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INDUSTRY FACES


Patternmaker Sees Potential in Mentoring It’s been nearly 15 years since


Dave Rittmeyer finished his five-year patternmaking apprenticeship with Hoosier Pattern Inc., Decatur, Ind. Progressing from apprentice to shop supervisor to his current position as customer care additive manufactur- ing manager, he has seen changes in patternmaking and the metalcasting industry as a whole. One troubling


trend: the number of patternmakers has decreased. Whether due to consolidation within the metalcasting industry or shifting economic conditions, many metalcasters and pattern shops are hav- ing trouble finding qualified, capable individuals. To combat this growing concern, Rittmeyer was a founding member of the Adams Wells Manu-


facturing Alliance. Te group brings together manufacturers, educators and community leaders in the Decatur area for monthly meetings to work toward improving technical training for skilled trades at the high school level. “Tere are many great careers and


opportunities available in pattern shops and even machine shops, but we haven’t done the best job of promoting


PERSONALS Jesse Fluck has joined Spring City


Electrical Manufacturing Co., Spring City, Pa., as its vice president of manu- facturing to align manufacturing goals with engineering and sales. Stauff Corp., Waldwick, N.J., a supplier of hydraulics accessories, has announced Mario Miranda as the new managing director of Stauff Brazil. Te Foundry Educational Founda-


tion (FEF) announced Brian Lewis will be its new executive director. Bill Sorensen, who has been FEF executive director since 1983, will remain with the organization in an advisory role through April 2015. Tinker Omega Man-


Dan Williams


ufacturing, Springfield, Ohio, announced Dan


Williams as its new service manager. Te Systems


Group, El Do- rado, Ark., named Lee Morgan as its new president, where he will oversee Systems Con- tracting Corp., Ameri- can Steel Company and Systems Spray- Cooled Inc.


OBITUARIES Albert Roth died Dec. 13, 2014. He


was 85. Roth was a sales executive and later a manufacturer’s representative for Toshiba Machine Co., Elk Grove Village, Ill. He was a long-time member of the Society of Die Casting Engineers (now NADCA), serving for a time as chair of the Los Ange- les chapter.


14 | MODERN CASTING January 2015


Lee Morgan


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