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FIA- September 2015 Quick Read
Welcome Forjas Merik!

FIA is pleased to welcome Forjas Merik, S.A. de C.V. as a new forging producer member in the Association.  Located in Mexico City, Mexico, Merik produces custom and standard open die and cold forgings for off-highway, automotive and truck markets.   To contact Forjas Merik directly, please call  
+52 55 5391 3632.
Forging Specific Compensation & Benefit Survey is OPEN!

FIA's 2015 Compensation and Benefits Survey via dynamic benchmarking, is NOW OPEN!    Forging company members:  you should have received your invitation and links to the platform earlier this week.  The benchmarking platform is the way to get the information you need, when you need it the most.  Please plan to participate.

This web based tool allows forging companies to benchmark and measure Compensation and Benefits and offers:
  • Forging industry specific information that is available only through survey participation.
  • Enhanced User Experience.
  • Easy navigation to increase benchmarking participation, resulting in more comprehensive and valuable data.
  • 24/7 user access.
  • Information for both Production and Management.
  • Flexible data entry- allowing you to enter information in more than one sitting.
  • Instant reporting to compare wage rates (when certain criteria is met).
  • Comprehensive reports that you can customize and filter to your needs.
  • Comparison to your previous year(s) information. (Provided you participated.)
Begin your survey and reporting today by logging in HERE and benchmark your company now. 
Benchmarking is a benefit available to forging companies as a part of FIA membership.
Intrigued?  Contact FIA's benchmarking team at for more information.
Volatile Times Require Dynamic Information
FIA Forging Company Members - are you wondering how you compare with your peers in the forging industry? In your company's sales range or employee range?  These times call for the ability to have information crucial to business decision making.  Now with the dynamic ability to customize charts and reports, you can see how you measure up with peers in just a few clicks.  You can get the most up-to-date benchmarking information when you want it, and more importantly, when you really need it!  That's been our goal, and the reason forging members 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.

  • A benefit available to forging companies as a part of FIA membership
  • On-Line Available 24/7
  • Confidentiality Protected
  • Continually Updated with new information
  • Customizable to your reporting needs
  • 294 FIA Member employees have entered information and/or viewed reports on Compensation, Safety or Marketing information
  • Compensation & Benefits Survey2015 Data Collection now open! Question by question comparisons are available upon 50% survey completion. 2015 Reports will be available in October.   2014 Results are available for participants having reached 50% survey completion.
  • Occupational Injury & Illness: 2015 Data Collection will launch January 2016.  2014 Data Collection is now closed. 2014 Results are available for participants having reached 50% survey completion.
  • Sales & Operational Performance: 2015 Data Collection will launch spring 2016.  2014 Data Collection is now closed. 2014 Results are available for participants having reached 50% survey completion.
From the profile data that provides the opportunity to filter results and create a subset of peers from which to compare, to the data necessary to calculate Key Performance Indicators, the more data you share, the more beneficial the results become for everyone.
Intrigued?  Contact FIA's benchmarking team at for more information. 
Cooling Behavior of Three Microalloyed Forging Steels Reported

Microalloyed forging steels require cooling rates greater than still air to obtain the best form of precipitates and increase strength.  This study, supported by the Forging Industry Educational and Research Foundation, determined the critical cooling rates to produce interphase precipitation that results in peak hardness value for three different steel forgings alloys - 15V30M, 38MnVS6 and 15V41.

The Colorado School of Mines report on  "Cooling Behavior of Three Microalloyed Forging Steels"  is now available in the Technical Report Digital Library on the FIA Website.  Graduate student Sami Syammach, undergraduates Matt Glazier and Jason Duran worked alongside Professors Kip Findley and Chet Van Tyne complete this study. 
Manufacturing Day

On Friday, October 2, 2015, manufacturers from across the country will open their will be partaking in this year's Manufacturing Day. MFG Day is an opportunity to showcase your company's importance to the local economy and spread the word about rewarding careers in your organization! We encourage you to participate in this exciting event.

Use October 2- the first Friday in October- to open your doors to students and the community or join with other local manufacturers to make presentations to local schools to tell your story. Include local lawmakers, potential customers, and the media.

Visit for more information and tips for planning and hosting events.

If you would like, The Forging Foundation has Forge Your Future Toolkits for use with students and educators.  Toolkits include information on the forging process and forging careers. Please contact Karen Lewis ( or (216.781.6260) for more information.
Washington Update from NAM

The President will sign yet another Executive Order . This one will mandate that all federal contractors, subcontractors and lower-tiered subcontractors provide "one hour of paid sick time for every 30 hours worked." The paid sick leave may be used for illness or for other reasons similar to those in the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The sick time may be carried over to the next year and will impact approximately 300,000 workers.
You may notice this initiative is nearly identical as the "The Healthy Families Act," which, after failing last year, has been reintroduced in both the House and the Senate by Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) and Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT).  These bills have little to no chance of moving, so the Administration is giving it life through an Executive Order on federal contractors. The Department of Labor will issue regulations by September 30, 2016 to be effective by January 1, 2017.
For more information please contact NAM representatives  Joe Trauger  or Amanda Wood .
Surplus Forging Stock Available

Attention FIA Members- Are you looking for surplus forging stock to purchase?
Please click here or go to Member Services- Surplus Forging Stock to view our recently posted listings.
Upcoming Events

Mark your calendars for the following FIA sponsored events:
Theory and Applications of Press Forging and Die Design
September 28-October 1, 2015
Cleveland, OH
This four day seminar taught by academic and industry experts focuses on the forging specific information regarding the application of various types of presses, as well as guidelines for designing tooling for forging and trimming.

Limited seating is available for those still interested.  Please contact Theresa Ferry ( for more detailed information.

For a complete brochure and registration, please click here.

2015 Fall Meeting of Members
October 5-7, 2015
Grapevine (Dallas), TX

FIA members are invited to attend the 2015 Fall Meeting of Members. You will not want to miss the valuable networking and learning opportunity to find out how to chart your course through the changing demographics of your workforce; learn how the shale boom shifting into high gear will affect global energy; and the importance of creating a work environment that nurtures and supports people to be creative, productive, and profitable.

For a complete brochure and registration, please click here.

For questions or concerns about registration or hotel arrangements, please contact Pat Kasik (

First Line Supervisory Seminar
October 22-24, 2015
Cleveland, OH
This three day seminar taught be industry expert Rod Allwood focuses on the development of your First Line Supervisors by enhancing their leadership, communication, organizational skills and much more.
Seating for this course is limited and early registration is recommended.

For a complete brochure and registration, please click here.

Induction Heating for Forging
November 5, 2015
Romulus, MI
This one day educational seminar is the only Induction Heating seminar the focuses solely on the Forging Industry.  Join industry experts as they teach valuable first-hand knowledge of Induction Heating for Forging.

For a complete brochure and registration, please click here.

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