Conference Call – Metalcasting Congress in Fort Worth


122nd AFS Metalcasting Congress in Fort Worth, by the numbers!


There are many great reasons to attend, participate and grow at this year’s AFS Metalcasting Congress.  To make sure it all adds up, we’ve run the numbers:

  • There are over 200 Exhibitors showing off the most recent innovations and advancements in the foundry industry. Don’t miss the free reception on the show floor on April 4th at 4:30pm.
  • 3 AFS Institute Courses will be presented on Virtual Casting Processes, Identifying the Correct Casting Defects, and Creating a Culture of Respect Through Feedback.
  • Network with some of the best in the industry. We’re anticipating a crowd of 2,000+ metalcasting professionals to join us this year!
  • 7 special events at Metalcasting Congress include:
    • Division Recognition Lunch
    • Copper Division Luncheon
    • Women in Metalcasting Breakfast
    • Annual Banquet
    • Future Leaders of Metalcasting meeting
    • Alumni Dinner
    • Presidents Luncheon & Annual Business Meeting
  • There will be 58 total Technical Sessions covering 8 educational tracks (Engineering & technology, Nonferrous, Molding, Ferrous, EHS, Casting Design, Business of Metalcasting, Professional Development).
  • 1 Foundry Tour will take place at Midland Manufacturing Co.
  • There will be 3 Keynote Presentations:
    • Disaster Recovery—Everyone’s Worst Nightmare by Jean Bye, Dotson Iron Castings, Mankato, MN. Sponsored by the AFS Cast Iron Division
      In the early morning hours of Sept. 23, Dotson Iron Castings experienced a fire that would destroy all of its molding capabilities, completely shut down its operation and require a recovery effort beyond what could ever have been detailed in a disaster recovery plan. Bye will talk about the many twists, turns, and lessons learned throughout the recovery process relating to disaster preparedness.
    • Changing Perceptions: The Need for an “Unbalanced Force” by Dan Oman
      Perceptions are a function of information received from many different sources. These perceptions become firmly held beliefs that rarely, if ever, change. Today, the typical perception of the metalcasting industry is that of a smokestack industry utilizing low technology and lacking in challenging career opportunities. This perception remains virtually unchanged since the 1970s. According to Newton’s First Law of Motion, an object moving in space continues to move in the same direction at a constant velocity in the absence of an unbalanced force. In the absence of an unbalanced force, perceptions also will not change. Over the past 40 years many individuals have acted as an unbalanced force to change perceptions. This presentation will examine the common aspects of these efforts so that each of us can have an impact on perceptions.
    • Economic and Political Update by Stephen Moore
      Serving as Keynote Speaker on the morning of April 5 will be respected economist Stephen Moore, who was Senior Economic Adviser to the Trump Campaign in 2016. The author or co-author of several books, Moore earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He holds a Master of Arts in economics from George Mason University. Moore’s commentary has often been featured on CNN, Fox News, and other news outlets.

For agenda details and registration information, visit or call 800/537-4237.

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