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Thank You, Goodbye & Good Luck

our loyal readers of Metal Casting Design & Purchasing. I was lucky enough to be part of the team that started this magazine in 1999 (it was titled Engineered Casting Solutions back then). Our focus was serving a niche—buyers and designers of metal castings—that needed information on how to better source and design engineered metal components. T rough the years, we have grown our qualifi ed

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Goodbyes are always diffi cult. We all invest sweat equity in our professions. But I can leave knowing that the casting supply chain in North America is better than when we started this magazine. Thank you, goodbye and good luck.”

circulation tremendously and built a name for ourselves by being a resource to you. You have attended our summits and trade shows, you have participated in our casting competition, and you have submitted articles and ideas to help educate your peers. You have helped to build a community of buyers and designers looking to support a casting supply chain. T at was our dream when we started the magazine and you are helping us fulfi ll that dream. Goodbyes are always diffi cult. We all invest

sweat equity in our professions. But I can leave knowing the casting supply chain in North America is better than when we started this


t is with a heavy heart that I pen this last editorial for Metal Casting Design & Purchasing. By the time you read this column, I will have left the magazine to pursue a new career. After 19 years in metalcasting, a new challenge awaits me. So let me start by thanking you,

magazine. T ere is greater communication, an increase in education and knowledge exchange, and a stronger appreciation for local sourcing. T e basic foundation of a magazine is the strength of the information it shares, and Metal Casting Design & Purchasing shines in that exchange. But the advancement of the supply chain

is not done. Everyone is always looking to do things better, faster and stronger. Additive manufacturing is changing the way all manufacturing conducts business. Metalcasting has been one of the early and signifi cant adopters of this technology from its fi rst appearances in the 1990s to its full development today. New technologies and processes await to steal the headlines as the wave of the future. To those of you battling in the trenches every

day, I truly wish you good luck. Manufacturing is the backbone of our economy and our soc iety. T e next generation is beginning to understand that fact. And metal castings serve as the foundation of most manufacturing. Be proud of who you are and what you

accomplish every day. Creating and building incredible machinery is an awesome accomplishment. T ank you, goodbye and good luck.

Alfred Spada, Publisher/Editor-in-Chief

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