Thinking Local T

he articles in Modern Casting focus a lot on the technical and business sides of the industry—for good reason. But another

side to running a business is probably glossed over too often—the role of being part of the lo- cal community. Many of your foundries are one of the biggest

employers in town or one of the oldest employ- ers in town (or both). You have provided jobs for generations of families, held picnics, sponsored little league teams, donated to local charities, and given scholarships. Your employees serve on local boards. T ey are members of the Rotary Club and Kiwanis. T ey volunteer. Some serve in the armed forces. My point is, it’s easy to view a business as an entity, as a vehicle to make the owner or owners a profit. And this is true. But I’ve gathered from conversations with many foundry owners and executives over the years that you also feel a great responsibil- ity to not just your employees, but their families and your community, as well. I was reminded of this most recently during my visit to Frazier& Frazier Industries, which is profi led on page 26. Chuck Frazier runs the business his fa- ther started in 1972. Frazier learned a lot from his dad and recounted a conver- sation that went to the heart of why they bother running a foundry. “I always

thought I was smarter than Dad,” Frazier said. “So I would keep telling him, ‘Dad, we have to have some bookkeeping to see if you are making a profit.’ And he said, ‘what does that have to do with anything? I’m paying the banker, the bills, helping our churches and schools. That is all we need to do. The world is not about profits.’ It took me awhile to un-

derstand what he meant by that.” In June, several

metalcasters gath- ered in Wash- ington, D.C., to meet with their senators and representatives to talk about federal policy that can impact their businesses. This big picture effort is necessary to keep the whole industry healthy and strong. And I know

T e pressure is on to keep improving your operations, meeting your customer needs, and focusing on the technical and fi nancial details. It’s pressure

metalcasters can handle, and the reward is worth the struggle.

you are fighting just as hard at home to stay open, to stay profitable, to be a job provider. A few months ago, I wrote in this space that metalcast- ing is a livelihood. The pressure is on to keep improv- ing your opera- tions, meeting your customer needs, and focusing on the technical and fi- nancial details. It’s pressure metalcast- ers can handle, and the reward is worth the struggle.

Shannon Wetzel, Managing Editor

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