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FIA- November 2015 Quick Read 
Benefits and Compensation Data at your fingertips!

Wondering how you compare with your peers in the forging industry? your company's sales range or employee range?  REPORTING is now OPEN for FIA's 2015 Compensation & Benefits benchmarking.  Now with the dynamic ability to customize charts and reports, you can see how you measure up with peers in just a few clicks.  The charts below show how a sample company's 2014 and 2015 Benefit Costs as a Percent of Total Benefits Costs compare with the average plant.  Both years' full information can be customized to filter and compare your plant to companies within a specific company sales size range, size range of employees, region of North America... and more.   The platform is d esigned with the user in mind with easy navigation, comprehensive data and customizable data filters.  Information like this is an indispensable tool for making strategic human resource decisions including annual reviews, contract negotiations and hiring practices. 

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Members get the most up-to-date benchmarking information when they want it, and more importantly, when they really need it!  That's been our goal, and the reason forging members now have a platform providing the ability to enter and compare data in real-time as well as customizing charts and reports to download any time, any day of the year. 
Want more?  FIA forging company members - view Reports/Charts by logging in HERE.  Haven't entered company data yet?  Being to benchmark your company now HERE.
Intrigued and have questions or want more information?  Contact FIA's Benchmarking team at  
2015 Occupational Injury and Illness Survey Opening Soon!

On January 4, 2016, forging producer members are invited to participate in the 2015 Occupational Injury and Illness Survey. 

This survey asks member producer c ompanies to enter their OSHA 300 log information to the survey platform and takes less than 10 minutes to complete! 

Dynamic Benchmarking is our secure web based survey platform that allows users to:
  • Receive forging industry specific data. This data is available only through your participation.                                                                                                                                                                 
  • Receive Safety Awards!  Participants that enter their data before February 29, 2016 and meet safety requirements are eligible for the FIA Annual Safety Awards.                                                                                                                  
  • Access 24/7- allowing for flexible data entry in more than one sitting.                                                     
  • Create customized and comprehensive reporting based on your filtered criteria.                                                                                                                         
  • View comparison to your previous year(s) information (provided you participated).
For more information on how your company can participate please contact the benchmarking team at
Save the Date!  The 31
st Forging Industry Technical Conference to be held September 19-20, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

This conference is designed to showcase the best in forging technology with a diversity of presentations of interest to different processes, materials, and end-use markets; Report out FIERF funded research and industry collaborative group results; Provide a forum for students and professors to present their forging research; and provide a networking opportunity between industry, academia and research partners.

Who should attend?  Forging industry CEOs, plant managers, technology directors and managers, plant and chief engineers, engineering managers, metallurgists, professors and principals from the research and associated government agencies are encouraged to attend this conference.

2014 Technical Conference
Plymouth, MI

Now Accepting Applications for MDI 2016

FIA is now accepting applicants for the second class of its Management Development Institute (MDI). This program helps middle managers learn practical skills and strategies, including: planning strategy and business models; objective setting, delegation and time management; effective business communication; industrial markets, marketing and sales; managing and developing your human resources; business law - contracts, terms and conditions; financial management and non-routine decision making; negotiations when developing and managing the supply chain; and professional development and networking in the forging industry.

The MDI consists of three multi-day sessions during which attendees learn through lectures, case studies, round-table discussions, expert panels and guest speakers. 

If you would like to learn more about MDI or to apply, please click here.  If you need further information, please contact Roy Hardy (

Industry Nominating Committee

The best organizations are only as good as their leadership, and the Forging Industry Association (FIA) and the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation (FIERF) are no exceptions to this rule.  FIA and FIERF have been very fortunate through the years that industry leaders have consistently stepped up and volunteered their time and talents to serve on these two Boards.  This altruism provides the guidance and direction that has allowed FIA and FIERF to consistently provide the services our members need.

FIA's Nominating Committee will meet in January 2016 to select and nominate a slate of nominees to the FIA Board of Directors and FIERF Board of Trustees for election at the Annual Meeting of Members in May 2016.

Elected Directors and Trustees will serve three year terms through the Annual Meeting of Members in 2019.  Candidates from both FIA forging and supplier member companies are eligible and will be considered for either Board- subject to the following guidelines, qualifications, and preferences.

FIA Board of Directors provides operating policy and direction to the Association  and its activities which support FIA's purpose and mission- "To improve member's global competitiveness".  FIA activities are accomplished by committee, staff, and member groups through defined, measurable objectives relating to industry marketing, information, public policy, and technology matters relevant to the forging industry and of interest to FIA members.  Director candidates are CEO or senior managers who are versed in business operations and strategic planning, motivated to participate and lead in industry-representative peer-group effort, and are able/willing to commit to 3 meeting days per year.

FIERF Board of Trustees  sets direction for and participates in small working groups to plan and implement highly focused activities relating to technology, education, and fundraising matters toward furthering the competitiveness of the forging industry.  Trustee candidates should be well versed in either business or technical planning skills, interested in developing long term programs and solutions to these enduring industry challenges, and are able/willing to commit to 4 meeting days per year.

FIA members whom are interested in serving on either Board, or whom would like to recommend a candidate for consideration by nominating committee, may inquire for more information by contacting President Roy W. Hardy (
In Memoriam

It is with sadness that we share the news of Fred Specht's passing. Fred was known in the industry as an expert/guru of all items induction with over 40 years of experience. Fred was recently promoted to the Vice President of Sales, North America for Interpower Induction  USA and was previously with Ajax-TOCCO Magnethermic Corporation.  

Fred was an active member of the FIA Technical Committee and taught industry seminars for both the FIA and ASM International.  He will be missed. Our condolences to Fred's family and friends. 

U.S. Government Releases full text of Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Trade Agreement.

Please review the links below to learn more about the TPP and how it could impact your company.
  1. General fact sheet from the Administration on the benefits of TPP              
    • Click Here for fact sheet                                                                             
  2. Table of Contents with all Tariff Elimination Scheduled by Country                    
    • Click Here for table of contents                                                                               
      HTS Chapter 73-articles of iron and steel 
      HTS Chapter 75-nickel and articles of nickel
      HTS Chapter 76-aluminum and articles of aluminum 
      Chapter 81 - Titanium, article NESOI (not elsewhere specified or indicated)
      HTS Chapter 87-vehicles
      HTS Chapter 88-aircraft                                                                               
      Note:  EIF means "Entry into Force", i.e., the date the agreement takes effect.  Other timelines listed for certain countries like "B4" have a multi-year phase-in schedule specified in the agreement.
  3. Rules of Origin and Build up/Build Down Definitions                                              
    • Click here for rules of origin.  This is worth reviewing for those who export.                                                                                                                       
  4.  U.S./Japan Auto Agreement                                                                                    
    • Click here to view information on separating the U.S./Auto agreement.
Happy Holidays!

As the holiday season approaches we would like to wish from our family to yours, the happiest of holiday's and a wonderful start to the New Year!

Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for the following 2016 FIA Sponsored Events:

Mechanical Press Maintenance Workshop
March 2-3, 2016
Cleveland, OH

Best Safety Practices Workshop
March 16, 2016
Cleveland, OH

2016 Annual Meeting of Members
April 30-May 2, 2016
Hilton Head, SC

Theory and Applications of Forging and Die Design
June 6-9, 2016
Cleveland, OH

2016 Forging Industry Technical Conference
September 19-20, 2016
Columbus, OH

2016 Marketing Workshop
October 3-5, 2016
San Antonio, TX

2016 Fall Meeting of Members
October 24-26, 2016
Charlotte , NC

First Line Supervisory Development Seminar
November 2016
Cleveland, OH
For more information on any of these items, and much more, 

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