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Metalcasters Gather Deep in the Heart of Texas.

Depending on your perspective of when the 21st Century began, the 105th Casting Congress in Dallas may be considered the first one of the new millenium. A downturn in the U.S. economy didn't discourage 1344 industry officials from experiencing the many firsts occurring during the four-day event.

For the first time, the American Foundry Society, instead of the American Foundrymen's Society, played host for the Congress, which featured 125 exhibits and 58 technical and management sessions. The session topics ranged from panels discussing practical methods to reduce costs to AFS Research Reports on experimental metals and computer modeling simulations. The 105th Congress also saw the first Magnesium Div. presentation, which was "New Initiatives in Magnesium Casting."

Engineered Casting Solutions displayed the 14 winners of its first casting contest. The first Casting of the Year is Maco Corp.'s aluminum 356 oil filter/cooler adapter component.

Other firsts included a new exhibits schedule, a change in the technical/management schedule, a pre-Congress golf outing, and new awards from the Marketing Div. and the Environmental, Health and Safety Div. The Copper Alloy Div. also renamed one of its honors as the David Kunkel Distinguished Service Awards.

Dwight Barnhard, AFS executive vice president, delivered the prestigious Charles Edgar Hoyt Memorial Lecture. Barnhard's address, "The Knowledge Equation: Formula for Wisdom," focused on learning as an ongoing process in everyone's life and the importance of transforming information into wisdom.

The Congress ended with the AFS annual banquet, which honored Karl B. Rundman, professor, Michigan Technical Univ., Houghton, Michigan, and R. Conner Warren, executive vice president, Citation Corp., Birmingham, Alabama, As one of his last official duties, AFS President Donald Gaertner, president, Metal-casting Equipment, Inc., Clover, South Carolina, presented Rundman with the Thomas W. Pangborn Gold Medal and Warren with the Peter L. Simpson Gold Medal.

Earlier that day at the President's Luncheon, Stephen L. Neltner, corporate manager of quality, Hill and Griffith Co., Cincinnati; William L. Powell, manager of melting and metallurgy, Waupaca Foundry, Inc., Waupaca, Wisconsin; and Hathibelagal M. Roshan, director of quality, Maynard Steel Casting Co., Milwaukee, received the AFS Award of Scientific Merit. Also, the AFS Service Citation were awarded to Stanley Bass, retired-owner, Fort Worth Aluminum Foundry, Inc., Forth Worth, Texas; James E. Brown, president and CEO, Bremen Castings, Inc., Bremen, Indiana; David R. Jablonski, vice president of sales and marketing, Joy-Mark, Inc., Cudahy, Wisconsin; Eugene C. Muratore, senior foundry metallurgist, Rio Tinto Iron and Titanium America, Rosemont, Illinois; and David V. Silsby, project manager, Simpson Technologies, Inc., Aurora, Illinois. Michael A. Gwyn, president and CEO, Pelton Casteel, Inc., Milwaukee, received the CMI Directors' Award.
105th AFS Casting Congress
Attendance Breakdown
Division No. of Attendance Average
 Sessions per Session
Engineering 6 324 54
Alumnium 11 1007 91.6
Copper 4 137 34.2
Molding 10 390 39
Iron 8 627 78.4
Pattern 2 70 35
Melting 4 232 58
Steel 4 204 51
EHS 3 99 33
Lost Foam 3 121 40.3
Human Resources 1 19 19
Mktg/Mgmt 1 46 46
Magnesium 1 28 28
TOTAL 58 3304 57
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