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AFS NEWS


New AFS website provides enhanced online experience Te American Foundry Society has launched


a new website that serves the needs and ad- vances the interests of the modern metalcast- ing industry. In aligning with the association’s strategic direction, the new afsinc.org now has a greater focus on several key elements: much- improved navigation for users, streamlined information about careers in metalcasting, a clear presentation of the economic importance of the industry to our modern quality of life, and one-stop access to information for casting designers and buyers. “Industry stewardship and member service


are two of the premier responsibilities of AFS, and this new site was designed with that in mind,” said AFS CEO Doug Kurkul. “Whether someone is a metalcaster, supplier, casting user, student, educator, or public policymaker, the new site will be a valuable resource.” Corporate and individual members of


AFS will find many resources at the familiar afsinc.org URL. This includes materials for employee recruitment and retention, research, upcoming events and conferences, involve- ment in AFS, as well as pathways to pursu- ing conversions and reshoring casting orders from overseas. Visitors from outside the industry will find


information on how metal castings are made and used, the importance of metalcasting to the wider economy, and how foundries are advancing manufacturing innovations and sustainability measures, among other things.


Enhanced member benefits, including Members Only


Webinars and unlimited member access to one of the world’s premier metalcasting libraries, are among the hallmarks of


the new site. Te AFS Store and AFS publications, includ- ing Modern Casting and Metal Casting Design & Purchasing magazines, also are accessible through the site. “Te development of the site was a team effort across


AFS staff, and special thanks goes to the diligence of our IT team here at AFS headquarters,” Kurkul said.


Robison named AFS chief technical services officer Following a nationwide search, the


American Foundry Society is pleased to announce the promotion of Steve Robison to chief technical services officer.


Robison’s distinguished career in-


cludes 13 years in foundry management and production roles, and eight years in foundry supply sales and service. He has served many years at AFS as senior technical director, Metalcasting Congress technical program manager, and liaison to the Technical Council. Over the last several months, he has also acted informally as division leader and


Steve Robison


implemented key process improvements related to AFS research endeavors. He has a degree from Biola University in La Mirada, California. Robison will further drive technical


leadership at AFS, with an eye toward fostering innovation throughout the in- dustry. His responsibilities will include filling out the staff of the Technical Services Division, fulfillment of the AFS strategic plan and mission, sup- porting team efforts to deliver mem-


ber value and superior member service, as well as driving continued membership growth.


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