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Highlights from NFFS at CastExpo 2019

Friday, May 3, 2019   (0 Comments)
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Last month, the NFFS staff, as well as several NFFS members and volunteers, attended the American Foundry Society’s 2019 CastExpo conference and trade show held in Atlanta, Georgia. Here are some of the highlights from this event:

NFFS Breakfast & Industry Update
On the second day of the conference, NFFS hosted a free continental breakfast for members and guests at the Omni Atlanta Hotel. NFFS Executive Director Jerrod Weaver gave a brief update on legislation being tracked by the NFFS Government Affairs Committee, as well as upcoming NFFS events, enhancements to the ICON program, and the recent addition of Associate Membership for foundry suppliers. Jerrod was followed by a presentation from NFFS Membership Committee Chair Jay Armstrong of Trialco on the subject of NFFS membership benefits and the potential ROI for member companies.

NFFS Scholarship Award Presentations
At the end of 2018, NFFS announced that it had chosen two recipients to receive $1,250 college scholarships through the NFFS Scholarship Fund: Richard Clark, a senior at Mohawk College in Ontario, Canada, and Thomas Houston, a senior at Tennessee Tech. The NFFS staff, Society President Chris Shanks, and Scholarship Committee Chair Andrew Iannettoni were pleased to have the opportunity to meet both award winners at the NFFS booth to congratulate them and present them with their awards.

Integrated Casting Order Network (ICON)
This year, a portion of the NFFS booth was dedicated to the Society’s ICON program, which has been transformed over the past year into a powerful supply chain management tool for foundries, as well as their suppliers and buyers. Sheila Rayburn, Senior Program Manager of the ICON program, was available in the NFFS booth to give demos of the program. “Suppliers and foundries seeking DLA contracts, or looking to connect with other suppliers, got to see a live demonstration of the functions and capabilities available to them using ICON’s technology,” Sheila stated.

Networking with NFFS Members
And of course, we always appreciate the chance to visit with our NFFS members. This face-to-face interaction helps us keep abreast of business developments and company news, and to learn about foundries’ most pressing challenges, so that we can address these issues when developing new programs and services.



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