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Metalcasters Convene at 113th Metalcasting Congress

Victor LaFay (left), research and technical development manager in North America, S&B Industrial Minerals NA Inc., displays his gold medal alongside 2009 Board of Awards Chairman H. Arthur Edge at the Paris Las Vegas Hotel.

AFS and NADCA presented several prestigious industry awards at the 113th Metalcasting Congress including, the Thomas W. Pangborn Gold Medal, two AFS Awards of Scientific Merit, the AFS Service Citation, the Ray H. Witt, Howard F. Taylor, and NADCA’s Best Congress Paper, Instructor of the Year and Technical Committee Member of the Year.
The Thomas W. Pangborn Gold Medal was presented at the AFS Annual Banquet on April 8 to Victor S. LaFay, research and development manager, S&B Industrial Minerals, N.A., Inc.

During the Congress’s President’s Luncheon and Annual Business Meeting, the AFS Awards of Scientific Merit were presented to David Caulk, technical fellow, General Motors Research and Development Center, and Sam Ramrattan, professor in the Dept. of Industrial & Manufacturing Engineering, College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, Western Michigan Univ. The AFS Service Citation was awarded to Harold Hoak (retired). 

The AFS President’s Luncheon also featured the induction of the 2009-10 class of AFS Officers and Directors. Stephen H. Reynolds, Lufkin Industries, Inc., was named AFS President; Henry W. Lodge, Lodge Manufacturing Co., took the office of AFS Vice President; and Timothy G. McMillin, Fairmount Minerals Ltd., took the office of AFS 2nd Vice President.

During the AFS Recognition Luncheon on April 8, the Ray H. Witt Award was given to Gerald Cole, Light Weight Strategies LLC, while the Howard F. Taylor award was presented to David Caulk and Martin Barone, General Motors Research and Development Center.  

During the NADCA Recognition Luncheon on April 7, the awards for Best Congress Paper was given to Lothar H. Kallien and Thomas Weidler, Aalen Univ. of Applied Sciences, Instructor of the Year honors went to Tim Cowell, Cowell Chemical Inc., and Technical Committee Member of the Year was presented to Jeffrey Brennan, Premier Tool & Die Cast. 
“This year’s Metalcasting Congress was a tremendous success.

The continued coalition between AFS and NADCA to sponsor this event is not only beneficial to the U.S. metalcasting industry as a whole, but also improves the working relationship and exchange of information between industry members,” said Jerry Call, AFS Executive Vice President.

Lothar H. Kallien, Aalen Univ. of Applied Sciences, displays his Best Paper Award for his paper titled “Using Gas Injection in High Pressure Die Casting.”

Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., AFS is a not-for-profit technical and management society that has existed since 1896 to provide and promote knowledge and services that strengthen the metalcasting industry for the ultimate benefit of its customers and society.

Headquartered in Wheeling, Ill., NADCA represents the world’s most effective die casters creating the world’s best products.
The organization serves as the voice of the die casting industry, promoting growth and enhancing its members’ ability to compete domestically in the global marketplace.

 

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