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Industry Gathers for Learning, Networking


Close to 2,220 members of the metalcasting industry convened in April to visit with peers, attend technical presentations and meet with exhibitors.


A MODERN CASTING STAFF REPORT


and 235 exhibiting companies represent- ing the metalcasting supply chain. Te annual show, held every spring, features technical sessions, table-top exhibition, award ceremonies, lectures and net- working activities that all promote the advancement of the metalcasting industry. Te technical program featured


T he 119th Metalcasting Con-


gress returned to Columbus, Ohio, April 21-23, drawing more than 2,300 attendees


presentations on current industry research projects as well as practical panels on metalcasting operations. Te AFS Presi- dent’s session included two presenters. Safety specialist Bill Koepnick provided a detailed program on how to change com- pany culture to achieve world class safety. Gardner Carrick, National Association of Manufacturers, discussed employment trends and the latest statistics on hiring and how they will affect metalcasting companies in coming years.


On April 23, AFS held its annual business meeting in which the society welcomed its new Officers and Board of Directors class. Te 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


Attendees make castings on the Metalcasting Congress show floor as part of the Foundry in a Box demo sponsored by AFS Saginaw Valley Chapter. May 2015 MODERN CASTING | 35


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