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AFS Hosts 400 at Manufacturing Day Open House On Friday, October 2, AFS hosted more than 400 students


“ I’m very satisfi ed with my


long-term print advertising program in MCDP—it’s the only advertising I do. It gives me great visibility and name recognition, both with existing customers and with new ones. And the steady fl ow of new business it brings in easily justifi es the investment.





Kevin Evers President St. Louis Precision Casting


and adults at its 2nd Annual Manufacturing Day event. During the day, AFS conducted Foundry in a Box demonstrations, dis- cussions with metalcasting companies about career opportuni- ties and a metalcasting trivia contest. It also received a procla- mation from Illinois Lieutenant Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti. AFS utilized 3-D-printed scratch molds for participants to make their own casting. Donated by the University of North- ern Iowa and its Metal Casting Center, 400 scratch molds were used to provide each participant the chance to make their own casting to take home. AFS is one of 21 national sponsors of National Manufa-


turing Day, which is an annual event meant to inspire and ed- ucate the next generation of manufacturers. In eff orts to grow the event over 2014, AFS invited several companies from the industry to talk with students about career opportunities in metalcasting. Magma Foundry Technologies, Schaumburg, Ill.; Alu-Bra Foundry, Bensenville, Ill.; General Kinemat- ics, Crystal Lake, Ill.; and Hunter Foundry Machinery Corp. Schaumburg, Ill., participated with booths at the open house and answered questions about the metalcasting industry. AFS welcomed Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti,


who delivered a proclamation from Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner announcing October 2015 as Illinois Manufactur- ing Month. Sanguinetti declared her support for legislation to make it easier for metalcasters and small businesses to do business within the state. She also participated in Foundry in a Box and poured her own metal casting. Coinciding with Manufacturing Day, AFS launched a


new website and magazine focused on providing resources to teachers and students seeking to fi nd out more about the industry, including general industry statistics, career path- ways, college and scholarship information and multimedia tools. Deemed “Melting Point,” the magazine and website (meltingpoint.afsinc.org) is the fi rst endeavor developed from the ground up solely for the purpose of reaching the youth of North America in order to inform, encourage and excite students to consider careers in metalcasting.


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Joe Costabile, Hickman Williams & Co., helps Illinois Lt. Governor Evelyn Sanguinetti make her own casting with Foundry in a Box.


54 | MODERN CASTING November 2015


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