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awards during Metalcasting Congress, including the industry’s top honor, the AFS Gold Medal, presented to Rich- ard Gundlach, senior metallurgical engineer, Element Materials Technol- ogy, 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 al- loys, and the transfer of the resulting technical information to the met- alcasting industry. Weiss received the John A. Pen-


ton Gold Medal for pioneering work and willingness to explore new tech- nologies in aluminum, magnesium and metal matrix composite alloys, and leadership within AFS, USCAR, and the premium aluminum casting industry. Te 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. Te AFS Awards of Scientific Merit


are presented for outstanding technical papers, meritorious technical contribu- tions or services and/or the develop- ment of a new process, production method or engineering advancement having future possibilities. Tis 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 research and implementation of foundry systems.


• Torbjorn Skaland, technology director, Elkem ASA, Foundry Products, Kristiansand, Norway, for research on the solidification characteristics of ductile iron and developing a practical application of this research. Te AFS Service Citation is


presented to individuals who show outstanding general service to AFS, its chapters and the metalcasting industry.


Tis year’s recipients were: • Mike Jones, plant manager, Te Ford Meter Box Company, Inc., Wabash, Ind., for dedica- tion to the pursuit of continuous improvement in the metalcast- ing industry and for outstanding contributions to the promotion of low-lead copper alloys for potable water applications.


• Kevin McMahon, field ac- count manager, Elkem Metals Inc., Moon Township, Pa., for dedication to the mission of the American Foundry Society and Division 5 through outstanding contributions at the local and national level.


• Jerry Thiel, director, University of Northern Iowa, Metal Cast- ing Center, Cedar Falls, Iowa, for leadership and service to the


Sara Joyce, Badger Mining Corp., delivers the Hoyt Memorial lecture.


metalcasting industry as an edu- cator, member and chairman of the AFS Hawkeye Chapter, and Molding Methods and Materi- als Division.


At the President’s Brunch on April


23, Honda of America and Alotech Ltd. were recognized for winning the 2015 AFS/Metal Casting Design & Purchasing Casting of the Year with their lower front body, upper front body and rear body nodes for the Acura NSX.


Te AFS Millionaires Safety


Award was given to the following AFS Corporate Members for achiev- ing a million man-hours or more worked without incurring a lost time injury or illness during the calendar


year 2014. • Tyco Fire Protection Products, Anniston, Ala., for 3 million man hours (third award).


• ME Global Inc., Tempe, Ariz., for 2 million man hours.


• Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Company, Charlotte, N.C. for 1 million man hours (third award).


• Grede LLC. St. Cloud, St. Cloud, Minn., for 1 million man hours (fourth award).


• Grede Holding LLC. Iron Mountain Plant, Kingsford, Minn., for 1 million man hours (second award).


• Metal Technologies Inc. Auburn Casting Center, Auburn, Ind., for 1 million man hours.


A new award—the Corporate Con-


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


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tribution Award—was created this year to honor a company that has con-


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