Donor Spotlight: American Axle & Manufacturing

The Forging Industry Educational & Research Foundation (FIERF) would like to recognize one of our Platinum Anvil Society Donors, American Axle & Manufacturing.

Founded in 1994, American Axle & Manufacturing (AAM) is a multi-billion-dollar Tier 1 Automotive and Mobility supplier. American Axle
& Manufacturing’s world headquarters is in Detroit, MI. AAM has nearly 80 facilities in 17 different countries, and its Metal Forming Business Unit is the largest supplier of automotive forgings in the world. A member of the Forging Industry Association since 1974 through the Chicago Manufacturing Facility (former Jernberg), AAM now has 18 North American forging and machining facilities participating in the FIA.

American Axle & Manufacturing not only is a member of the Forging Industry Association but is also a strong supporter of the Forging Foundation for over 10 years, donating over $180,000 to support programming for students who are interested in working in
the forging industry.

“At AAM we believe in the importance of supporting university research that will not only advance forging technology and materials to make us more competitive, but also to attract and educate the young engineers who will grow and lead our business in the future. We also see value supporting our local community colleges to train the future technicians needed in our operations. As a past recipient of an FIA scholarship in my grad school days, and from my time with AAM serving two rotations on the FIERF Board of Trustees, I am convinced that FIERF is a good steward of our annual Anvil Society donations, and is aligned with our business interests,” said John Pale, AAM Director, Manufacturing Engineering.

Outside of AAM’s company contribution, Pale is a personal donor to FIERF supporting the Presidents’ Challenge. Pale has generously donated to the Presidents’ Challenge which funds scholarships to his local community college, Macomb Community College. From the donation, Macomb Community College was able to award scholarships to three students that are enrolled in a certificate program or degree related to engineering or manufacturing to help offset some of the cost for their education. Presidents’ Challenge Scholarship recipients also get the opportunity for a plant tour and have access to FIA’s e-learning Forging Fundamentals course to learn more about the forging industry.

Thank you AAM, and John Pale for your generosity and continued support of the Forging Foundation!

Consider a gift of support of your own. Contact Amanda Dureiko at [email protected] if you are interested in inspiring the next generation of forgers!