Forging Foundation News March 2022

FIERF Scholarships are Open


Only Two More Weeks to Apply for a FIERF Funded Scholarship!

Applications for the Forging Foundation (FIERF) scholarship programs are open and FIERF now offers three different scholarship programs for undergraduate and graduate students interested in the forging industry. 

Don’t forget to pass this information along to your interns or co-op students!

Applications are available on the FIERF website.  The deadline for all materials to be received is April 14th, 2022.  Recipients will be announced in June.

Donate today to help fund scholarships for future students interested in the forging industry. 

If you have any questions, contact Amanda Dureiko at [email protected] or call 216-781-6260.

Next Gen Group

Mark your calendars for the first Next Gen Group event: Virtual Panel Session “Scaling the Ranks in the Forging Industry”. This webinar panel session will be Monday, May 23rd at 1:30 p.m. (ET) via Zoom.

The panel will consist of executive members that grew in their careers in the forging industry. Attendees will hear how the panelists grew in their careers, challenges they faced along the way and how they overcame those challenges. Panelists will also share tips and advice for those individuals that are looking to “scale the ranks in the forging industry”.  If you have a specific question you would like answered, you can submit those when registering for the webinar.

Panelist include:

Doug McIntyre – President of Weber Metals

Ken Mathas – President of Cornell Forge

Rick Recktenwald – President of Walker Forge

The FIA Next Gen Group is comprised of individuals (approximate age 20-40) who are young business and manufacturing employees working in the forging industry. The Next Gen Group will provide an opportunity to collaborate with peers, share experiences, and discuss the challenges facing the forging industry. Our mission is to increase awareness and attractiveness of the industry, as well as help to create the next wave of leadership. Group members have the opportunity to enjoy plant tours, receive continuing education and training hours through the e-learning Forging University Platform, network, and attend meetings and events to stay up to date with ideas and issues from all over the industry. Getting involved is a great way to meet young professionals in the field, explore career opportunities, find mentors, and get the skills and knowledge you need for advancement. This is also a great way to advance professional relationships and stay informed as a younger employee.

Questions about the event or interested in joining FIA’s Next Gen Group? Contact Amanda Dureiko at [email protected].

FIERF's 2nd Annual Silent Auction

The Forging Foundation (FIERF) is excited to announce its Second Annual Silent Auction fundraiser taking place at the FIA Annual Meeting of Members on April 21, 2022. We ask that you consider donating an item or service for the auction at this year's event. Generous donations of services, gift cards, products and once-in-a-lifetime experiences will help our event succeed and raise funds for the mission of our organization.

Examples of items we are looking for include:

Click here to download the silent auction donation form.

Thank you to the following companies that have already donated to the Silent Auction!

·    Moline Forge
·    Eaton Steel Bar Company
·    Onex
·    FIA
·    Jade-Sterling Steel
·    Weber Metals
·    Ellwood
·    Cleveland Hardware & Forging
·    Forge Resources Group
·    Trenton Forging
·    Sharon Haverstock
·    Modern Forge Indiana
·         Campbell Press Repair
·         Universal Stainless
·         Colorado School of Mines
·         AML Industries
·         Pacific Forge
·         SIFCO
·         Ulven Companies
·         Forging Equipment Solutions
·         Keystone Forging
·         Alton Steel
·         Scot Forge

If you have questions about the Silent Auction, contact Amanda Dureiko at [email protected] or 216-781-6260.


Join us for FIERF’s Annual Golf Outing on August 23, 2022 at Firestone Country Club.

The outing will take place at Firestone Country Club’s South Course located in Akron, OH - 40 minutes south of downtown Cleveland. Firestone Country Club carries the presence of incredible golf history. From the first tournament hosted here in 1954 to the PGA and SPGA's long relationship with the club, notable champions like Tommy Bolt, Arnold Palmer and Tom Nieporte all staked their claim to fame on Firestone's famous courses, bunkers and fairways. These spectacular golf courses are sure to draw you into their historic mystique as you wind your way around the beautifully arranged holes. Noted for its length, the par 70, 7,783-year South Course includes a series of intimidating, long par-4 holes and one of the longest par 5s anywhere.

100% of your golf registration fee will be donated to FIA's Forging Foundation (FIERF) to fund student scholarships and educational research projects.

Sponsorships and branding opportunities are also available.  If you would like to become a FIERF Golf Outing Sponsor please complete the Sponsorship Form and submit it to Amanda Dureiko at [email protected].

FIERF Funded Research Projects

The following FIERF funded research projects have been completed.  Click on the project title to see the final report. 

University of Houston – Market Research to Identify A Window of Opportunity for FIERF on the Current Needs for Railroad Wheels

University of Florida – “Prediction of Relative Globularization Rates in α + β Titanium Alloys as a Function of Initial Crystal Orientation”

Oakland University - “Method of Measuring Friction Conditions in Production Forging Dies”

Marquette University - “Laboratory Forging Press Rebuild”

University of Pittsburgh - “Effect of Processing on the Microstructure-Performance between a 4340 wrought steel and a 4340 selective laser melted (SLM) steel”

If you have any questions about a specific project, please contact Amanda Dureiko at [email protected].

Thank you to all of the new and continued supporters of the Forging Foundation.  We couldn’t continue to do what we do with out the generous support from you!

We invite you to partner with the Forging Foundation. A partnership with the Forging Foundation means you will help develop our future workforce!

If you are interested in learning more about the Forging Foundation and the workforce development programming that we do, contact Amanda Dureiko at [email protected] or 216-781-6260.