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February 2016 Quick Read Newsletter
Help Secure the Future of Forging by Participating in Lobby Day
 
Registration is now open for Lobby Day, FIA's annual fly-in meeting with elected officials and their key staff members in Washington. This year's Lobby Day event will be held April 13-14 with FIA lobbyist The Laurin Baker Group.
 
Your participation in the legislative process is crucial in this election year. To help secure the future of the forging industry, register for Lobby Day by March 11 by completing the registration form available at forging.org/events/lobby-day


U.S. Supreme Court Halts Administration's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Regulations

On Feb. 9, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a "stay" for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA's) "Clean Power Plan" rule regulating greenhouse gas emissions from new and existing coal-fired power plants. This means that EPA can do nothing to implement the regulations until all the litigation brought against it by states and business organizations is decided. That litigation is being decided on an expedited timeframe and will very likely be decided by the Supreme Court as well. 

Forgers and other energy-intensive manufacturers have been extremely concerned about the potential that they would become "regulated entities" if the rule is implemented. FIA has been actively engaged in the Partnership for a Better Energy Future (PBEF), led by the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. NAM and the Chamber are leading members of the legal team that filed suit against the plan and achieved the "stay."  

Don't Miss Out on Vital Information Found in FIA Statistic Reports

It is not too late for FIA forging members and non-members to participate in FIA's Annual Industry Statistic Reports. These reports offer "big picture" data that is not available anywhere else, and all it takes to access them is your participation.
If you have not submitted your survey, please do so as soon as possible.
 
FIA member producers and non-member organizations should have received the 2015 FIA Forging Sales Survey of Orders, Shipments and End Use Markets via email and mail in January. This survey is important because it helps FIA compile an accurate overview of the products, shipments and tonnage produced by North American forgers during the past year, and which markets they serve. Forging producers who participate in this survey will receive a copy of the final report at no charge. The final report will be available in April, so participants can better plan for 2016 and beyond.
 
Contact Mary Ann Foote, FIA senior analyst-information technology & statistics, at maryann@forging.org or 216-781-6260 with any questions. Read more and download the required forms at forging.org/forging-industry-association's-2015-annual-statistical-survey
Report on Lightweight Forgings for Heavy-Duty Vehicles Now Available
 
Professor Gracious Ngaile and students at North Carolina State University are investigating innovative forging techniques and material substitutions that reduce the weight of forged parts in heavy-duty vehicles. The project is jointly sponsored by the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation (FIERF) and American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI). 
 
Their report includes a survey of forged components used in powertrain, chassis, and suspension systems, and identifies families of parts with high potential for weight reduction. It is available now at forging.org/producers-and-suppliers/Light-Weighting
Occupational Injury and Illness Survey is Open!

FIA's 2015 Occupational Injury and Illness Survey, via dynamic benchmarking, is now open. Forging producer members: you should have received your invitation and links to the platform to enter your data. The benchmarking platform is the way to get the information you need, when you need it the most. Please plan to participate.

FIA's dynamic benchmarking online survey platform enables participants to enter their OSHA 300 log information in 10 minutes or less. The platform allows users to:
  • Receive forging industry specific data. This data is available only through your participation.
  • Become eligible for Safety Awards! Survey participants who enter their data before Feb. 29, 2016, and meet certain requirements will become eligible for FIA Safety Awards.
  • Enter data 24/7. Survey participants may complete their entries in more than one sitting.
  • Create customized, comprehensive reporting based on your individual criteria.
  • Compare year-to-year results for multiyear participants.
Begin your survey today by logging in at www.forging.org/benchmarking.

Benchmarking is a benefit available to forging companies as a part of FIA membership. Contact the FIA benchmarking team at benchmarking@forging.org for more information.
Forging Members: Here's Your Opportunity to Provide Feedback About FIA's Benchmarking Platform
 
FIA has partnered with Dynamic Benchmarking to bring its benchmarking platform to you. We would like to learn which aspects of the platform are performing well, and specifically how Dynamic Benchmarking and FIA can improve the platform for future use.
 
If you have participated in FIA Benchmarking in the past year, you are invited to participate. The survey has nine questions and should take you five to 10 minutes to complete. Your responses will be kept strictly confidential. The collected data will be reported in aggregate only, and your individual responses will not be shared.
 
To thank you for participating, Dynamic Benchmarking will conduct a drawing for an iPad mini, which will be given to one survey participant at the end of the process. If you would like to be entered in the drawing, you may choose to provide your name and email address. You may also participate anonymously. Please complete the survey by Feb. 18.
 
The link to take the survey and enter to win an iPad mini is available by contacting FIA's Benchmarking team at benchmarking@forging.org.
Scholarships Available for University Students


Applications for the Charles W. Finkl and Forging Industry Women's Scholarships are now available. The Charles W. Finkl Scholarship application can be downloaded at sms.scholarshipamerica.org/forging/, while the Forging Industry Women's Scholarship application is available at sms.scholarshipamerica.org/forgingw/.
 
Applicants with a connection to the forging industry are given first consideration, so please pass these links along to your employees, summer interns and co-op students. The deadline for all materials to be received is April 15, 2016. Recipients will be announced in June.
 
Forging Industry Women's Scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded to graduate and undergraduate students attending two- or four-year colleges or universities in the fields of engineering, business or a comparable area of study.
 
Charles W. Finkl Scholarships are awarded to college sophomores majoring in metallurgical, materials, chemical, computer, electrical or industrial engineering at accredited four-year colleges or universities. Awards are $2,000 in the junior year and an additional $2,000 in the senior year if the student remains eligible.
Mike DiLorenzo Joins FIA Staff
 
FIA has named Mike DiLorenzo as its meetings and training manager. In this position, Mike will be responsible for planning and executing all FIA events, including Forge Fair, the Annual and Fall Meetings of Members, training workshops and committee meetings.
 
Mike joined FIA on Dec.1, 2015, after spending three years at Simpson Communications, a public relations agency representing various organizations within the transportation industry. While at Simpson Communications, Mike worked closely with two trade association clients: NTEA - The Association for the Work Truck Industry, which produces The Work Truck Show, and the Automotive Lift Institute.
 
Mike's previous trade association experience also includes five years serving as communications manager for the Lake Erie Marine Trades Association, where he co-produced the Mid-America Boat Show at the I-X Center in Cleveland, the North American In-Water Boat Show at Cedar Point, and several other boating events.  Mike earned a bachelor's degree in journalism with a specialization in public relations from Ohio University.
Learn the Latest News from the Association of Indian Forging Industry
 
Click here to view Focus, Issue 1, 2016, from the Association of Indian Forging Industry. This issue of Focus includes topics ranging from increasing tool and die life, promoting growth in India and a review of the effects of crude oil and natural gas in India.
Time to Plan for Graduates and Summer Interns
 
Scholarship, magnet school and research project students are interested in working at YOUR company! 
 
Students continuing their education are interested in internships, and graduates are looking for their first full-time positions. Don't miss the opportunity to add these men and women to your teams. Contact Karen Lewis, FIERF executive director, at 216-781-5040 or karen@forging.org to match your needs to their skill sets. FIA Members can post internship positions at no cost on the Forging Career Center at careers.forging.org/employers and receive discounts for full-time position openings.
 
FIA's Industry Internship Programs guide provides tips for developing a successful internship program. It can be downloaded at forging.org/system/files/public/PDF/Internship_How-to_Rev2015.pdf

For more information about any of these items, visit forging.org

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