that we are able to support 30 students each year with Finkl Scholarships, work with students and professors at universities to advance technical research and reach out to students to tell the forging story. See FIERF 20-20 Plan for details.


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Scholarship Applications Open
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 metallurgical, materials, mechanical, chemical, computer, electrical or industrial 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 170 students have received scholarships. 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. 


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Forging Industry Association's Annual Statistical Survey Due 

How did your 2014 orders and shipments compare to the industry... by dollars, weight, material and forging process? What markets were hot and which were not? Do you need another tool in helping you create your business plan for the forthcoming months/year?

FIA recently mailed/e-mailed member and non-member forgers the confidential Annual questionnaire for FIA's 2014 Orders & Shipments Market Report. Completing this form will answer these and many other questions about the economic condition of the North American forging industry. This is information available ONLY from FIA, with the final report available FREE to participating companies only.

All Survey questionnaires are coded for confidentiality of data. Only FIA staff can identify the data source, and then internally compiles the information to obtain report results. Your data is never compromised.

The Forging Industry Association has been collecting this information annually for over 50 years. The final reports will be distributed in aggregate (total) form only -- combining the information provided by you and hundreds of other forge shops across North America.

We ask that all forms be returned this month.


Participating FIA Members supplying 2014 Market data are automatically entitled to receive the 2015 Market Forecast at NO CHARGE. Participating non-members may receive this report at a substantial discount.

FIA hired an internationally-recognized economics firm (IHS Global Insight) to assemble this market forecast. And not just a broad overview using best guesses based on macroeconomics, but a mathematically and economically sound forecast based on forging industry metrics, past industry performance, real industry numbers and proven economic indicators.

For more information on the Forecast service, click here. For a small sample of one portion of the report, visit www.forging.org/forecastsample.


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eighteen New Forge Fair App for your Mobile Device 

Forge Fair Attendees, download your free Forge Fair 2015 app to your phone or mobile device. Simply go to your Apple or Android Play Store and download the free app by searching for Forge Fair 2015.


Use your mobile app to build your meeting plan prior to walking into the show room, search for exhibitors, messages and make appointments with exhibitors and other attendees, keep in touch with the latest Forge Fair updates and announcements.

  • Presentations: Search Presentation Schedules- View presentation topics and abstracts.
  • Exhibitors: Search Exhibitors by Name- View a complete list of company contact information and products and services offered.
  • Attendees: View and search a complete list of all show attendees and exhibitor personnel with contact information.
  • Announcements: View announcements to check for any new show updates sent by FIA.
  • Information: View event location information, driving directions, and official hotel accommodations.
  • My Meeting: Build your profile, schedule your events and appointments, leave messages for other attendees, and build a contact list
  • Around Here: View and search for local restaurants, attractions, shopping, transportation and emergency information.
Click for more information


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First Line Supervisory Development Seminar March 3-5, 2015 SOLD OUT 

FIA will be offering another class in the fall, if you would like to reserve your seat now, please contact George at: [email protected] 


A three-day Seminar focusing on the continued development of your organization's first line supervisors by enhancing their skills in the following areas:

  • Leadership and Relationship-building;
  • Effective Communication (verbal and non-verbal);
  • Use of Interpersonal Problem-Solving Tools;
  • Coaching for Performance Improvement;
  • Personal Development and Self-Actualization;
  • and Much More.
Click to view/print Seminar Program

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Forge Fair Attendee Registration Now Open 
Forge Fair 2015 is building up to be the largest Forge Fair ever, with over 50% increase in exhibitor square footage and over 21% increase in the number of exhibitors. Forge Fair is THE largest forging specific trade show in the world and is only offered every two years. DON'T MISS IT!!!


Click to view/print

  • Floor Plan
  • Search Exhibitors
  • Search Products
  • Search Exhibitor Presentation Schedule

Click to view/print Brochure

Click to register online

Click for hotel information. To receive the Forge Fair discounted rate register before March 21, 2015. Rooms are limited and offered on a first come basis.


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FIA Lobby Day 2015 

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]).


Hotel reservation information and registration form (click here)


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Plan to attend the FIA Annual Meeting, May 16-18, 2015, Tucson, AZ 

All FIA forging and supplier senior executives are encouraged to mark their calendars for the 2015 FIA Annual Meeting that will take place at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, in Tucson, AZ. The meeting will open the evening of May 16 with an informal reception and dinner overlooking the desert mountains and it will close the evening of May 18 with the Annual Meeting Reception and Banquet.

This year's agenda will target issues of interest and concern to all members, but will feature the husband and wife team of former Arizona Congresswoman Gabby Giffords and Astronaut Mark Kelly - Tucson's pride and joy - who, through a remarkable series of events, taught the country the meaning of hope, courage and resilience. The Meeting will also include a presentation from David Pottruck, former CEO of Charles Schwab, on leading breakthrough change within your organization. Other topics of interest include:


*             The Global Energy Market Outlook

*             Recent Updates & Changes in Labor Law

*             Global Realities Over the Next Ten Years

*             2015 Economic Forecast

*             New Forging Industry Scholarship Programs 


In addition, the annual FIA Safety Awards will be presented.

We look forward to seeing you in Tucson this May 16. Look for more information and registration materials later this month.

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Theory & Applications of Forging & Die Design - June 8-11, 2015, Cleveland 

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 2,500 + forging employees who have already attended this course.


This will be the only offering of this program in 2015. Class size is limited, (last year's class filled up early, leaving many closed out), please don't wait to register.


Click to view/print School Brochure


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FDMC Forging Design Seminar offered in Rolling Meadows, March 10th, 2015  

This course provides a basic understanding of forging processes, equipment, and materials as well as briefly covers forging design, material properties, and the optimum utilization of forgings in critical service applications. A handout prepared by FDMC will be provided to each student.

Following topics will be discussed:


Introduction Modules

-          Introduction/Overview

-          Forging Operations

-          Forging Equipment

-          Forging Precision

-          Forging Materials


Design Modules

-          Metals 101

-          Grain Flow

-          Parting Line

-          Draft

-          Corners & Radii

-          Forging Features


Commercial Modules

-          Forging Cost

-          Forging Capability

-          Competitive Processes


Quality Modules

-          Forging Defects

-          Dimensioning & Tolerancing

-          Non-Destructive Testing

-          Mechanical Testing

Click here for more information
International Conference on Advances in Metallurgy of Long and Forged Products   
Please mark your calendars for the upcoming International Conference on Advances in Metallurgy of Long and Forged Products July 12-15, 2015 at the Vail Mountain Resort, Vail Colorado.

Click here for more information