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Tomas K. McCluhan died August 23, 2016. He was 82 and living in Ohio Township, Pennsylvania. McCluhan was the retired director of development for Elkem Metals Com- pany and was responsible for the development of specialty alloys for gray and ductile iron. McCluhan joined Union Car- bide’s metalcasting research and development team at Niagara Falls, New York, in 1956. When Elkem bought the business in 1981, McCluhan continued to manage the research and


ATEK Metal Technologies Inc., (New Hampton, Iowa) announced Mark Bradley has joined the organization as vice president of operations. Bradley is responsible for maximiz- ing ATEK’s casting and machining operational performance and driving future strategic initiatives. Ioannis Ioannidis is replacing Gabriele Galante as presi-

dent of CEMAFON, the European Foundry Equipment Suppliers Association, until the next general assembly. Eric Meyers Sr. was set to be honored for his 50 years of

service to Oil City Iron Works (Corsicana, Texas). voxeljet Systems announced it has named Christian

Träger its new sales director. Träger will head up the com- pany’s international sales team and be responsible for the global distribution of voxeljet’s 3-D printing systems in his capacity as sales director. Palmer Manufacturing & Supply Inc. (Springfield,

Ohio) announced that Richard Drogowski has been named vice president sales & service to accommodate growth and increasing market demand for its line of nobake foundry equipment. Drogowski has over 18 years of manufacturing experience in various product and sales leadership positions. Blast Cleaning Technologies (New Berlin, Wisconsin) announced that Rick Kempf has been hired as vice presi- dent of engineering. Rik Kohn is retiring after a 35-year career with the Fed-

eral Metal Company (Bedford, Ohio). Kohn joined Federal Metal in February 1981 and since that date has led the com- pany’s buying, trading, and sales departments. He has served as vice president of sales since 1995. Sioux City Foundry (Sioux City, Iowa) announced a

series of personnel moves. Mark Vestweber has been named structural fabrication division manager. Tim Hinrichsen has been promoted to project supervisor in the structural fabrication division. Todd Gehner has been tabbed senior draftsman in the structural fabrication division. Marcus Morehead has been promoted to estimating supervisor in the contract manufacturing division. Blasch Precision Ceramics (Albany, New York) has

named Corine Pettit their development engineer. She will be leading development and new material qualifica- tion projects.

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development of Elkem’s inoculants and nodulizers in Niagara Falls and later at Elkem’s Development Center in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. He retired from Elkem in 1994. Todd S. Farrar died August 22, 2016, in Manhattan,

Kansas. He was 41. Farrar was a member of AFS and in 2012 started his own sales company, Casting Ventures LLC. Prior to 2012, he was the chief operating officer of Farrar Corporation (Manhattan, Kansas).

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