HALL OF HONOR R.S. BANISTER
2019 Hall of Honor Inductees Leaders in the Investment Casting Industry
our individuals were inducted into the Investment Casting Institute Hall of Honor this past October at the
ICI’s 66th Annual Technical Conference & Exposition in St. Louis, MO.
Hall of Honor was created to recognize persons who have made significant contributions in the investment casting industry and to the Investment Casting Institute.
In addition to the personal
recognition that is made at the technical conference with the presentation of the Hall of Honor trophy, the ICI maintains a perpetual plaque noting individuals as they are inducted.
and Industry. Hall of Honor induction ceremonies will be held annually at the annual Fall Technical Conference. To be considered eligible for nomination to the Hall of Honor, prospective candidates must have spent a minimum of 15 years working in
the industry. Nominees may be
retired, deceased or currently working in the industry and must have made significant contributions to the industry, the community in which the industry operates and to the Investment Casting Institute. To nominate a candidate, please
The Hall of
Honor plaque was on display at the ICI Technical Conference in the Expo Hall and for the rest of the year, proudly displayed at the Institute’s office. The Hall of Honor committee wishes
to thank everyone who has submitted a nomination. Committee Members are Doug Neece, Nipendra (Nip) Singh, Doug Kovatch,
Perry, and Russ Gallagher.
Eligibility Awards may be made posthumously and encompass two categories: Technology
Joseph Fritz, Michael
review the Hall of Honor Guidelines as posted on the Institute’s website.
Nomination Form must be completed, and seconded, for each nominee by third parties from two different Member companies.
Completed entries must be received
by the Investment Casting Institute by March 31st of any given year to be considered for that year’s award program.
Entries received after March
31st will be held for consideration in the following year. The Institute would like to thank Aristo-Cast, Inc. for casting the awards.
KERMIT BUNTROCK When starting his company in Chicago in 1973, Kermit Buntrock had a goal to serve the needs of the precision investment casting industry. Throughout the years, the company has grown in international prominence, but he has remained true to that goal, as is exemplified by his many contributions to the industry. As a technologist, Buntrock holds
numerous patents having developed a variety of shelling systems to enhance productivity and promote product quality. He developed the Red & Blue Binder System for aluminum, which chemically sets, not requiring long periods of air drying between coats and
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ROBERT BARBERO KENNETH M. BARTLETT HENRY BIDWELL L.E. BROOKS
KERMIT BUNTROCK JAMES BYRNE
WALTER A. DUBOVICK R. GREENBAUM R.D. GUMBERT BARRY HADLEY KEN HARRIS HANK HARVEY
MEACHAM HITCHCOCK ROBERT ANDREW HORTON JAMES D. JACKSON TED KLEMP
WALTER “TERRY” LUTZ, JR. GEORGE MURI
THEODORE OPERHALL E.H. PARRIS Y. PESSEL
BRUCE S. PHIPPS S. PRESTON
S.J. SINDEAWBAND NIPENDRA “NIP” SINGH JERRY SNOW
K.W. THOMPSON STUART URAM FRANK VALENTA R. WAINDLE C.H. WATTS
A.C. WILLIAMS RON WILLIAMS J. YATES
JACK ZIEMBA Z.N. ZIRN
the Fibercote Shell System, which affords foundries the opportunity to reduce the number of dips. He is also credited with the development of yttria and zirconia binder systems for casting reactive alloys with minimal alpha case. Buntrock is a long-time supporter of the ICI and its mission.
developed and presented nearly a dozen technical papers as well as having written a number of articles for INCAST Magazine. He currently conducts the Autoclave Dewax portion of the Industry Certification Course at Pittsburg State, and has donated time and financial resources to the University in support of their investment casting program.
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