CISA Mission is to:
companies in order to facilitate growth and prosperity by providing
information, education and business opportunities, and by
interfacing with other industry associations
around the world to benefit the casting industry while fostering rewarding
professional and business relationships.
We are delighted to share the
Chuck Fowler receives Keating Founders’ Freedom Award.
The American Foundry Society (AFS) awarded Fairmount
Minerals’ CEO, Chuck Fowler, with the Keating Founders’ Freedom award.
The award was announced by the AFS during their annual
Executive Conference, held September 16-18 in Miami Beach, Florida.
The Keating Founders’ Freedom award recognizes
significant contributions to the foundry industry and active participation
in the fields of government affairs, human resource management, safety,
health and education.
Help us congratulate Chuck!
WELCOME TO PRINCE MINERALS
Prince Minerals is a leading international processor
and marketer of specialty industrial minerals with an important position in
numerous industrial and agricultural applications. Headquartered in New York
City, with production facilities and sales offices worldwide, Prince
Minerals is able to supply our customers with quality products on a global
basis. We successfully combine the expertise of our employees, longstanding
relationships with key raw material suppliers, and the financial strength of
our private equity backers. Our mission is to continue building a preeminent
industrial minerals company based on outstanding customer support, technical
expertise, and continual improvement of our facilities and capabilities.
Visit prince minerals now.
CISA MEMBER GETS AWARD
Past president of CISA, Sara Joyce of Badger Mining
Corporation received the "Ezra Kotsin Service Citation"
under "Molding Methods & Materials" at the 116th Metalcasting Congress,
April 17-20, 2012 in Columbus, Ohio.
Soderlund receives the prestigious CISA
Since 1987, the Casting Industry Suppliers Association
(CISA) Presidents Award has been given by the current president, to the
person who, in their sole opinion, best meets the award inscription; “In
Recognition of his/her Commitment to the Principals and Goals that Unite Our
President George Whitehead presented the 2011 trophy to
Donald Soderlund of Prince Minerals Inc., at the 2012 CISA Spring Conference
in Bonita Springs, Florida.
Whitehead commented that Soderlund had been involved
with CISA in the capacity of a CISA Board Member and had supported CISA in
all of its endeavors.
The trophy, which is named Orbiter I, was created by
Stephen Canetto, an internationally recognized artist. The trophy bears the
names of many industry leaders and contributors to the continued success of
the association which has been in existence since 1919.
Launches New Website
Under Same Web Address,
New Site Provides Improved Navigation and Searching, Rich
Content, and Additional Features.
May 11, 2012, Chicago, IL, Superior Graphite has launched its new Content
Management System website,
www.superiorgraphite.com. The streamlined and aesthetically appealing
global site, created by ThomasNet Web Solutions, encompasses Superior
Graphite’s commitment to creating value for customers through technological
advancements and superior quality. Customers will be able to identify
graphite and carbon solutions to meet their application demands more
promptly and efficiently. Additionally, contact information is readily
accessible for further custom solution discussions. Based on web analytics
research, the site offers:
- Streamlined navigation
tools and user-friendly graphic displays
- Rich content provided by
Superior Graphite’s scientists, engineers, and market specialists
- Detailed contact
information readily accessible on every page
- “Request more info” icon
on each page to submit information and request information
- “Printable page” and
“email a page” icons throughout to share with key decision makers
- Direct access to
LinkedIn and Facebook pages to learn latest news and developments
"Thank you for visiting our newly redesigned website. We hope it is
informative, instructive, and most of all user-friendly in order to access
the information that interests you most - efficiently and effectively. We
also hope that via whatever method you find most useful, you are able to
spend some time to get to know the unique capabilities and solutions we
offer today, or could, with your further assistance, in the future,” said Ed
Carney, President and CEO of Superior Graphite. “Please explore with us new
opportunities that help expand the exciting world of graphite and carbon. As
always, we appreciate any feedback to make your experience more enjoyable
Superior Graphite continues to forge new carbon and graphite frontiers.
Discover new solutions by visiting the new and improved
Superior Graphite, headquartered in Chicago, IL, was founded in 1917.
Delivering unparalleled quality, Superior Graphite specializes in thermal
purification, advanced sizing, blending and coating technologies, providing
value-added graphite and carbon-based solutions globally. Advanced
technologies are incorporated into every facet of the organization serving a
wide range of markets including: agriculture, battery, fuel cells, ceramic
armor, carbon parts, ferrous and nonferrous metallurgy, friction management,
hot metal forming, polymer and composites, powder metals, lubricity, and
performance drilling additives.
Effective January 15, 2012
IGC Technologies, LLC will officially become Prince Minerals, Inc.
and all communication, invoices, packing lists, bills of lading, purchase
orders and other communication will cease to have any identifiers of IGC
All product names and numbers remain the
Veinseal HMI ®
Denise Mielotz, Customer Service
With the transition to Prince Minerals you will be served by the same
great people and products, only to be expanded through a strengthened global
organization, better access to critical raw materials and enhanced research
Our first priority is to assure the smooth transition to your internal
processes. The name change will be followed by new packaging of
materials over the next few months. If you should have any concerns or
questions, please contact:
Alternately, feel free to contact one of our sales staff:
Prince Minerals - Metallurgical Division
Josh Werling, VP of Foundry Sales, NA -
Dylan Thomas, Regional Sales Manager -
Gary Baior, Technical Sales Manager -
John Colias, Key Account Manager -
NEW CISA Members.
Chem-Cast Ltd has re-joined CISA
Chem-Cast is a manufacturer of cores and molds for the foundry industry.
Jeff Craig, the Chem-Cast Limited President from Danville, Illinois
commented, on re-joining CISA, that they (Chem-Cast) had decided to return
to the things that had made them successful in the past, and that included
They are suppliers of cold box
and shell cores to the foundry industry and they have the capabilities to
blow both vertical and horizontal cores in cold box. Chem-Cast is ISO
ABP Induction LLC Joins CISA
Be Prepared for
Whatever Is Coming
Being prepared, whether it is for a date, a presentation, or the future,
will allow you to show off your best assets and help you feel safe.
If you prepare, although you may not remember every trick in the book,
you’ve probably read about them at some point, so you already have many of
the answers in your head.
No, you can’t constantly be ready for everything that life throws at you.
But by getting into the habit of preparing, you create a backlog of
emotional building blocks that you’ll be able to use later. Trust me on this
one please, there is no wasted effort here. Whatever you are preparing for
today, even if you don’t use it tomorrow, you will in the future.
Preparing emotionally is as important as preparing mentally and physically.
The best way I have found is to visualize, by imagining in your mind’s eye
what it is you are about to do. If it’s taking a test, see yourself passing
it. If it’s giving a speech, see the audience nodding their heads and
applauding (perhaps even laughing at your jokes). This technique of positive
visualization (sometimes called Guided Imagery) is used with cancer
patients, and I’m sure it will make you feel more prepared. It will also
help you succeed at the task in front of you.
Mental preparation requires that you have some familiarity with or have the
ability to learn about, what you need to do. They say men never bother to
read instructions. While that may have been the case before the technology
revolution, it’s not true these days. Life is way too complicated. You have
to at least look at the manual before you try and hook up that new video
Common sense preparation, like making a mental or written checklist before
you begin a project, old or new, is only going to make whatever you take on
easier. It will also help you think of things you may have missed, and you
won’t be wondering what the leftover parts are for.
Making a checklist might be a little over the top if you are just going out
for dinner and a movie, but it can be immensely helpful when you are doing
something as simple as going to the market. I wouldn’t know what to do
without to-do lists. They may be our single greatest aid when it comes to
getting things done and staying on track.
If required, taking safety precautions can also be a great preparation
technique. When you carefully organize your gear as you get ready to climb
the Matterhorn, you mentally practice using it. As you tee up your ball (and
look around to make sure you’re not about to pulverize your boss with your
Big Bertha driver), you are also preparing yourself to make a great shot.
Preparation is your friend, and it’s not nearly as painful as you thought.
NEWS FROM SUPERIOR GRAPHITE
SnowFree® : New De-icing and
SnowFree® is a heated pavement system developed by Superior
Graphite for outdoor surface heating to prevent the accumulation of, and to
melt ice and snow. The technology is featured in an Advisory Circular -
FAA’s No. 150/5370: AIRSIDE USE OF HEATED PAVEMENT SYSTEMS.
The SnowFree® system consists of a multi-layer construction
design: a base layer at the bottom, a formulated SnowFree® layer
in the middle, and an insulating layer on the top. The SnowFree®
layer contains a unique electrically conductive blend of graphite and
asphalt over an array of electrical conductors. The electrically conductive
asphalt layer is energized creating resistive heat, which radiates to the
surface. The system can be designed for voltage requirements range from 48
volts up to 480 volts. The power density at full load is between 30 W/sq ft
to 50 W/sq ft based on the location and weather severity. The time required
to reach the optimum operating temperature is approximately 2.5 hours based
on a power input of 45 W/sq ft and a starting temperature of 25oF
for a 7,500 sq ft area.
SnowFree® applications include sidewalks, driveways, docks,
ramps, bridges, high-speed exits, and sections of roadways and runways, etc.
SnowFree® systems have proven to provide safety, convenience,
efficiency, and reliability. Under winter conditions, SnowFree®
contributes to safe aircraft landing, safe vehicle transportation, and
increased pedestrian safety and efficiency of many business operations. The
SnowFree® layer meets the Federal Aviation Administration P401
specifications for airport surfaces, thus its durability and maintenance
equals that of regular asphalt currently used by airports. In addition
SnowFree® systems aid in the reduction of chemicals for de-icing
of surfaces leading to greener environment.
To learn more, contact Pinggui Wu, Business Development Scientist at
773-890-4111 or via email at
Ajax Tocco Acquires Assets from ABP Induction
BROOKFIELD, WI, January 10 –Ajax Tocco Magnethermic (“ATM”)
has acquired the assets and intellectual property formerly known as Pillar
from ABP Induction. The business provides induction systems and aftermarket
parts and service to a worldwide market. The sale includes the Brookfield,
WI and Sterling Heights, MI operations. ABP’s induction melting operations
in North Brunswick, NJ, and Massillon, OH are unaffected, as are its
international operations including ABP Induction Systems Shanghai,
previously Pillar Shanghai.
ATM will reinstate the name Pillar Induction and operate it
as a division of ATM. All Pillar products will continue to be sold and
markets served will continue to be supported. All personnel associated with
the Pillar products have been transferred to the new division. Customers of
Pillar products and services will continue to receive the benefit of the
relationships established with the existing operations. Thomas Illencik,
President of Ajax Tocco Magnethermic stated “The Pillar brand has a long and
respected history. We are excited to bring the technical heritage of Pillar
together with Ajax and Tocco. We look forward to expanding the sale of these
products through the ATM’s worldwide operations while we continue to serve
their existing customer base.”
Paul Decker, CEO of ABP Induction said “With excess capacity
in the US induction heating equipment market today and for the foreseeable
future we believe consolidation is necessary. This transaction provides an
attractive return to our shareholders while freeing resources for ABP to
focus on its core foundry market and induction heating outside of North
America, particularly in the rapidly growing markets.”
ABP and ATM are committed to ensuring uninterrupted support
for the customers through the transition. ABP Induction, LLC is a leading
provider of induction melting and heating systems and aftermarket services
to the global foundry, forging and steel industries. ABP Induction was
formed by the merger of ABB’s foundry services division with Pillar
Induction. ABP operates through sales, manufacturing and aftermarket
locations in the United States, Germany, Sweden, Brazil, Mexico, Thailand,
India, China, Russia and Japan.
Ajax Tocco Magnethermic is a global leader in the design and
manufacturing of world class induction heating and melting equipment for
various industries throughout the world. In addition ATM provides a wide
range of engineering and aftermarket services including laboratory process
development, preventative maintenance, equipment repair and parts, coil
repair, and installation services. Headquartered in Warren, Ohio, ATM has
manufacturing and service locations throughout the United States, Canada,
Germany, Poland, Belgium, China, Japan, Thailand, the UK, and Mexico.
Ajax Tocco Magnethermic
Thomas Illencik, President
ABP Induction, LLC
Paul Decker, CEO
LaFay receives the prestigious CISA Presidents Award
Since 1987, the Casting Industry Suppliers Association (CISA) Presidents
Award has been given by the current president, to the person who, in their
sole opinion, best meets the award inscription; “In Recognition of his/her
Commitment to the Principals and Goals that Unite Our Membership”.
George Whitehead presented the 2010 trophy to Victor LaFay of S&B Minerals
N.A. Inc, at the 2010 CISA Spring Conference in Ashville N.C.
Whitehead commented that
LaFay had been involved with CISA
in the capacity of
a CISA Board Member and as its President and had supported CISA in all of
The trophy, which is
named Orbiter I, was created by Stephen Canetto, an internationally
recognized artist. The trophy bears the names of many industry leaders and
contributors to the continued success of the association which has been in
existence since 1919.