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SOCIAL MEDIA DISCUSSION Are Casters Receptive to Working With Consultants?

On the Foundry and Diecaster Network on LinkedIn, a member asked, “In your opin- ion, are metalcasting facilities receptive to working with consultants? Did you have good or bad experiences with consultants?” Below are excerpts of some of the discussion points:

“No , I would say that metalcasting facilities are not receptive to working with consultants as they are so process specifi c that they are afraid of anything that might interfere with their processes, even if it is shown to save time or money. For the most part, it is, ‘this is the way we have always done it and that is the way we will always do it.’ Many times consultants have ‘proven’ projects in the name of personal rewards, leaving the plant to pick up the pieces. It becomes a push-pull battle. In the end, it is trust and relationship building that will have to prove the way.” —Michael S.

“At what point the facility thinks it needs a consultant is an interesting question. With a lot of money managers buying facilities at the top of the cycle and then having to endure the economic slide down the cyclical curve, the urge to bring in

a consultant to review things is natural.”—Tim B. Join the discussion. Visit for a link to the Foundry and Diecaster Network.

Editor’s Note: MODERN CASTING does not necessarily endorse the views expressed in the discussion.

POLL QUESTION The January website question asked: Have you used a

casting broker to address the needs of a customer— whether it was to provide additional volume, a metal or process not available in your own casting facility, or to use a more localized resource?

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91% NO

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MULTIMEDIA Casting With a Conscience

While hunting for a business management book to review for my next Novel Solutions column, I came across “Conscious Capi- talism” by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia about businesses working toward a goal of making money as well as providing a higher good for society. I was about to brush it off for being touchy-feely, when several instances of metalcasting companies practicing conscious capitalism came effortlessly to mind. The book cites Whole Foods and Patagonia, but less trendy names in our realm of the universe are just as up to speed.

From Bremen Casting Inc.’s onsite health clinic to Sivyer Steel’s “Go- ing Green Initiative” to EMSCO’s recognition for supporting a Naval Reservist employee, examples of companies in the metalcasting industry acting not just on an eco- nomic level but on a humanitarian level abound. In visits to plants throughout the year, I find busi- nesses that are committed to em- ployee safety and health, serious about reducing their environmental footprint and eager to support their community.

When asked what makes their company successful, nine times out of ten, executives in this industry will answer, “The people.” It seems cliché, but it’s that belief that buoys a company’s conscious policies. It is touchy-feely, but maybe that’s a necessary part of capitalism.

I haven’t read the book yet, but I did buy it. I wonder how the metalcast- ing industry will stack up.

— Shannon. Wetzel, Senior Editor February 2013 MODERN CASTING | 5

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