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CISA (Casting Industry Suppliers Association)


Tuesday – November 7th

CISA Board of Directors Meeting    

3:00-5:30 pm

Wednesday – November 8th

8:00 – 9:00 Registration

8:15 Continental Breakfast


CISA Credit Group

9:00am – Noon     Meeting & Clearances

12:00 – 1:15 pm      Lunch

1:00 – 3:00 pm     Credit Clearances


General Session


8:30 –  8:45am     Presidents Message, Mike Bartol MTI

8:45 –10:15 am    Raymond W. Monroe, Executive Vice President, Steel Foundry Society of America Steel Casting and the Future

  • Raymond is an annual speaker at our fall meeting and typically discusses the most relative factors affecting steel production and casting. Steel will give his insight and  predictions on what Steel foundries will be doing in 2018.


10:15 – 10:30am   Break


10:30 – 11:30am   Patricio Gil, CEO Blackhawk De Mexico, “Blackhawk Foundry, AFS & Foundry Trends”

We welcome Patricio to Chicago and appreciate his service with AFS as our current president. Patricio will give us a virtual tour of Blackhawk Foundry and tell us about his first six months as AFS President. He will also share the AFS generated foundry trends and predictions.


11:30 – 12:00am Member Company Profile


12:00 – 1:15pm     CISA Luncheon


1:15 – 2:15pm       Stephanie Salmon, Vice President Governmental Affairs – AFS” “Government Update “. 

Coming off the heels of a very successful Governmental Affairs conference, Stephanie will reflect on some of the most important issues facing our industry. 


General Session


2:15 – 3:45pm     Ted Schorn, VP Quality and Technology – ENKEI, Quality, Safety & Automotive Trends”

Many of us know Ted through his involvement with AFS and appreciate his many years of service.  Enkei is the world’s largest producer of aluminum road wheels and a globally significant producer of aluminum foundry products, utilizing both low pressure and tilt-pour gravity processes. Ted will share information about ENKEI and the industry. He will discuss Quality and Safety statistics/programs and from his perspective, future automotive demands and requirements.

3:45pm – 4:00pm      Break

4:00pm – 5:00pm Phillip Heston, Vice President- Alter Metal RecyclingFoundry Supply and Transportation issues “– Phillip will inform us of the challenges and demands following the recent Hurricanes in Florida and Texas. He will also discuss significant transportation and scrap issues facing the foundry industry. 


5:30 – 6:00 pm     Cocktail Reception


6:00 pm                Dinner


Thursday – November 9th

General Session


8:45am-9:15am   “CISA Statistics Update” – This will be an expanded session this year.  The membership is considering new categories such as resin coated sand, ceramics and distributors. Let us know what additions are important to you?


9:15 – 10:15 am    Betsy Pierson, CFA Senior Vice President and Chief Investment Officer, Alpine Trust and Investment Group “Investing in 2018”  – Betsy will discuss current events, including the recent hurricanes, political climate and other significant factors, which may contribute to the overall economy and investments.  


10:15-10:30am – Break


10:30 -11:45 am   Dick Haun, CMRP CRL Foundry Operations Area Manager & Eric Pansegrau, Director of Operations – Accuride

Hear from Dick and Eric who have one of the largest foundries in Illinois.   Get a PowerPoint tour of Accuride/Gunite and learn important facts surrounding truck casting requirements.

11:45 – 12:00pm President Bartol “Closing Remarks”