Forging Automation 101 Workshop 2019

Event Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019 to Wednesday, August 21, 2019

FIA is pleased to present a program specifically developed to give forgers a first-hand look into how robotics and automation can help forging companies increase productivity, lower costs and improve workplace safety. The FIA Forging Automation 101 Workshop and Plant Tours will take place on August 20-21 in Monroe (Metro-Detroit), Michigan.


As a program participant you will:


Program Agenda:


Tuesday, August 20

12:00 p.m.       Registration and Buses Depart Holiday Inn Express

                        1687 N. Dixie Hwy, Monroe, MI 48162

(Attendees leave cars at hotel)

1:00 p.m.         Trenton Forging plant tour

                        2331 Toledo St.

                        Trenton, MI 48183

2:30 p.m.         Depart for Eaton Steel

27 min to Eaton Steel

10221 Capital St.

Oak Park, MI 48237

3:00 p.m.         Eaton Steel plant tour 

4:30 p.m.         Depart for LASCO

55 min to LASCO

615 Harbor Ave, Monroe, MI

5:30 p.m.         LASCO plant tour

6:30 p.m.         Dinner sponsored by LASCO

(tent event on grounds of LASCO)

9:00 p.m.         Return to Holiday Inn Express

5 min to Holiday Inn from LASCO


Wednesday, August 21

8:00 a.m.         Gerdau Steel plant tour

                        3000 E Front St., Monroe, MI

(drive own vehicles to plant)

9:30 a.m.         Forging Automation 101 Workshop

Monroe County Community College

Lecture Hall L140

1555 S. Raisinville Road, Monroe, MI 48161

9:30 a.m.         Forging 101 Presentation

Jim Morris, President

Automated Cells & Equipment

11:00 a.m.       Forging Automation 101 Panel Session

                       Moderator:  Mike Gill, LASCO

Dane Moxlow, Trenton Forging

Brandon Wilke, Klein Tools

Terry Chilson, Hendrickson

Ken Griffard, Modern Forge

Jack Ryan, Estwing

Damien Junkulis, Eaton Steel

12:30 p.m.       Lunch

1:00 p.m.         Vendor Presentations



2:30 p.m.        Workshop conclusion


If you are interested in exploring future trends in automation and robotics for your shop, this is the program for you. Registration for the FIA Forging Automation Workshop and Plant Tours will be opening soon. If you have questions about the program, please contact Angela Gibian at 216-781-6260 or  



Guests will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the workshop.

A shuttle bus will be provided for the plant tours on August 20, departing from Holiday Inn Express & Suites and returning there after dinner. Participants not staying at the Holiday Inn Express are encouraged to park there and board the tour bus. No transportation will be provided on August 21.




If you have questions please contact FIA Manager of Events, Angela Gibian at