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AFS NEWS


Future Leaders in Metalcasting: Going Boldly Into the Future Te sustainability of the met-


alcasting industry depends on having capable leaders in positions of respon- sibility. Future Leaders in Metalcast- ing (FLM) is a key AFS program to develop the next generation of leaders in the evolving metalcasting industry as they make their journey through the early stages of management tracks. Sixty up-and-coming leaders met


during the 121st Metalcasting Con- gress this April 26 in Milwaukee for in- teraction, networking and discussion of topics relevant to young leaders who are maturing into our industry’s future class of leaders. Te event was one of at least two FLM meetings per year the group conducts to encourage its members to discover together best practices in team building, decision-making, strategic planning and plant operations. At the FLM meeting in April, members discussed issues that they will consistently need to revisit and address over the years as they develop into leaders, such as: • Making continuous improvements in the plant that lead to lean successes.


• Overcoming obstacles on the way to career growth.


• Building agile teams to bridge the generation gap.


• Managing automation in the plant. • Long-term strategies for local and global competition.


AFS CALENDAR JULY 25-26


Gating and Riser Design 201 AFS


SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS


This course is a continuation of Gating & Riser Design 101 with an emphasis on application of sands, chill, sleeves, other thermal control properties, fluid flow principles and filtration.


AUGUST 21-22 Volunteer Leadership Training


Conference AFS


SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS 46 | MODERN CASTING July 2017 The FLM meeting at the 121st Metalcasting Congress was one of the largest gatherings for the group.


FLM participants were energized with the networking and looking to the future.


Te FLM Meeting at the 121st


Metalcasting Congress was one of the largest gatherings for the group. All FLM members must be mem- bers of AFS who are on or aspire to be on the management track at their firm. Trough two meetings per year, members have access to networking events, executive skills training and community outreach. One prominent facet of FLM is an executive develop- ment program, which looks at strategic planning, human resources, finance,


marketing, sales, and technology. An- other major facet is student outreach, where FLM members work to recruit students, from elementary school to college, to the metalcasting industry. During the April meeting, college students affiliated with the Foundry Education Foundation were invited to get a jump start on their own leader- ship development. Interested in being involved with


the Future Leaders of Metalcasting? Email Cathy Potts, AFS Director of Human Resources & Administra- tive Services, at cpotts@afsinc.org for more information.


SEPTEMBER 13-14 Casting Cost Estimating


AFS SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS


Cost estimating is a critical factor in ensur- ing a manufacturing company continues to acquire customers and to be profitable.


SEPTEMBER 17-19 2017 Foundry Executive and Leadership


Conference STOWE, VERMONT


Plan to join us in Vermont for the metalcasting industry’s premiere leadership conference.


SEPTEMBER 20-21 Introduction to Metalcasting


AFS SCHAUMBURG, ILLINOIS


This course introduces the process of metalcasting. It provides a broad picture of what happens in a casting production facility, while illustrating the technology, variables and complexity involved in producing a casting.


SEPTEMBER 21-23 AFS Texas Regional


Dallas Fort Worth Marriott Hotel & Golf Club


FORT WORTH, TEXAS


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