Forging Foundation News March 2024

2 Weeks Left to Apply:

Forging Foundation Scholarships!

Students interested in the forging industry can apply for scholarships through the Forging Foundation’s four scholarship programs.  

Deadline for all materials to be received is April 13th, 2024. Recipients will be announced in June.

Don’t forget to pass this information along to your students and interns!

You can find more information about each scholarship on the Forging Foundation’s website through the button below.


Forge the Future Summer Camps

The Forging Foundation is excited to host not just one, but three summer camps this year! Students will have the opportunity to tour a forging facility, participate in STEAM and team building activities, and learn how to forge. Plus, campers will get to take home their own forging!


There are only 25 seats available for each camp. Register your kids today!

Sponsorships and company participation are needed to help expose the students to the forging companies near them! If your company is interested in participating in the camp or would like to sponsor an activity, please contact Amanda at [email protected]. Click here to download the sponsorship document. 

FIERF Forging Competition


 Six schools will be heading to Milwaukee, WI in a few weeks to test their Halligan bar for this year’s FIERF Forging Competition!

Each year, students come together to compete in the Forging Foundation’s Forging Competition. The Forging Competition is a great way for students to have a hands-on opportunity to learn more about forging while competing for prizes!

Send an email to the competing teams to wish them good luck and safe travels! (Click the corresponding links below to contact the team captains.)

Cleveland State University - The Vikings

Colorado School of Mines - Colorado School of Mines

Purdue Univeristy -  Purdue Breaking-and-Entering Specialists

The Ohio State University – HAMMERed

The University of North Texas - Well Tempered Texans

University of Cincinnati - Queen City Quenchers

We are looking for ideas of items for future competitions. Submit an idea below!

Women in Forging Lunch & Learn

FIA is hosting a Women in Forging Lunch & Learn on May 13, 2024 to help women in our industry connect, network, build relationships, empower each other, and learn from one another. This Lunch & Learn will take place at the International Women’s Air & Space Museum located in Cleveland, Ohio.

This Lunch & Learn will have two presentations – one on the Women in WWII Aviation, and another by Ann Over, President at AR NexGen, LLC. Attendees will also get to take a guided tour of the museum during the event.


Forging Foundation’s Fourth Silent Auction

The Forging Foundation (FIERF) is excited to announce their Fourth Annual Silent Auction fundraiser to take place at the FIA Annual Meeting of Members on April 20th.

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 to raise funds that support industry-relevant research to advance the science of forging and engage students through curriculum, experiential learning, and scholarships to encourage them to pursue careers in the forging supply chain.

Click here to download the silent auction donation form. There are only a few more days left to donate!

Thank you to the companies that have donated:

  • AAM - Columbus Manufacturing Facility
  • Alton Steel
  • AML
  • Bayfront/Sheraton Hotel
  • Campbell Press Repair
  • Chiz Bros
  • Cleveland Cavaliers
  • Cleveland Hardware and Forging Co.
  • Colorado School of Mines
  • Eaton Steel Bar Company
  • FIA
  • Finkl
  • Forge Resources Group
  • Forging Equipment Solutions
  • Jade-Sterling Steel
  • Jim & Sandy Warren
  • Ken Mathas
  • Keystone Forging & Hopkins Fishing Gear
  • Onex
  • Rose Metal Works
  • Scot Forge
  • Sharon Haverstock
  • Specialty Ring Products
  • Starbucks
  • Trenton Forging
  • Ulven Companies
  • Unit Drop Forge
  • Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co.
  • Weber Metals
  • XENA Workwear

ABANA’s 50th Anniversary & Conference

Join FIERF in Johnstown, PA for ABANA’s 50th Anniversary & Conference June 6-9, 2024. The Forging Foundation will have a table at the event providing a children’s activity for attendees to take part in and learn more about forging!

In addition to our table, there will be other forging demonstrations, classes, kids activities, a forging competition, vendors, food, and fun!

Interested in learning more?

Visit the conference webpage here.

If your company would like to get more involved and host an activity or demonstration, please contact Amanda at [email protected].

Workforce Grants & Tax Credits

FIA’s lobbyist at Franklin Partnership provides FIA with a document that contains the current workforce grants and tax credits that are available to companies to apply for. Click on the link here to view the current initiatives happening in your state.

Webinar: How FIERF Can Positively Impact
Your Business Operations

APRIL 29, 2024 – 1:30 PM (EDT) – VIRTUAL

How much do you know about the Forging Foundation (FIERF), FIA's 501(c)(3) supporting organization? A valuable asset to the organization, FIERF builds our future workforce by promoting our industry, awarding scholarships, identifying and sharing employment opportunities and encouraging participation in forging research and projects.

We invite you to join us for this one-hour webinar to learn about how partnering with FIERF can directly impact your business.


Angela Gibian
Executive Director
Amanda Dureiko
Sr. Manager, Foundation & Workforce Development


Registration: FREE for FIA Members