Our History

In 1919, the Casting Industry Suppliers Associations (formerly known as the Foundry Equipment and Materials Association) was formed. The common problems of the war and post-war period highlighted the need for effective group action to advocate for the interests of the manufacturers of foundry equipment and materials. Our organization will soon be celebrating 100 years, which is a testament to the long standing membership.   It is no accident that CISA members do better than those who do not belong to our strong organization.

Today, the need for group rather than individual action is apparent as past challenges and opportunities still exist. Therefore, CISA members are committed to making significant contributions to the casting industry. CISA members believe the casting industry can thrive, and continue to be an integral part of that effort because they represent proactive companies that are concerned with producing positive outcomes.

Our Mission

Our mission is to provide quality information, education and business networking opportunities to help our members improve their business.  We work with international institutions to benefit the casting industry and foster rewarding professional and business relationships.

Our Code of Ethics

CISA seeks to promote ethical behavior and help support civil and criminal law by discouraging universally undesirable conduct and unlawful activities, as well as to enhance the economic efficiency of the industry and the overall public good.

Our Governing Bylaws

CISA’s bylaws detail the association’s mission and its guidelines for membership including dues, annual meetings, and the election of officers.  These bylaws serve as a map for general operations of the group and are reviewed on a regular basis to be accordance with existing national and international law.

Our Staff

Mike Bartol

     Mike is Vice President Metalcasting-America for MTI Metalcasting/American Colloid Company.  He began his career 39 years ago with Chier St. Marie Sand Co., now Badger Mining Corporation. He then moved into technical foundry sales for AIMCOR, Unimin and AMCOL International in Bentonite based products.  His career spanned operations, technical sales and Group Management for sales and service teams involved with sand and bentonite products.
     He is currently involved with development and implementation of new sales of bentonite and specialty sands in Mexico and South America along with key account responsibility in the United States. Mike has been very involved with AFS having chaired the  Molding Methods and Materials Division Four Executive committee and Greensand Molding committee 4M. He has participated on the AFS Division Council and  is a long time member of the Northeastern Chapter of AFS.  In addition to his current duties of CISA President, Mike is also past President of the Cope & Drag organization.  Mike attended Lakeland College and the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh where he majored in Business and Sociology.

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Lew Fish

Immediate Past President

Lew received his Bachelor’s Degree from Fresno State University, and began his career with Great Lakes Carbon working in the Minerals Division of their Coke Calcining plant in Wilmington, CA. In 1984, Lew was transferred to their Graphite Division and worked in Technical Service before taking over a Sales Territory selling Graphite Electrodes. In 1987, Lew went to work for Superior Graphite selling graphite electrodes and powdered graphite and carbon.

In 1991, Lew went to work for Asbury Carbons handling their overseas sales, and, in 2005, became Vice President of Sales.

Lew is an active member of his community belonging to the Easton Pa Rotary Club and sitting on the board for The Foundation for Easton Schools.

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Mark Morse

1st Vice President (SELEE Corp.)

Contact Mark:  mmorse@selee.com

Steve Ryan

2nd Vice President (Badger Mining Corp.)

Contact Steve:  SRyan@badgerminingcorp.com

Mark Ziegler

CISA Executive Director

Contact Mark:  mark@cisa.org

Featured Companies

These companies have provided the leadership and commitment to the CISA organization, which is vital to the sustainability and growth of Metalcasting Industry.

Thanks to Lew Fish, Immediate Past President. We appreciate your leadership as President of the Casting Industry Suppliers Association.  Your service during your term as President has been of significant influence to the growth and strengthening of our association.