2023 Midwest Meeting of Members

Event Date: Tuesday, January 24, 2023 to Tuesday, January 24, 2023


Join your forging industry peers for the FIA Midwest Meeting of Members taking place at Bystronic, Inc. This event will provide a great opportunity for you to network and get an update on what's happening in the industry, while also enjoying lunch and touring the Bystronic showroom. Bystronic is a globally leading technology company in the area of sheet metal processing.


Registration Fee: $150
*This is an FIA Member Only Event


To register for this meeting, please click the red button below and fill out the online registration form.



If you have questions, please contact Gabby Schultz at gabby@forging.org or call (216) 781-6260.


2200 W Central Road
Hoffman Estates, IL 60192


January 24, 2023

11:00 am.    Check-in

11:30 a.m.   Welcome from Bystronic, Inc.

11:45 a.m.   FIA Presentation by Jim Warren, President & CEO

12:00 p.m.   Lunch 

12:30 p.m.   Economic Update:  Early Analysis of the Year

Dr. Chris Kuehl, Armada Corporate Intelligence

1:30 p.m.     Bystronic, Inc. Showroom tour

3:00 p.m.     Adjourn


About the Panel

Economic Update:  Early Analysis of the Year

Dr. Christopher (Chris) Kuehl is the author of Quick Read Economic Update and a frequent speaker at industry events.  Chris is the managing director of Armada Corporate Intelligence and one of the co-founders of the company. He has been Armada's economic analyst and has worked with a wide variety of private clients and professional associations in the last 18 years. He is the chief economist for the National Association for Credit Management (NACM). He prepares NACM's monthly Credit Managers Index.


Chris makes approximately 100 presentations each year to business and industry associations in the U.S. and overseas, and is available to speak at FIA member company events for a reduced rate.  He has a doctorate in Political Economics, advanced degrees in Soviet Studies and Asian Studies and was a professor of international economics and finance for over 15 years prior to starting Armada. Questions, comments and requests for speaking engagements for Chris can be sent care of info@forging.org


Fundamentals of Forging 101 Workshop

January 25, 2023

Harper College

The FIA is excited to welcome back W.L. Bud Kinney instruct our Fundamentals of Forging 101 Workshop following the FIA Midwest Meeting of Members. This workshop will teach the fundamentals of the forging process in language that attendees can understand, regardless of their experience level. As technology advances, it is becoming more important for buyers and forging professionals to understand the science behind the forging process and how it compares to other processes such as castings, weldments, or machining from bar. The workshop will also cover how forgings are made, and how quality is added through each step of the forging process.


Registration is now open - click here to register.

If you have questions, please contact Gabby Schultz at gabby@forging.org or call (216) 781-6260.


Please note this is a separate event and requires pre-registration


Suggested Hotels (Note: No room block contracted)

Hilton Garden Inn Hoffman Estates

2425 Barrington Road

Hoffman Estates, IL 60195

(847) 277-7889


Hyatt Place Chicago/Hoffman Estates

2750 Greenspoint Parkway

Hoffman Estates, IL 60169

(847) 839-1800

Participants are responsible for their own hotel and travel arrangements.