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to change company culture to achieve world class safety. Gardner Carrick, National Association of Manufactur- ers, discussed employment trends and the latest statistics on hiring and how they will aff ect metalcasting compa- nies in coming years. On April 23, AFS held its an- nual business meeting in which the society welcomed its new Offi cers and Board of Directors class. T e new AFS presidential line now consists of AFS President Bruce Dienst, Simpson Technologies, AFS Vice President Jeff Cook, Eagle Alloy, and AFS Second Vice President Patricio Gil, Blackhawk de Mexico. Chris Norch, Denison Industries, now serves as the AFS Immediate Past President. AFS presented several industry


awards during Metalcasting Con- gress, including the industry’s top honor, the AFS Gold Medal, pre- sented to Richard Gundlach, senior metallurgical engineer, Element Materials Technology, Wixom, Mich., and David Weiss, vice president engineering/R&D, Eck Industries, Inc., Manitowoc, Wis. Gundlach received the Joseph S.


Seaman Gold Medal for influential research on the structure-property relationships in gray, ductile iron and white cast irons, as well as Al-Si alloys, and the transfer of the result- ing technical information to the metalcasting industry. Weiss received the John A.


Penton Gold Medal for pioneering work and willingness to explore new technologies in aluminum, magne- sium and metal matrix composite alloys, and leadership within AFS, USCAR, and the premium alumi- num casting industry. T e Michael J. Trzecinski CMI


Award went to Michael Barstow, owner, Foundry Consulting, for his exceptional contributions to the AFS Institute as an instructor and member of its faculty. The AFS Awards of Scientific


Merit are presented for outstanding technical papers, meritorious techni- cal contributions or services and/or the development of a new process,


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Richard Gundlach, Element Materials Technology (left photo), and David Weiss, Eck Indus- tries (right photo), receive gold medal awards from Paul Mikkola, representing the AFS Awards Committee.


production method or engineering advancement having future possi-


bilities. This year’s recipients were: • Jim Furness, president, Fur-


ness-Newburge, Inc., Versailles, Ky., for scientific contributions to the metalcasting industry in the area of pollution control and


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