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Alumalloy Hosts DLA, ATI, and NFFS for Discussion of Military Metal Casting Supply Chain

Friday, October 4, 2019   (0 Comments)
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On October 2nd, representatives of the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA), Advanced Technology International (ATI), and NFFS gathered in Avon Lake, Ohio, for a meeting at NFFS member foundry Alumalloy Metalcasting Company to hold a discussion about how the non-ferrous metal casting industry helps support the needs of the U.S. government, including the DLA.

As the nation’s combat logistics support agency, the DLA manages the global supply chain—from raw materials to end user to disposition—for the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Coast Guard, ten combatant commands, other federal agencies, and partner and allied nations. Metal castings are among the most difficult items for the DLA to procure in support of its mission.

ATI works with partners across industries to facilitate the rapid deployment of advanced warfighting technology into the hands of our military. ATI presently works with NFFS in support of the Society’s Integrated Casting Order Network (ICON) program, which provides foundries with daily sales opportunities for metal castings available through the DLA and other agencies.

The conversations centered around the needs of the DLA for metal castings of all types. The DLA was interested in learning more about foundries, and how to increase the industry’s participation rates in providing the needed metal casting products to DLA in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Afterwards, the group had a chance to tour the foundry where Dennis Daniels, President of Alumalloy Metalcasting Company, demonstrated the company’s permanent mold, semi-permanent mold, low-pressure and no-bake operations, as well as their significant machining and NDT inspection capabilities. DLA representatives were interested to learn how non-ferrous metal castings are made, and were particularly impressed with the significant amount of advanced technology present in Alumalloy’s foundry.

Commenting on the meeting with DLA, NFFS Executive Director Jerrod Weaver said “This was a fantastic opportunity for member foundry Alumalloy, the DLA, ATI and NFFS to gather and discuss the needs of all stakeholders as we work together to support the U.S. Military and the American warfighter.”

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