Forging Industry Association
December 2017 Quick Read Newsletter

Welcome, New Members

FIA is pleased to welcome three new members to the association: producer Edgerton Forge and suppliers Jade-Sterling Steel and Nikolic Industries.

Jade-Sterling Steel Co. is located in Twinsburg, Ohio, and supplies round steel bar to the North American forging industry. Scott Herman, president, will serve as official representative.

Edgerton Forge, Inc.
, is located in Edgerton, Ohio, and produces open die forgings for the industrial equipment, off-highway and agriculture, power generation, automotive, hardware, oil field and railroad markets. Karl J. Goy, president and general manager, will serve as the company’s official representative to FIA.

Nikolic Industries, Inc., is located in Sterling Heights, Michigan, and provides standard, perishable and contact tooling for forging presses, as well as maintenance tooling details. Tom Nikolic, sales/processing manager, will serve as official representative.


Midwest Members Meet New FIA President at Area Meeting


By William M. Hoban, President of Cleveland Hardware & Forging Co.

Happy new year, everyone! I hope you enjoyed your holiday season.

On January 9, 2018, Cleveland Hardware & Forging Co. hosted a Midwest Area Meeting. What is a Midwest Area Meeting you ask? It is a gathering of FIA member producers and suppliers, as well as potential members, from the Midwest region that occurs a couple of times a year. In most cases, these meetings are held in the Chicago area. Midwest Area Meetings involve networking, a lunch and a guest speaker.

For this particular meeting, I decided the best way to kick off 2018 would be to have Jim Warren, the new FIA president and CEO, as our guest speaker. We had over 90 attendees at the meeting. It was great to see all the smiling faces on the producers and suppliers in attendance. This can only mean one thing: 2018 will be a great year!

After all the initial networking, we had lunch followed by a presentation by Jim Warren. Jim started his tenure at FIA on December 4, 2017. Based on his presentation, he has been quite busy getting to know his staff as well as getting out to see 10+ member companies. In his short time with FIA, Jim has noticed some reoccurring themes in his discussions with members: there is a need for workforce development attraction and retention, and for training. Also, on the public policy side of things, there is an interest in tackling foreign competition issues.

During his presentation, Jim showed how he would use his best experiences and successes to lay out a plan for moving FIA forward. You can view Jim's entire presentation here.

This meeting was a great way to introduce Jim to the large Midwest group. I would encourage other regions to step up and host similar meetings with Jim as the guest speaker.

Wishing you all a happy and prosperous new year!



President Signs Tax Cuts and Jobs Act into Law

On December 22, 2017, the President signed into law H.R. 1, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the first major tax reform bill since 1986.

To see how key individual and business provisions will change under the new tax law, view and download Comparing Current Law and "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act," 2018from the Tax Policy Center (TPC).

The TPC is a joint venture of the Urban Institute and Brookings Institution. It is made up of nationally recognized experts in tax, budget and social policy who have served at the highest levels of government.



Watch for Lobby Day 2018 Registration Email

FIA will host its annual Lobby Day legislative meetings April 17–18, 2018, in Washington, D.C. The event features two days of office visits with key members of the U.S. House and Senate. FIA needs its members to participate to help bring issues affecting the forging industry to the attention of these elected officials. Registration and hotel information for Lobby Day 2018 will be emailed in February.




Forging Career Center Updated for Better User Experience

FIA’s Forging Career Center is now easier to navigate, thanks to updates that have been made to the user interface.

The search tabs on the jobs listing page for job seekers have been recolored for greater contrast. Icons for saved jobs have been updated, so it is easier for users to see and apply for listings they have saved. The background color for each listing now alternates between gray and white, which eliminates any confusion about where one listing ends and another begins.

The Forging Career Center is part of the Engineering & Science Career Network, an alliance of job boards dedicated to companies in engineering- and science-related industries. Job postings created using the Forging Career Center are automatically shared on more than 40 other job boards throughout the Engineering & Science Career Network. This ensures forging companies that utilize the service are reaching a broad range of candidates from multiple industries.

FIA members can submit a 30-day job posting for $295. The non-member rate for a 30-day posting is $495. Internship postings are free for members and non-members, so hiring managers can try out the platform risk-free. For a complete list of posting options and enhancements, visit

The navigation updates to the Forging Career Center do not affect current job postings.



Non-Members: Take Advantage of Forging University’s Flexible Subscription Options

FIA provides unlimited use of its Forging University online training program for members, but it also offers flexible, affordable subscription options for non-members. This enables non-members to try Forging University before joining the association or investing further in the service.

Companies that are not FIA members can subscribe to the complete Forging University catalog for three months for $1,595, six months for $2,995, or one year for $5,000. If the company finds value in the training during the first three or six months and wants to continue using the platform, it might be beneficial for the company to join FIA. That’s because the $5,000 yearly Forging University subscription could more than cover the cost of FIA membership dues.

Forging University is available 24/7, so users can take courses at times that are best suited for their schedules. Courses can be completed in multiple sittings, allowing trainees to log on and off as needed throughout the day.

There are currently more than 100 courses offered through the Forging University program. Topics range from forging fundamentals to safety, human resources, sales and marketing. A complete course catalog is available online.

To see all the courses or learn more about registering, visit the Forging University page online. To learn more about how to become an FIA member, download the FIA membership application.


Compensation and Benefits Survey Now Open

Data collection for FIA’s 2017 Compensation and Benefits Survey is now open on the Dynamic Benchmarking platform. By participating in this survey, forging producer members can benchmark their compensation and benefits plans with data from other forging industry companies. This information is critical for those making hiring, pay and other workforce decisions.

Results reports can be generated by survey participants who complete at least 50 percent of each survey section. To access the survey, visit, click “Data Collection & Reports” under the “Hourly and Management Compensation and Benefits” heading, and sign in using your FIA website login credentials. Further instructions about data entry and the Dynamic Benchmarking platform are available in the FIA Benchmarking Quick Start Guide.





FIERF to Host Tech & Workforce Development Summit at Cal Poly

FIA members are invited to participate in the Tech & Workforce Development Summit hosted by the Forging Industry Educational & Research Foundation (FIERF) on the campus of California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, California. The event will be held Wednesday, January 31, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At the Tech & Workforce Development Summit, participants can:

  • Develop research partnerships to address issues at their plants.
  • Get the inside scoop on internship and new hire opportunities.
  • Meet FIERF Magnet School Professor Blair London and other faculty and students.
  • See student forging research project results.
  • Tour lab facilities to see capabilities.

There is no cost to attend the summit, but preregistration is required. Please contact Karen Lewis, FIERF executive director, at 216-862-6967 or [email protected] with names and titles of your team members who would like to participate. Detailed information regarding the event agenda, location, parking and more will be emailed to registrants prior to the summit.



High Strength, High Toughness Micro-Alloyed Forgings Produced with Relaxed Forging Conditions and No Heat Treatment Update Available

A report outlining the current status of this FIERF-sponsored research conducted at the University of Pittsburgh in conjunction with MFC Group in Meadville, Pennsylvania, is now available to FIA Members in the Technical Library.

Having completed the experimentation phase for the project, the immediate agenda is composed of initial full-size forgings at the MFC production facilities. These will include forging samples according to the typical MFC forging schedule, with a reheat temperature of 1150°C, deformation temperatures at approximately 1050°C(1922 F)[first hit] and 1000°C(1832 F)[second hit], and various cooling schedules.

Initially, a sample will be water quenched upon completion of the second forging deformation. This is done to determine the Prior Austenitic grain structure of the samples under actual forging conditions, as well as the mechanical properties of a Martensitic structure in the final part. Upon completion of the water quench samples, samples will be processed with an air cool to room temperature following the second deformation. These samples will be analyzed for the mechanical properties and metallurgical analysis of a Ferritic and Pearlitic microstructure.

To read more, visit the Technical Library.


Literature Review – Laboratory Testing to Identify Permanent PVD Coatings to Minimize Lubricants Use During Forging Posted in Technical Library

One of the industry-wide objectives identified in the Forging Industry Technology Roadmap is the reduction of lubricant use during forging. Toward that goal, this FIERF-funded research effort at the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) will test permanent PVD coatings that may minimize lubricant use during forging. The initial focus of the project is to develop a laboratory test to quantitatively measure the impact of permanent PVD coatings on the coefficient of friction between aluminum or steel workpieces and steel tooling. The first stage of the project has been to perform a literature review to understand the state-of-the-art in lubricous PVD coatings.



Nucor to Build Merchant-Bar-Quality Mill in Illinois (FORGE Magazine)
Ulven Forging has named Bryan Rumpca, general manager, as its new official representative to FIA. Rumpca will replace Jordan Reed in this role.
TimkenSteel Corporation’s new official representative to FIA is Tim Haubenstricker, vice president of sales. Haubenstricker will assume the role from Shawn Seanor, who retired from the company.
Urrea Herramientas Profesionales has named Carlos Gutierrez, director of manufacturing, as its new official representative to FIA. Gutierrez will replace Alejandro Gutierrez in this role.

Upcoming Events

FIA Plant Engineering Committee Meeting
January 25, 2018
Elizabethtown, Kentucky
FIERF Tech & Workforce Development Summit
January 31, 2018
San Luis Obispo, California
FIA & FIERF Winter Board Meetings
February 7–8, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio
FIA Nominating Committee Meeting
February 27–March 1, 2018
Naples, Florida
FIA Lobby Day 2018
April 17–18, 2018
Washington, D.C.
2018 FIA Annual Meeting of Members
May 5–7, 2018
Palm Beach, Florida
FIA Theory & Applications of Forging & Die Design
June 11–14, 2018
Cleveland, Ohio
Forging Industry Technical Conference
September 11–12, 2018
Long Beach, California

2018 FIA Fall Meeting of Members
October 22–24, 2018
Fort Worth, Texas