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INDUSTRY NEWS AFS Announces Addition of New Vice President


Te American Foundry Society (AFS) announced it has hired Richard K. Jefferson as its vice president of mar- keting and communications. Jefferson started with AFS on Jan. 16. “Richard Jefferson brings a strong


background in communications and marketing and a longstanding commit- ment to manufacturing competitiveness,” said Doug Kurkul, the CEO of AFS. “He will play a key role in helping us advance the three pillars of the AFS vi- sion—Advocate. Educate. Innovate.” Jefferson has had a successful


career in publications, associations, public relations for law firms, new media and video, and journalism that spans more than two decades. He has significant experience in equipment manufacturing with the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), equipment management with the Association of Equipment Manage- ment Professionals (AEMP) and trade shows, CONEXPO-CON/AGG and ICUEE. Jefferson also has worked in the federal government in Washing- ton, D.C., and a state government on the East Coast. “I am excited about joining the AFS


PERSONALS Seco Vacuum Technologies LLC


(Meadville, Pennsylvania) announced the appointment of William Warwick to the position of vice president–sales.


CFD-Based Fluid Flow Analysis OBITUARIES Michael John Tahy died January


10, 2017. He was 83. Tahy worked in the General Motors metalcast- ing operation, and was a retired plant manager for GM’s Central Foundry Division. He served as Detroit- Windsor AFS chapter chairman in 1984-1985. Donald W. Dahlke died June 17,


2016. He was 85. Dahlke was the retired vice president of corporate affairs for Maynard Steel Casting Company (Mil- waukee), where he worked for 34 years. Dahlke was a member of AFS and served as chairman of the Wisconsin chapter in 1973-74.


team and the opportunities in advocat- ing for the industry,” Jefferson said. “Tanks to the metalcasting industry, we have machinery that builds our roads, powers our homes and business- es, makes the car engines we depend on for work and play, and so much more.” Jefferson will oversee the marketing


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