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Bill Troland, Pioneer in Metalcasting Advertising, Passes Away Wilbur Wallace “Bill” Troland

died September 21, 2014, in Fair- field., Conn. He was 91. Troland is considered one of the most influ- ential individuals in metalcasting advertising and marketing, with his agency, Continental Communica- tions, a mainstay in the industry for more than 60 years. He helped guide metalcasting executives and foundry managers through ever-changing advertising trends and technologies. Additionally, Troland was instrumental in the American

Bill Troland

Foundry Society’s first major outreach efforts to buyers and designers of castings as he helped develop and launch the first Casting Source Directory in 1991. He then continued to serve as its lead marketing and advertising sales person

PERSONALS Thomas Musschoot

General Kinematics, Crystal Lake, Ill., announced the promotion of Tomas P. Muss- choot to president of the company succeed- ing William Acton, who will remain with the company as a member of the Board of Directors. Since

joining the company in 1999, Muss- choot has held various positions in marketing, production and sales, with his most recent post as vice president, North American sales. Eagle Alloy Inc., Muskegon,

OBITUARIES Chris Atkin died

Feb. 8, 2015. He was 72. Atkin was the president and general manager of Willman Industries Cedar Grove, Wis. A part of the team at the ductile iron cast- ing facility for more than 20 years, he was dedicated to his work and greatly involved in the industry. Prior to joining Willman, Atkin served as president of Meeha- nite Metal USA, Mequon, Wis., and

Chris Atkin

was an integral force in the found- ing and growth in popularity of the Meehanite process. William G. Walker Sr. died Dec.

28, 2014. He was 73. Walker founded Invest Cast Inc., Minneapolis, in 1981 and operated as its president and CEO until his retirement. Ralph V. Cacciutti died Feb. 24,

2015. He was 77. Cacciutti was the CEO and chairman of West Philadel- phia Bronze Corp., a bronze casting facility established in 1947 by his father and uncle. In 1986, Cacciutti cast an exact replica of the Liberty Bell

for Kobe, Japan, Philadelphia’s sister city. He also cast four bronze columns which are part of the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. Gerald L. Clancey died March

6, 2015. He was 70. Clancey worked for Wheeling-Pittsburgh Steel Corp., Pittsburgh, for 35 years. R. Bertran “Bert” Smith died

March 17, 2015. He was 87. Smith worked as a manufacturer representa- tive and founded Bert Smith Associates LLC, Pelham, Ala. He was a 50-year member of the Birmingham chapter of the American Foundry Society.

April 2015 MODERN CASTING | 15 Nic Tarzwell

Mich., has announced the promotions of Nic Tarzwell from quality control man- ager to vice president, technical director; Dave Fazakerly from plant manager to vice president of manufac- turing; and Jeff Cook from sales manager to vice president of sales and marketing. Spuncast Incor-

Jeff Cook

porated, Watertown, Wis., has promoted Kyle Reading to

president. Reading succeeds Don Payne, who will remain with the company as CEO. Reading joined the company in 2003 as controller and has been the vice presi- dent of finance/CFO since 2007. C.I. Hayes, St. Marys, Pa., recently

Kyle Reading

hired Paul Chamberlain as a sales engineer, and Mark Saline as general manager of Sinterite and C.I. Hayes. J.L. Becker Co., Plymouth, Mich., announced the hire of Eric Buchanan as a sales engineer.

until 1999 when he helped AFS launch Metal Casting Design & Pur- chasing (formerly Engineered Casting Solutions), the first trade magazine ever developed to educate buyers and designers on the benefits of metal castings. He then served as the head of marketing and advertising sales until he retired in 2007. “Bill was the visionary behind

AFS’s first venture into develop- ing a publication for casting buyers,” said Al Spada, vice president of business development, AFS. “He then helped AFS lead the charge with the development of Metal Casting Design & Purchasing. We wouldn’t have these successful publications without his tremendous dedication and effort.”

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