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EVENT DATES
Apr 2018
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Venue

Fort Worth Convention Center 1201 Houston Street Fort Worth , Texas 76102
Tel: (817) 392-6338
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122nd Metalcasting Congress

Attendees

2,200

Exhibitors

185

Register

$35 - $800

Overview

Event Overview:

Connect With Your Supply Chain at Metalcasting Congress

The annual Metalcasting Congress show held every spring features the latest advancements in metalcasting technology and services. Congress is complemented with the Cast in North America Exhibition, where metalcasters showcase their capabilities to casting buyers. The event has something for everyone in the supply chain:  

SUPPLIERS: Connect with technology and service providers who are on hand to showcase and exhibit new technologies.

METALCASTERS: Connect with your peers through presentations of case studies and research findings to help improve your efficiency, quality and profitability.

CASTING BUYERS AND DESIGNERS: Save your company time and money by learning new metalcastingdesign and sourcing tips at the Cast in North America Exhibition. Casting buyers will be able to strengthen their supply chain with face to face meetings with North America's leading casting sources.

Metalcasting Congress is held every year in the spring and consists of technical sessions, awards banquets, a table-top exhibition show and Cast in North America (an exhibit opportunity for metalcasters to showcase their capabilities to casting buyers). Every three years, Metalcasting Congress is held in conjunction with CastExpo and also features full equipment displays.

Exhibitor Information:

Proclaim Your Name
Metalcasting Congress is THE chance to make your presence known to the metalcasting industry and end-user community. These attendees attend Metalcasting Congress to be better at their jobs and improve their business. Be one of more than 200 suppliers to show them how YOU can help them do that.

Connect Technology With Leaders
More than 2,000 attendees are expected to convene in Columbus, Ohio, for a massive discourse on technical trends within the industry. Show them your company’s authority on subjects that matter to them.

Prime exhibiting opportunities exist for North American metalcasting facilities. Reach end-users and purchasers attending the Cast in North America portion of Metalcasting Congress. Your customers and prospective customers come to the show specifically to learn more about casting technology and shop for a source of cast parts.

Growing attendance numbers.

Expanding designer and purchasing sessions.

End-user attendees come seeking out open capacity.

Build brand recognition.

Conduct face-to-face meetings with current customers.

Generate meaningful leads.

Demonstrate your company’s status as a technical leader.

About AFS:

The American Foundry Society is the leading U.S. based metalcasting society, assisting member companies (metalcasting facilities, diecasters and industry suppliers) and individuals to effectively manage their production operations, profitably market their products and services and equitably manage their employees. The American Foundry Society also promotes the interests of the metalcasting industry before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. With the direction of its volunteer committee structure, the professional staff of the American Foundry Society provides support in the areas of technology, management and education to further the economic progress of the metalcasting industry.

Attendees - Event Information and Registration

Exhibitor Prospectus and Kit

Agenda

Apr 3   

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Author Chair Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

SESSIONS
Technical Track Sessions

9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibitor Set Up

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

SESSIONS
Technical Track Sessions
Management Track Sessions

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker
Jean Bye
Disaster Recovery - Everyone's Worst Nightmare
Sponsored by the AFS Cast Iron Division

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Copper Division Luncheon

   

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SESSIONS
Technical Track Sessions
Management Track Sessions

1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Institute Course

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

SESSIONS
Technical Track Sessions
Management Track Sessions

6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Annual Banquet Reception

7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Annual Banquet

Apr 4   

7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Registration

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Author Chair Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Women in Metalcasting Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

SESSIONS
Technical Track Sessions
Management Track Sessions

9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Management Track – Women in Metalcasting
Work Hardening: How to Overcome Obstacles

9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

SESSIONS
Technical Track Sessions
Management Track Sessions

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker 
Hoyt Lecture
Dan Oman 
Changing Perceptions 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Division Recognition Luncheon

1:30 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

Institute Course

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

SESSIONS
Technical Track Sessions
Management Track Sessions

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Management Track
Today's Students, Tomorrows Future Leaders in Metalcasting

3:15 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.

SESSIONS
Technical Track Sessions
Management Track Sessions

4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Exhibitors

Mar 5   

7:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Registration

7:00 a.m. – 8:00 a.m.

Author Chair Breakfast

8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

SESSIONS
Technical Track Sessions
Management Session – Careers in Metalcasting

8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Institute Course

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Open
(9:30 – 10:30 Continental Breakfast)

9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

SESSIONS
Technical Track Sessions
Management Track Sessions

10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Keynote Speaker
Stephen Moore
Economic and Political Update 

11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

President's Lunch/Annual Business Meeting

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exhibit Hall – Tear Down

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Foundry Tour

Keynote Speakers

Jean Bye

Dotson Iron Castings, Mankato, MN

Disaster Recovery—Everyone’s Worst Nightmare

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.

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.

"Stephen Moore is one of the foremost experts on tax policy and one of the most influential advocates for economic growth," said Doug Kurkul, CEO of the American Foundry Society. "The insight and perspective he offers will benefit Metalcasting Congress attendees in their business planning and decision-making."

Moore is currently the Distinguished Visiting Fellow for the Project for Economic Growth at the Heritage Foundation. In prior roles, he was the Founder of the Club for Growth, a member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, and Founder of the Free Enterprise Fund. Moore was the Co-Founder of the Committee to Unleash Prosperity, alongside Arthur Laffer, Steve Forbes and Larry Kudlow.

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's of arts in economics from George Mason University. Moore's commentary has often been featured on CNN, Fox News, and other news outlets.

Dan Oman

Changing Perceptions: The Need for an "Unbalanced Force"

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.

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