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CASTING A


SOLUTION FOR FOOTBALL?


Zuti Facemasks and Acra Cast are producing a new face mask for football helmets that looks cool and might help the sport reduce concussions.


BRIAN SANDALOW, ASSOCIATE EDITOR J


ohn Pizzuti was frustrated. T e founder of Zuti Facemasks, Pizzuti was trying to create a new football mask but running into problems. Using the conventional method of welding quarter- inch cold rolled steel, he was unable to achieve the look he wanted. Pizzuti wanted to add intricate designs to the mask but welding simply wouldn’t allow


him to do that. His mother, Pamela Pizzuti, had another idea. T e two sat down together and talked about the problems John was having. He laid out his issues with the designs and, as the cliché goes, this mother knew best. “She said to me, ‘Well, you need to change your method of manufacturing,’”


John Pizzuti recalled. “I said ‘What do you mean?’ She said, ‘Well, there’s other ways to shape and form steel, and if it’s taking you a long time and it’s very labor intensive, you don’t think you’re going to be able to turn a profi t because it’s taking you 30, 60 days to build one of these things, you need to change your method of manufacturing.’” Pizzuti listened to his mother, did his diligence and found investment cast- ing. Based in Birmingham, Michigan, Pizzuti searched the internet for local


Casting allows for intricate face mask designs.


Jul/Aug 2016 | METAL CASTING DESIGN & PURCHASING | 21


Photo courtesy of John Pizzuti.


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