American Foundry Society Cancels Metalcasting Congress 2020
In a March 17th letter to exhibitors and attendees registered for Metalcasting Congress 2020, American Foundry Society (AFS) CEO Doug Kurkul announced that the organization had made the decision to cancel the event, which was scheduled to be held on April 21-23, 2020, in Cleveland. In his statement, Kurkul stated, “This outcome became unavoidable in recent days, especially after the Ohio Governor prohibited large public gatherings. Given the uncertainty relative to the duration of mass-gathering bans, AFS does not plan to reschedule the event.”
AFS is prepared offer full refunds to registered exhibitors and attendees, but Kurkul has requested that they consider accepting a partial refund. “Recognizing the major impact on our financial reserves...we ask that exhibitors and registrants vested in the success of our industry consider accepting a partial refund and contributing some balance of their choice back to AFS, helping us to bridge the gap between the 2019 and 2021 trade shows.”
The Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society had also planned to exhibit at Metalcasting Congress 2020. “The NFFS staff is sorry to miss this opportunity to network with members and industry colleagues,” said Jerrod Weaver, NFFS Executive Director. “However, we agree that the health and safety of attendees must take priority, and we will look forward to next year’s event.”
Metalcasting Congress 2021 will be held on April 13-15, 2021, in Milwaukee.