FIA Midwest Meeting of Members

Event Date: Tuesday, January 23, 2024 to Tuesday, January 23, 2024




Join your forging industry peers for the FIA Midwest Meeting of Members taking place at AMADA America 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 AMADA showroom. Click here to view the schedule of events.


FIA Forging PAC Wine & Bourbon Pull: FIA will be hosting a wine and bourbon pull fundraiser to raise money for the Forging PAC. Bottles will be $100/each with a chance to randomly select a bottle valued at over $200. Donations will be taken in check or credit card.



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.



The Fundamentals of Forging 101 Workshop will take place following this event on January 24, 2024. Please see detailed information below. Separate registration is required.

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


About AMADA:

The AMADA Solution center is a 133,000 sq. ft. facility set on 10.5 acres – a stunningly designed example of AMADA’s commitment to redefine performance and reliability while giving you a voice in the process. It showcases the latest advances in automation, laser cutting, press brakes, punching, robotic bending and much more – all resulting from AMADA’s global position as a single-source provider for the manufacturing industry.


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


Fundamentals of Forging 101 Workshop

January 24, 2024

Finkl Steel

The FIA is excited to welcome back W.L. Bud Kinney to 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 casting, 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.  Click here to view the course schedule.

Click the red button below to register online:




About the Instructor:

Bud has a bachelor’s degree in marketing, development, and strategic planning. He also a Mechanical Engineering BME. He works with the Engineering – Mechanical Advisory Committee at Cleveland State University where he was previously the Chair.


Plant Tour: Finkl Steel - Chicago

1355 E 93rd St, Chicago, IL 60619


Finkl Steel is the world’s leading supplier of forging die steels, plastic mold steels, die casting tool steels and custom open-die forgings, processing over 200,000 tons of steel each year. Their products are manufactured at four production facilities in Chicago, Detroit, Houston and Quebec. With more than 100 patents, Finkl Steel® sets worldwide standards including being the first steel manufacturer in America to receive ISO 9001 certification.


If you have questions about this course and registration, please contact Gabby Schultz at or call (216) 781-6260.

Please note this is a separate event and will require pre-registration


Suggested Hotels: (Note: No Room Block Contracted):
Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Schaumburg, IL
1401 N. Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60195
(847) 839-1010

Holiday Inn Chicago - Schaumburg
1998 N. Roselle Road
Schaumburg, IL 60195
(847) 885-0101
Participants are responsible for their own hotel and travel arrangements.