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FIA- October 2015 Quick Read
Unit Drop Forge Celebrates 75 Years of Membership!
Congratulations to Unit Drop Forge on 75 years of membership with FIA!! Paul Spitz, Vice President of Sales, was presented with a commemorative blacksmith sculpture celebrating this milestone at the 2015 Fall Meeting of Members.

Unit Drop Forge was created in 1918 and is currently located in West Allis, Wisconsin. Unit Drop Forge "invests heavily in state-of-the art engineering systems, capital equipment, and organizational development.  They are committed to enhancing their position as the premier world-class manufacturer of high-quality closed-die forgings."

FIA thanks Unit Drop Forge for their continued dedication and support to the Association!  
Compensation & Benefits Reporting is OPEN
FIA forging company members can access 2015 compensation and benefits benchmarking reports and charts features that are now open.  Data entry can also be done on the platform - it is open every day throughout the year.  Compare yourself to the industry, companies in your company size range and region of the country.  Information like this is an indispensable tool for making strategic human resource decisions including annual reviews, contract negotiations and hiring practices. Designed with the user in mind with easy navigation, comprehensive data and customizable data filters. 
FIA company members can login  HERE . 

For more information, contact FIA's benchmarking team at for more information. 
Management Development Institute 

FIA is pleased to report that two of three sessions for Management Development Institute (MDI) have been completed.  MDI was created to help prepare the middle managers of today to become the industry leaders of tomorrow.  MDI accomplishes this by helping middle managers learn the practical skills and strategies that they will need to lead the industry into the future.

If you would like to learn more about MDI or to apply for the class of 2016 , please contact Roy Hardy ( for further information. 

MDI Inaugural Class- Session 2
 September 2015
Cleveland, OH 
FIA Nominating Committee

The best organizations are only as good as their leadership, and the Forging Industry Association and the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation 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 to select and nominate a slate of nominees to the FIA Board of Directors and the FIERF Board of Trustees for election at the Annual Meeting in May, 2016.

Elected Directors and Trustees will serve for three year terms through the Annual Meeting in 2019. Candidates from both FIA forging producer or supplier member companies are eligible and will be considered for either Board, subject to the following guidelines, qualification and preferences:
The 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 an industry-representative peer-group effort, and are able/willing to commit to 3 meeting days per year.
The 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 who are interested in serving on either Board, or who would like to recommend a candidate for consideration by the nominating committee, may inquire for more information by contacting President Roy W. Hardy  ( ). 
Forging Foundation Receives Award for Education Outreach

The Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation has been recognized by the ASM Foundation with the 2015 Pacesetter Award in recognition of the Foundation's support of Materials Camps for Teachers.   Established in 2009, the Pacesetter Award honors organizations for continued service to the ASM Materials Education Foundation and recognizes their impact in supporting educational outreach efforts that encourage young people to pursue careers in materials science and engineering.
The award was presented during the ASM Foundation Leadership Luncheon on October 5 th during the Material Science and Technology Conference and Exposition in Columbus while the FIERF Board was meeting in Texas prior to the opening of the FIA Fall Meeting of Members.  Foundation President Al Underys videotaped an acceptance on behalf of FIERF to be played at the awards ceremony while immediate past President of the Foundation Board Rob Mayer accepted the award on behalf of the Foundation's Board and supporters.

Dr. David Spencer, President of ASM Foundation, FIERF Professor Chet Van Tyne, immediate past FIERF President Rob Mayer and President of ASM Board of Trustees Jon Tirpak show off the 2015 ASM Pacesetter Award presented to the Forging Foundation.
FIERF Professor Named ASM Fellow

Our congratulations to Dr. Chet Van Tyne, FIERF Professor at Colorado School of Mines upon his recent election as a member of ASM 2015 Class of Fellows!  This honor is in recognition of "significant contributions to understanding effects of processing and microstructure on the plastic deformation behavior of steels and nickel-based alloys in metal forming manufacturing processes."
Chet is a great friend and tireless supporter of FIA, FIERF and the industry as a whole.  Congratulations, Chet!

FIERF Professor Chet Van Tyne (third from left) and past FIERF Fellows celebrate Chet's election as an ASM Fellow.  L-R Lee Rothleutner (FIERF Fellow 2010/11); Kester Clarke (FIERF Fellow 2005/06); Dr. Chet Van Tyne (FIERF Professor) and Luis Garza (FIERF Fellow 2001/02).

See the Future. Be Part of the Future.  Shape the F uture - 
A Message from FIERF President Al Undery s

It has been an exciting year here at the Forging Industry Education and Research Foundation (FIERF)!  Our mission is to support the Forging Industry through technology development and education.  FIERF continues to fund research at the university level as well as to distribute Finkl Scholarships.

This past year, we have had two additional exciting events of growth occur; 1) The development of the Forging Industry Women's Scholarship and 2) Industry recognition of our education outreach by being awarded the ASM International's Pacesetter Award.

We recognize the passion for the forging industry does not stop at the corporate level and we are reaching out to you as an individual to be a part of this exciting time at the Foundation. Our goal is to keep building on this momentum and to encourage students to consider careers in the forging industry.  The Foundation strives for continued strong applicants for the Finkl Scholarship and the Forging Industry Women's Scholarship.

With the creation of a new scholarship and industry recognition, others are seeing and supporting our vision and we hope you do too!  Please "click here" for more information and a pledge form or contact the FIERF Office at 216.781.6260. 

No gift of support is ever too small.  The Foundation greatly appreciates your generosity and dedication to strengthen the future of the forging industry.


Al Underys                         
FIERF President                

Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium Update

Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium (FDMC) led a group of 24 Defense Logistics Agency Aviation associates to Lenape Forged Products Corporation, West Chester, PA.  The purpose of the trip was for DLA employees to learn more about forging processes, parts, and the tooling required to make metallic components enabled by the unique combination of mechanical properties afforded through forging.  While in transit from Virginia to Pennsylvania, Walker George, our FORGE-IT Engineer, provided technical information regarding forging processes through presentations and videos piped through the bus. While at Lenape Forged Products, Mr. John Wilbur (President and CEO) provided an overview of the forging industry and Lenape Forge's processes and capabilities. A tour of the facility translated the presentations to action as the participants witnessed forging operations first hand.  Mr. Jim Smith (Operations Manager), Mr. Bob Giancola (Director of Sales), and Mr. Roy Raider (Production Engineer) conducted the tours.   This was the 23rd DLA Aviation tour to a forging facility since May 2003.

Defense Logistics Agency Aviation Associates
Lenape Forged Products
September 2015
Westchester, PA

Forge Work

View forge shops through the lens of award winning industrial photographer Michael Schultz.  With over 120 colored pages, Schultz's gives a rare and breathe taking view of forge shops across America and the UK.  Several subjects of this wonderful show of art are members of the FIA! 

Those interested in Forge Work may purchase a copy here.

Association of Indian Forging Industry 

Click here to view Focus, Issue 3, 2015 from the Association of Indian Forging Industry.  This issue of Focus includes such topics as Energy Efficiency Needs, 
Evolution of Forge Shops, and much more.
Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for the following 2016 FIA sponsored events:
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 

More information on all events coming soon!

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