Forging Foundation News May 2024

Forge the Future Camps - Sponsors and Volunteers Needed!


Sponsorships and company participation are needed to help expose the students to the forging industry and companies near them!


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

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.

Thank You Sponsors:


4th Annual Forging Foundation Golf Outing Registration Open


Join your forging industry colleagues on the golf course for the 4th Annual Forging Foundation (FIERF) Golf Outing.

This year’s outing will take place at the Sand Ridge Golf Club located in Charon, OH - 45 minutes east of downtown Cleveland. The history of Sand Ridge Golf Club speaks volumes about vision and dedication, nestled in the scenic surroundings of Chardon, Ohio. Established in 1998, the club was born from the collective devotion of its founders to establish a top-notch golfing venue in Northeast Ohio. At the core of its creation was the quest for architectural excellence, reflected in the acclaimed course design by the globally renowned golf course architect, Tom Fazio. The Sand Ridge Golf Course has been honored to host a variety of prestigious golf tournaments such as The Egg Invitational, The Conway Cup, and The Korn Ferry Tour Qualifying School. Placed in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, these stunning golf courses showcase the exquisite beauty of rolling countryside, dramatic elevation shifts, distinct wetlands, and an array of mature hardwoods. The remarkable 350-acre land is guaranteed to surpass expectations in every respect.

Funds raised from this golf outing will support the Forging Foundation (FIERF)


Click the button below to register online.

A limited number of sponsorship opportunities are available for this outing. Click here to download the sponsorship brochure. Sponsorships will be secured on a first-come-first-served basis. If you have questions regarding sponsorship, please contact Tricia Abruzzino at [email protected].

Thank You Sponsors:





Sponsor a Forging Club!


FIERF is excited to announce the winners of the first-ever Forging Club Grant. FIERF committed to awarding four $5,000 Forging Club Grants to schools that are interested in starting or continuing Forging Clubs at their school. Awarded schools are committed to compete in FIERF’s Forging Competition and start an official Forging Club at their school.

There were 12 organizations that applied for the grant and the four that were selected to receive the award are:

There were eight schools that did not receive the grant but are still looking to start or continue a Forging Club. Lehigh Heavy Forge Corporation has committed to sponsoring one of the schools, Millersville University. We are encouraging other FIA members to sponsor a club at a school near them.  

Contact Amanda at [email protected] for more information.

Meet the Newest Members of the FIERF Board of Trustees


Kevin Seidel
Vice President-Metallurgy & Quality
Canton Drop Forge
Dr. Tracy P. Pierner
Blackhawk Technical College
Jeff Hoerr
General Manager-Sales & Quality
Alton Steel Inc.
Zach Herbert
Engineering Manager
Standard Forged Products, LLC


Justin Dzik, Manager, Business Development at Fives North American Combustion, Inc. has been appointed President of FIERF and Kevin Seidel, Vice President-Metallurgy & Quality at Canton Drop Forge has been appointed Vice President of FIERF.

A special thank you to the trustees who have completed their terms.  We are very grateful for your support and time that you have given throughout the years.

Robert Brodhead – American Axle & Manufacturing
Jim Kravec – Weber Metals
Ray Nejadfard - Cuyahoga Community College

FIERF Forging Competition Results



This year, students had the opportunity to compete in creating a Halligan bar. Each bar was put through a series of tests appropriate to the application.  The bars were tested in prying, punching, twisting, and striking.  All submissions included a Halligan bar, a project video, and technical report documenting the design and manufacturing process.

Congratulations to the 2024 FIERF Forging Competition winners!
Grand Prize Winner - Cleveland State University
Best Design & Process - Colorado School of Mines
Best Authentic Bar - University of Cincinnati
Best Forging - Cleveland State University
Best Video - The Ohio State University
Best Performance - Cleveland State University


Thank you to all who participated!
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


Each year, students will 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! Next year’s competition will be held at Forge Fair May 13-15, 2025 in Cleveland, OH. The item will be announced soon!

FIERF Grants Funding for Five New Research Projects


The Technology Committee and FIERF Board of Trustees have reviewed the research grant requests and are pleased to announce the following projects have been approved for funding.

Investigation of Anti-Scale High Temperature Coatings for Forging Steel Alloys - Cleveland State University

The Role of Induction Heating in Microstructure Evolution - University of Florida

Design of a Micro-scale Forging Machine for Rapid Assessment of Additive Manufactured Die-head Coatings for Die-head Repair - University of North Texas

Development of a Joint Modeling- and Experimental-Based Methodology to Evaluate Heat Checking Resistance in Open-Die Forge Tooling - Michigan Technological University

Exoskeleton for Reducing Injuries in the Forging Industry - Cleveland State University

FIERF Silent Auction - Thank You


The Forging Foundation held its Fourth Annual Silent Auction at the FIA Annual Meeting of Members in Colorado Spring, CO.  The Silent Auction raised over $29,000! All proceeds raised from the Silent Auction go toward the Forging Foundation in supporting 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.

The Silent Auction had an assortment of donations consisting of sporting tickets, forged items, jewelry, outdoor accessories and much more!  Attendees had the opportunity to bid on the items donated during the Sunset Reception.

A special thank you to all of the companies that donated to help make this event possible. We couldn’t have done it without your support!

·    Alton Steel
·    American Axle & Manufacturing
·    AML Industries Inc.
·    Campbell Press Repair
·    Chiz Bros
·    Cleveland Cavaliers
·    Cleveland Hardware & Forging
·    Colorado School of Mines
·    Eaton Steel Bar Company
·    Ellwood City Forge
·    Finkl Steel
·    Forge Resources Group
·    Forging Equipment Solutions
·    GV Art+Design
·    Integrated Heat Treating Solutions
·    Jade-Sterling Steel
·    JaneMarie Underys
·    Jim & Sandy Warren
·    Ken Mathas
·    Keystone Forging & Hopkins Fishing Gear
·    Onex
·    Park Ohio
·    Rose Metals
·    Scot Forge
·    Sharon Haverstock
·    Sheraton Hotel and Resorts
·    Specialty Ring Products
·    Tkach Consulting
·    Trenton Forging
·    Ulven Companies
·    Unit Drop Forge
·    Valley Forge & Bolt Mfg. Co.
·    Weber Metals

Workforce Grants & Tax Credits


FIA’s lobby firm, The 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.