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2017
Mar. 13-16 Specialty Alloy & Foundry, Mobile, AL
Mar. 22-24 NASCC, San Antonio, TX
Apr. 10-13 Research Committees Meeting, IA
Apr. 19-20 Steel Casting Technology Course, Rosemont, IL
Apr. 26 T&O Committee Meeting, Milwaukee, WI
May 9 Specifications Comm. Meeting, Toronto, Canada
May 16 Exec. Comm. & BOD Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
May 17 Spring Leadership Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
May 18 Marketing Committee Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
May 18-19 Finishing Meeting, Pittsburgh, PA
May 24-25 Steel Casting Technology Course, Rosemont, IL
Jun. 12-14 Research Review, Chicago, IL
Jun. 15 AF96 IPT Meeting, Chicago, IL
Jun. 21-22 Steel Casting Technology Course, Rosemont, IL
Jul. 12-13 AMC Technology Review, Chicago, IL
Jul. 19-21 Welding Meeting, Milwaukee, WI
Jul. 26-27 Steel Casting Technology Course, Rosemont, IL
Sep. 9-12 Fall Leadership Meeting, Lake Tahoe, CA
Sep. 21-22 Duplex/Heavy Section/Future Leaders Meetings, Vancouver, Canada
Oct. 18-19 Safety/HR Meeting, Milwaukee, WI
Nov. 14 Specifications Comm. Meeting, Atlanta, GA
Dec. 4-7 Defense Manufacturing Conference, Tampa, FL
Dec. 6-9 National T&O Conference, Chicago, IL

SFSA CASTEEL REPORTER

JANUARY - 2017

Casteel Commentary

This month’s Casteel Commentary reviews last year’s ideas from January about business in 2016 and proposes new directions for 2017. On the whole, I expect 2017 to turn out better than we have expected in our SFSA forecast. We will see growth as expected but I anticipate we will see double digit improvement from 2016 by the end of 2017.

Market News

The SFSA market trend cards show continued improvement for November in all categories but all still in negative territory. There is no clear indication of when our industry will see growth relative to the prior year but given the poor level of business in the first quarter of 2016, we should see year over year growth in the first quarter of 2017. Backlogs are stable and low, 6 weeks suggesting that in November the market was still well below typical operating levels. Six weeks backlog appears to be the lowest level that would be commonly reported with lower levels only reported in the depths of the severe drop in business in 2009.

Iron and steel casting orders and shipments reported by the Department of Commerce continued to decline and steel mill shipments remained at a low level in November. Capital Goods New Orders were similar to steel mill products being stable at a low level.

General market conditions have looked like they are improving. Correlated economic factors like steel production, oil and copper prices are higher and stable suggesting that improved market conditions are possible earlier this year.

 

Foreign Exchange Rates

 

Copper and Oil Prices

 

Financial stuff with jagged lines

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China GDP Annual Growth Rate

 

Real GDP

 

Effective Federal Funds Rate

 

Casteel Commentary

My results for 2016 ideas of conditions in the North American steel foundry industry:

  1. Steel casting demand will improve some by the end of 2016. The first quarter will be brutal as the markets adjust but then underlying economic demand for parts and equipment to keep the system going will require more steel casting production.

As seen in the market news, the trend by our SFSA trend cards show that we are down each month for the entire 2016. While the first quarter was brutal and we are up from low levels of then, our production based on comparison to a year ago is down for each month. So, this idea was not correct for 2016.

  1. The US dollar will remain strong and that will temper and hamper our competitiveness.

The US dollar remained strong relative to the Chinese yuan for most of the year and has recently begun again to strengthen. The dollar has continuously become stronger against the Euro. This stronger dollar has not been accompanied by rising commodity prices like oil and copper suggesting that this strengthening is only a currency valuation effect.

  1. Oil prices will bottom out around $30 a barrel in the first half of the year and recover to around $50 by the end of the year. Copper prices will remain depressed, above $2 a pound but below $2.50.

The price of oil and copper are closely linked to the demand for steel castings. Oil prices were at $30 a barrel at the beginning of the year but are now around $50 a barrel. Copper prices did better than anticipated and stayed above $2 a pound and have risen to around $2.5 a pound at year’s end.

  1. The fall in the stock market will exceed 30% and will likely be around 50% or a DJIA of under 12,000.

The stock market continued to defy gravity and climb to even higher levels than long term earnings and underlying value would suggest. The low interest rates have been seen by investors as support for higher multiples and stock values but this implies returns on stocks as low as the current interest rates. This expectation was wrong but suggests the possibility of this drop occurring this year.

  1. China will be stagnant at best, dampening industrial and commodity demand.

China claimed to continue to grow but at a much-reduced rate as seen in the graph. An over 6% growth rate in an economy this large is an important part of global demand but the fall from double digit rates and concern over an over built construction sector was in part responsible for the drop in commodity prices. China is still an important but unclear part of the future for 2017.

  1. The economy will have at least one quarter of negative growth (a weird way to say a shrinking economy that the financial press uses). It is more likely two so we will have a recession in 2016.

Growth for the US GDP did have a slow start under 1% for the beginning of the year but has since improved to over 3% in the 3rd quarter. The growth for Q4 and for 2017 is expected to be modest at around 2.5%. There is uncertainty over whether the change in direction with the new administration will release a more aggressive investment approach and a higher growth rate or will the lack of prior investment and slow growth of the labor force limit growth potential in 2017.

  1. Interest rates will remain stable and low while the market adjusts asset prices to more realistic levels and may have a small rise in the last half of the year.

Interest rates remained stable for the bulk of the year with a Fed Funds rate at 0.4%. Higher growth rates and improved wages make interest rate increases likely for 2017.

  1. Stainless casting demand will not be as poor as steel casting demand but is unlikely next year to see a strong recovery.

Stainless steel casting demand remained stronger than the demand for steel castings. Improving market conditions and low energy price should support improving demand. Instability in the world will make the US an increasingly attractive place for investment, especially as improvements in technology reduce the benefit of low wages in developing economies.

My Ideas for 2017 for the North American Foundry Industry:

  1. Business for steel foundries will be better than expected with real improvements in demand and production in all markets except railroad.
  2. There will be a significant downturn in the stock market to bring equities back in line with future cash flows and historic expectations for rates of return.
  3. Oil and copper prices will remain mostly stable finishing the year slightly above current prices, oil above $55 a barrel and copper above $2.5 a pound.
  4. The Fed Funds rate will reach 1% by year end.
  5. The dollar will continue to be strong making imports a greater challenge and exports more difficult.

Raymond

STEEL FOUNDERS' SOCIETY OF AMERICA
BUSINESS REPORT
SFSA Trend Cards 12 Mo Avg 3 Mo Avg November October September
(%-12 mos. Ago)
Carbon & Low Alloy
Shipments -20.4 -12.6 -5.5 -20 -12.2
Bookings -15.8 -4.6 -5.5 1.6 -10
Backlog (wks) 6.6 6.5 6 7.5 6
High Alloy
Shipments -16.1 -10 0 -10 -20
Bookings -11.2 -7.7 3.7 -17.5 -9.3
Backlog (wks) 6.5 6.4 6 6.8 6.4
Department of Commerce Census Data
Iron & Steel Foundries (million $)
Shipments 1,485.30 1,411.70 1,410 1,401 1,424
New Orders 1,532.50 1,482.70 1,500 1,438 1,510
Inventories 2,062.30 2,020.70 2,026 2,023 2,013
Nondefense Capital Goods (billion $)
Shipments 72.2 71.1 70.3 71.2 72
New Orders 70.4 71.6 64.7 80.2 69.9
Inventories 171.4 170 170.1 169.6 170.2
Nondefense Capital Goods less Aircraft (billion $)
Shipments 63.6 62.5 62.5 62.4 62.6
New Orders 63.7 63.1 63.6 63 62.7
Inventories 118.6 118.4 118.4 118.2 118.6
Inventory/Orders 1.9 1.9 1.86 1.88 1.89
Inventory/Shipments 0.8 1.9 1.89 1.89 1.89
Orders/Shipments 0.4 1 1.02 1.01 1
American Iron and Steel Institute
Raw Steel Shipments 7.1 6.8 6.7 6.8 6.8
(million net tons)

SFSA Leadership Meetings

Save the date to attend the SFSA Spring Leadership Meeting on May 17, 2017 in Pittsburgh, PA. This year’s meeting will include a tour of McConway & Torley on Wednesday morning and the meeting sessions on Wednesday afternoon. The marketing committee will meet Thursday morning and all are welcome to attend.

The Fall Leadership Meeting will be September 9-12, 2017 in South Lake Tahoe, CA. We look forward to your attendance and participation in this educational and networking meeting and welcome the opportunity to share new developments in the steel casting industry with you.

National Technical & Operating Conference

With the commitment of industry to both provide papers and participate, the 2016 T&O Conference continued the legacy of being the world’s premiere steel casting conference even during a depressed business climate. Thanks to the T&O Committee, the program offered a complete range of technical and operating subjects including: silica regulation, casting quality evaluation, equipment for finishing castings, welding practices, reclaiming wash, modeling and hydrogen. The workshop featured topics on: reducing quench cracking, manufacturing analysis software, weld microstructures, and Functional Counter-Gravity methodology.

The manufacturing analysis software to design castings, which was presented by Frank Peters of ISU, is available to members for download here (you must first be logged into the Steel Casting Wiki to access this link) along with Frank’s presentation. This free trial version of the software, ANA, can be used to analyze the impact of part design on the manufacturability of castings. It can be used as an aid to educate customers on why design decisions make a casting good or challenging to make. ISU would appreciate feedback on both the software functionality and the results ANA provides. These can be emailed to Frank at fpeters@iastate.edu.

The ASTM A255 hardenability calculator workbook (XLS file), which was presented by Dave Van Aken of MS&T, is likewise available to members to download at https://www.sfsa.org/folio/downloads/ along with Dave’s presentation. Dave’s presentation covers his extensive research to develop the workbook, which offers users the ability to readily calculate hardenability based on chemistry, hardness as a function of chemistry and tempering temperature and time, and impact of quench sensitivity.

Planning is already in the process for this year’s conference. If you would like to recommend a topic and presenter for the 2017 T&O, please contact David Poweleit at poweleit@sfsa.org.

The T&O showcased multiple university research projects supported by SFSA:

  • John DuPont (Lehigh University) talked about developing welding procedures and post weld heat treatments to restore mechanical properties of precipitation hardened stainless steels. Strength was almost recovered with the use of an optimized post weld heat treatment. Current work looks at taking advantage of multi-pass welding to recover strength in instances where PWHT cannot be done.
  • Charlie Monroe (UAB) discussed the use of quality index as a potential criterion to identify changes in the casting process. Robin Foley (UAB) presented characterization techniques used to understand and optimize properties of a low alloy, high strength steel.
  • Christoph Beckermann (UI) presented the initial findings of the air entrainment model that is being developed to predict entrainment during pouring of steel castings. Richard Hardin (UI) presented a summary of the work that they have done on modeling and CT analysis of high strength steel castings.
  • Scott Chumbley (ISU) discussed the results of their study on the effect of cooling rate on ferrite content in duplex stainless steels. Sigma formation was found at low cooling rates which may have affected the measurements. More work is needed to understand how much the phases change with cooling rate.
  • Sairam Ravi (UNI) talked about the use NIR spectroscopy to determine iron oxide in sand systems. The method was able to detect the different levels of black iron oxide but additional testing in steel foundries should be done. Scott Lammers (AFS) presented on strain life fatigue properties of carbon and low alloy steels. Data has been collected for WCB, 4330, and 8630, and is available in Casting Alloy Data Selector (CADS) at http://www.metalcastingvirtuallibrary.com/cads/cads.aspx.

Safety Awards

SFSA members set a new record for safety awards with thirteen members that received awards at the T&O conference last month for demonstrating an exemplary safety record for 2015. The awards are to recognize members that set the standard in safety practices and contribute to the improvement of the overall safety record for our industry.

The following three members achieved a “Perfect Safety Record” with a DART rate of 0:

  • Brafe Engineering Limited
  • Southern Cast Products – Jonesboro, AR
  • Viking Pumps

The following ten members achieved an “Outstanding Safety Record” with a DART rate less than 2, which is the 2015 industry average for all manufacturing:

  • Acerlan S.A. DE C.V.
  • Andritz, Inc.
  • Aurora Metals Division
  • Bradken-Amite
  • Eagle Alloy
  • Me Global, Inc. – Tempe, AZ
  • MetalTek International – Carondelet Division
  • MetalTek International – Wisconsin Centrifugal Division
  • MetalTek International – Investcast Division
  • Monett Metals

SFSA Scholarship Awarded

Recruiting students to join our industry and grow into leadership positions remains a critical need in the steel casting industry and a strategic initiative of the Society. The SFSA Schumo Foundation, established in memory of Robert M. Schumo, a former president of SFSA and Pennsylvania Electric Steel in recognition of his generous gift to the Society, aims to attract the next generation workforce by providing scholarships to student interns. To compete for the scholarships, interns are required to work at a member foundry and carry out a specific task or investigation and selected works are presented at the annual T&O conference. At the 2016 T&O, SFSA awarded a $1,000 Schumo Scholarship to Steven Richards of Andritz, Inc.

If you currently have or plan to have an intern work at your foundry in 2017, be sure to have them complete a scholarship registration form which the Society will distribute via email and on the SFSA website later this month.

Master Artisans

TSFSA, in creating an artisan program to develop the essential skills to train our next generation workforce, has encouraged members to nominate their highly skilled workers for Master’s recognition. There are two classifications of Masters. At the highest level is a Master Foundryperson who is a distinguished individual with expertise in all areas of the foundry and leadership skills, and contributes in an extraordinary way to the success of the organization. The other is Master Artisan, who has highly developed skills in one area of steel foundry production, such as melting, molding, and finishing. Recognizing these masters raises the value and status of these individuals, and creates good publicity for the company. Furthermore, these Masters will be able to guide the training and qualifications for future artisans.

The SFSA Board of Directors recently approved the creation of a guild. The SFSA Guild will consist of those individuals that have achieved Master Foundryperson, and will be responsible for reviewing future master nominations and providing oversight for the continued development of the artisan program.

The first member of the SFSA Guild and first to be recognized as Master Foundryman is Zed Howell, of Howell Foundry. Two additional Guild members were recognized at the 2016 T&O for achieving Master Foundryman in 2016 – Glenn McQuarter, Bay Cast Inc. and Steve Gear – Bradken-Tacoma. The new guild’s first order of business was to review a nomination from Effort Foundry for Edmond Yandrisevits, Vice President of Engineering, as Master Artisan. Edmond began his foundry career at Effort Foundry in 1981, using his construction engineering background to help design and build the foundry’s current location in Bath, PA. He has progressed through several positions at Effort Foundry, but found his true love in patterns and casting engineering and has personally rigged more than 15,000 patterns. In his current position as VP of Engineering, he manages the pattern shop, pattern receipt and pattern storage. He has been instrumental in the growth and success of the foundry. To this end, the Guild approved the recognition of Edmond Yandrisevits for Master Artisan in the areas of patternmaking and rigging. The Society plans to recognize him at this year’s T&O Conference.

New Regulatory Compliance Resources for SFSA Members

In case you missed the e-mail just after the New Year, SFSA sent out an electronic EHS compliance calendar to all members. The calendar was developed as part of our partnership with Guimond & Associates and includes important reminders, deadlines, and information to assist you in managing your foundry's environmental, health, and safety efforts. This year's calendar includes information on the new silica standard, air sampling, 2017 checklist, R form calculations, and more. If you have questions or need additional assistance, you may call Guimond & Associates (215) 721-4500, included as part of your membership with SFSA.

To download the calendar, visit the EHS section of the Steel Casting Wiki where you will also find a host of training materials and recorded webinars. SFSA will be busy adding new material to this section throughout the year. If there is something in particular you need to support your EHS program that is not on the website, please send your request to Ryan Moore.

Steel Casting Educational Course

After the recent Wear Castings meeting and with the gracious offer of support to the Society by Tom Stevens, SFSA is investigating the opportunity to develop a course for Steel Casting Technology. The tentative plan would be to do quarterly, 1 to 2 day meetings in a location such as Chicago over a year. Attendees would participate in all of the meetings as the material learned would build over the course. Participation would be limited to maintain a small working group. Multiple groups could be done in parallel if the interest is high. The course would cover both technical and operation topics including: basic metallurgy and heat treatment; foundry practice such as patterns, engineering, cores and molding; and melting and pouring. Tom’s extensive background in the steel foundry industry and in providing educational services will enable participants to walk away with a strong working knowledge of steel casting technology. There would be a nominal cost for participation. Again, the above plan is tentative and can be modified to meet the interest of members. Suggestions or interest in participating can be emailed to David Poweleit.

 

 

Archive of past Casteel Reporters

january17.pdf
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The January 2017 Casteel Reporter
october16.pdf
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The October 2016 Casteel Reporter
2017 SFSA Market Forecast.pdf
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The 2017 SFSA Market Forecast.pdf
august16.pdf
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The August 2016 Casteel Reporter
june16.pdf
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The June 2016 Casteel Reporter
may16.pdf
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The May 2016 Casteel Reporter
march16.pdf
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The March 2016 Casteel Reporter
january16.pdf
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The January 2016 Casteel Reporter
SFSA - Information Form.pdf
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SFSA Directory Information Form
october15.pdf
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The October 2015 Casteel Reporter
Cast Carbon Steels in AWS D1.1.pdf
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Exploring the Need to Include Cast Carbon Steels in Welding Procedure Specifications - A case is made for adding cast carbon steel grades in prequalified specifications to AWS D1.1
september15.pdf
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The September 2015 Casteel Reporter
july15.pdf
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The July 2015 Casteel Reporter
may15.pdf
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The May 2015 Casteel Reporter
april15.pdf
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The April 2015 Casteel Reporter
february15.pdf
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The February 2015 Casteel Reporter
2015-02-BestPapers2014.pdf
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Award-winning papers presented at the 2014 SFSA Technical & Operating Conference
january15.pdf
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The January 2015 Casteel Reporter
2015-01-CastingIndustryImage.pdf
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IFF Presentation
2015-01-ChinaTrends.pdf
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IFF Presentation
2015-01-SupplyChainImpact.pdf
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IFF Presentation
2015-01-ValvePumpSteelCstgTrends.pdf
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IFF Presentation
november14.pdf
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The November 2014 Casteel Reporter
october14.pdf
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The October 2014 Casteel Reporter
august14.pdf
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The August 2014 Casteel Reporter
may14.pdf
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The May 2014 Casteel Reporter
february14.pdf
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The February 2014 Casteel Reporter
december13.pdf
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The December 2013 Casteel Reporter
october13.pdf
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The October 2013 Casteel Reporter
august13.pdf
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The August 2013 Casteel Reporter
may13.pdf
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The May 2013 Casteel Reporter
april13.pdf
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The April 2013 Casteel Reporter
february13.pdf
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The February 2013 Casteel Reporter
january13.pdf
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The January 2013 Casteel Reporter
Forecast2013.pdf
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The 2013 SFSA Market Forecast
december12.pdf
(275kB)
The December 2012 Casteel Reporter
october12.pdf
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The October 2012 Casteel Reporter
july12.pdf
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The July 2012 Casteel Reporter
may12.pdf
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The May 2012 Casteel Reporter
march12.pdf
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The March 2012 Casteel Reporter
nffsseminar.pdf
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NFFS Foundry Noise Exposure Seminar information
february12.pdf
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The February 2012 Casteel Reporter
december11.pdf
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The December 2011 Casteel Reporter
forecast2012.pdf
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The 2012 SFSA Market Forecast as presented at the 2011 Technical & Operating Conference
october11.pdf
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The October 2011 Casteel Reporter
september11.pdf
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The September 2011 Casteel Reporter
july11.pdf
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The July 2011 Casteel Reporter
june11.pdf
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The June 2011 Casteel Reporter
april11.pdf
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The April 2011 Casteel Reporter
march11.pdf
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The March 2011 Casteel Reporter
january11.pdf
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The January 2011 Casteel Reporter
november10.pdf
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The November 2010 Casteel Reporter
october10.pdf
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The October 2010 Casteel Reporter
august10.pdf
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The August 2010 Casteel Reporter
201008eqp.pdf
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Equipment available
july10.pdf
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The July 2010 Casteel Reporter
SFSA Directory Information Form.pdf
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The form used to update foundry listings in the Directory of Steel Foundries
june10.pdf
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The June 2010 Casteel Reporter
may10.pdf
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The May 2010 Casteel Reporter
march10.pdf
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The March 2010 Casteel Reporter
february10.pdf
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The February 2010 Casteel Reporter
january10.pdf
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The January 2010 Casteel Reporter
FR74-209 CO2.pdf
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CO2 Emissions reporting rule
Combustible Dust FR ANPR 10-21-09.pdf
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Federal Register notice seeking input on development of a standard for combustible dust
december09.pdf
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The December 2009 Casteel Reporter including graphs and attachments
toptenoshaviolations09.pdf
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Top Ten OSHA Violations
october09.pdf
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The October 2009 Casteel Reporter
steelbus1009.pdf
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Business report and market trend graphs
september09.pdf
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The September 2009 Casteel Reporter
MagmaSoft Tax Credit.pdf
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MAGMATIMES article on Federal Research & Experimentation tax credit.
august09.pdf
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The August 2009 Casteel Reporter
MIEEE.pdf
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Midwest Industrial Energy Efficiency Exchange information
july09.pdf
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The July 2009 Casteel Reporter
FEF CIC Ad 2009.pdf
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Foundry Educational Foundation College Industry Conference
april09.pdf
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The April 2009 Casteel Reporter
march09.pdf
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The March 2009 Casteel Reporter
february09.pdf
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The February 2009 Casteel Reporter including business trend information, graphs and attachments.
steelgurujan2009.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
yrc0209.pdf
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SFSA's Yellow Freight and Roadway discount program.
january09.pdf
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The January 2009 Casteel Reporter including business trend information, graphs and attachments.
Company FMLA policy (federal).pdf
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Federal FMLA Policy.
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U.S. Department of Labor poster on Employee Rights and Responsibilities under FMLA.
Certification of Illness or Injury to a Covered Service Memb.pdf
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FMLA Leave Certification of Serious Illness or Injury for a Covered Service Member.
october08.pdf
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The September 2008 Casteel Reporter including business trend information and graphs and attachments.
steelguruoct2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
september08.pdf
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The September 2008 Casteel Reporter.
steelbus0908.pdf
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Business trend numbers and graphs only.
steelgurusep2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
august08.pdf
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The August 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelbus0808.pdf
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Business trend numbers and graphs only.
steelguruaug2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
july08.pdf
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The July 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujul2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
ITAR-Info.pdf
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Part 121 - The United States Munitions List
ITAR-Info-Violation.pdf
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Part 127 - Violations and Penalties
DEEDGrantApp053006.pdf
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Demonstation of Energy-Efficient Developments grant application. To be submitted by the utility company.
DEED-Members.pdf
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Utility companies participating in the DEED program.
june08.pdf
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The June 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujune2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
may08.pdf
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The May 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurumay2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
april08.pdf
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The April 2008 Casteel Reporter including business trend information, graphs and attachments.
steelbus0408.pdf
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Business trend numbers and graphs only.
steelguruapr2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
march08.pdf
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The March 2008 Casteel Reporter including business trend information, graphs and attachments.
steelgurumar2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
MoldThickness2.pdf
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Calculation of Minimum Mold Thickness in Steel Casting - Jacob Thole, Dr. Christoph Beckermann, University of Iowa.
february08.pdf
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The February 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurufeb2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
january08.pdf
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The January 2008 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujan2008.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
AFSAreaSourceSummary.pdf
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AFS Summary of the EPA Area Source Rule.
FR-AreaSourceFinal.pdf
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40 CFR Part 63 - EPA National Emission Standards for Hazardous Air Pollutants for Iron and Steel Foundries Area Sources; Final Rule
  Due to the Technical & Operating Conference, no newsletter was published for December 2007.
november07.pdf
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The November 2007 Casteel Reporter
futureleaders1107.pdf
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Future steel foundry industry leaders meeting notice.
eqp-auction1207.pdf
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Equipment available - auction ends Dec. 6 2007
october07.pdf
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The October 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelguruoct2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
ofr2007-1257.pdf
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Cr, Cu, Mn, Mo, Ni, and steel price drivers. US Geological Survey
september07.pdf
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The September 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurusep2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
Docket2007N-0330.pdf
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Docket 2007N-0330 Presidential Interagency Working Group on Public Safety (Import Safety)
fr17se07P.pdf
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Proposed EPA Area Source Rule for Iron and Steel Foundries
august07.pdf
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The August 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelguruaug2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information.
IEEE Workshop1007.pdf
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IEEE Industrial Energy Efficiency Workshop information
july07.pdf
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The July 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujul2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
june07.pdf
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The June 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujune2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
may07.pdf
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The May 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurumay2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
finemanbio.pdf
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Biography of Howard Fineman, speaker at the 2007 SFSA Annual Meeting
SBB Steel Markets.pdf
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Steel - Global Impacts to North American Minimill Competitiveness, by Thomas A. Danjczek, President, Steel Manufacturers Association - speaker at the 2007 SFSA Annual Meeting
april07.pdf
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The April 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelguruapr2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
march07.pdf
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The March 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurumar2007.pdf
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Steel market condition information
hexcr-fiore.pdf
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Information on Hexavalent Chromium
february07.pdf
(52kB)
The February 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurufeb2007.pdf
(192kB)
Steel market condition information
january07.pdf
(56kB)
The January 2007 Casteel Reporter
steelgurujan2007.pdf
(260kB)
Steel market condition information
december06.pdf
(544kB)
The December 2006 Casteel Reporter
internapp.pdf
(56kB)
SFSA Internship sponsorship information and form
steelgurudec2006.pdf
(220kB)
Steel market condition information
november06.pdf
(136kB)
The November 2006 Casteel Reporter
steelgurunov2006.pdf
(352kB)
Steel market condition information
october06.pdf
(48kB)
The October 2006 Casteel Reporter
september06.pdf
(331kB)
The September 2006 Casteel Reporter
august06.pdf
(420kB)
The August 2006 Casteel Reporter
steelbus0806.pdf
(28kB)
Industry business numbers and graphs only
july06.pdf
(660kB)
The July 2006 Casteel Reporter
steelbus0706.pdf
(124kB)
Industry business numbers and graphs only
China6-22-2006.pdf
(296kB)
Evaluation of Chinese Economy and Trading Practices
Chinese Steel Subsidies Paper.pdf
(396kB)
The China Syndrome: How Subsidies and Government Intervention Created the World's Largest Steel Industry
RL32333.pdf
(184kB)
CRS Report for Congress - Steel: Price and Policy Issues. Update June 26, 2006
june06.pdf
(132kB)
The June 2006 Casteel Reporter
China tour tentative list-0606.pdf
(16kB)
Tentative list of plants to be visited on the tour of China
may06.pdf
(540kB)
The May 2006 Casteel Reporter
steelbus0506.pdf
(28kB)
Industry business numbers and graphs only
HexCr monitoring.pdf
(76kB)
Exposure Monitoring Guidance for Compliance with the new OSHA Standard fro Hexavalent Chromium
KFTA comments.pdf
(400kB)
U.S.-Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement: Written Comments Concerning the Probable Economic Effect of Providing Duty-Free Treatment for Imports
AMMEX EERE-ITP.pdf
(28kB)
EERE's Industrial Technologies Program: Proven Returns on Federal and Industrial Investments
april06.pdf
(80kB)
The April 2006 Casteel Reporter
emsguide.pdf
(1MB)
Environmental Management Systems Implementation Guide for the foundry sector, USA EPA
AreaSourceUpdate.pdf
(168kB)
Iron & Steel Area Source rule
march06.pdf
(124kB)
The March 2006 Casteel Reporter
monroe-outlookSpring2006.pdf
(756kB)
Economic outlook presentation given by Raymond Monroe at the SFSA Spring Management Meeting on March 9, 2006
lashinsky-outlook2006.pdf
(36kB)
Economic outlook presentation given by Bernard Lashinsky at the SFSA Spring Management Meeting on March 9, 2006
keramida-annual compliance calendar.pdf
(148kB)
Regulatory Compliance Calendar for Steel Foundries by Keramida
keramida-Env Audits.pdf
(48kB)
Environmental Audits in the Primary Metals Sector - Jim Schifo, Keramida
keramida-Regulatory Calendar - 2006.pdf
(1.1MB)
Common Environmental Compliance Deadlines - Keramida
February06.pdf
(496kB)
The February 2006 Casteel Reporter
china exports surge.pdf
(20kB)
China steel exports surge due to domestic overcapacity
2005CHINASD_0106.pdf
(68kB)
Chinese Steel Industry - Record Steel Output with Big Decline in Net Imports in 2005
Measurement Error - ISU.pdf
(388kB)
Measurement Error of Visual Casting Surface Inspection - Iowa State University
january06.pdf
(51kB)
The January 2006 Casteel Reporter
december05.pdf
(495kB)
The December 2005 Casteel Reporter
USCCCHINAexec_summ_05.pdf
(82kB)
USCC Executive Summary on China Trade
november05.pdf
(83kB)
The November 2005 Casteel Reporter
hexcr-nov05.pdf
(1,041kB)
Congressional letters on Hexavalent Chromium
october05.pdf
(79kB)
The October 2005 Casteel Reporter
rdtaxcredit.pdf
(77kB)
Presentation on the R&D Tax Credit given at the 2004 SFSA Annual Meeting
september05special.pdf
(15kB)
Special September 2005 Casteel Reporter about the possible impact of a natural disaster on the steel casting industry
september05.pdf
(81kB)
The september 2005 Casteel Reporter
testbars.pdf
(1,043kB)
"Test Coupons and Casting Quality" and "Mechanical Properties of Test Bars Compared to Castings"
august05.pdf
(455kB)
The August 2005 Casteel Reporter
MoriciSteelPrices.pdf
(62kB)
Manufacturing and Steel Prices, by Peter Morici, February 2005
China prices 7-2005.pdf
(385kB)
Prices of Castings, Foundry Raw and Auxiliary Materials in Some Regions of China
pub3771.pdf
(3,110kB)
US ITC Publication 3771, Foundry Products: Competitive Conditions in the U.S. Market
july05.pdf
(70kB)
The July 2005 Casteel Reporter
WFO2005 Paper.pdf
(305kB)
World Foundry Organization paper on the last 20 years of steel casting research
june05.pdf
(54kB)
The June 2005 Casteel Reporter
SFIC Washington Forum OSHA.ppt
(164kB)
Presentation on OSHA Proposed PEL for Hexavalent Chrome, in PowerPoint format
SFIC Washington Forum OSHA.pdf
(453kB)
Presentation on OSHA Proposed PEL for Hexavalent Chrome, in PDF format
may05.pdf
(197kB)
The May 2005 Casteel Reporter
MACT-Scrap.pdf
(159kB)
Amendments to the Scrap metal and Inspection provisions of the Iron and Steel Foundry MACT
april05.pdf
(115kB)
The April 2005 Casteel Reporter
IntlTradeEvents.pdf
(38kB)
International Trade Events
equipment0405.pdf
(49kB)
Equipment Available
march05.pdf
(590kB)
The March 2005 Casteel Reporter
february05.pdf
(624kB)
The February 2005 Casteel Reporter
january05.pdf
(483kB)
The January 2005 Casteel Reporter
afs-gac.pdf
(568kB)
AFS Government Affairs Conference Information
december04.pdf
(292kB)
The December 2004 Casteel Reporter
november04.pdf
(445kB)
The November 2004 Casteel Reporter
october04.pdf
(223kB)
The October 2004 Casteel Reporter
september04.pdf
(489kB)
The September 2004 Casteel Reporter
august04.pdf
(414kB)
The August 2004 Casteel Reporter
antitrust.pdf
(59kB)
General Rules of Antitrust Compliance & Antitrust Policy Statement of Steel Founders' Society of America
july04.pdf
(278kB)
The July 2004 Casteel Reporter
june04.pdf
(242kB)
The June 2004 Casteel Reporter
may04.pdf
(840kB)
The May 2004 Casteel Reporter
Nolan_Dollars.pdf
(6,013kB)
Dollars and "Sense" presentation by John Nolan, Vice President, Steel Dynamics, Inc.
Nolan_Dollars_Sequel.pdf
(3,103kB)
Dollars and "Sense" "The Sequel" presentation by John Nolan, Vice President, Steel Dynamics, Inc.
april04.pdf
(333kB)
The April 2004 Casteel Reporter
march04.pdf
(428kB)
The March 2004 Casteel Reporter
  Due to our office move, the February 2004 Casteel Reporter was not produced.
january04.pdf
(211kB)
The January 2004 Casteel Reporter
december03.pdf
(522kB)
The December 2003 Casteel Reporter
november03.pdf
(253kB)
The November 2003 Casteel Reporter
october03.pdf
(232kB)
The October 2003 Casteel Reporter
september03.pdf
(322kB)
The September 2003 Casteel Reporter
august03.pdf
(219kB)
The August 2003 Casteel Reporter
july03.pdf
(550kB)
The July 2003 Casteel Reporter
june03.pdf
(175kB)
The June 2003 Casteel Reporter
may03.pdf
(175kB)
The May 2003 Casteel Reporter
april03.pdf
(277kB)
The April 2003 Casteel Reporter
march03.pdf
(377kB)
The March 2003 Casteel Reporter
february03.pdf
(256kB)
The February 2003 Casteel Reporter
january03.pdf
(266kB)
The January 2003 Casteel Reporter
december02.pdf
(500kB)
The December 2002 Casteel Reporter
  Due to circumstances beyond our control, the November 2002 Casteel Reporter is not available online.
october02.pdf
(204kB)
The October 2002 Casteel Reporter
september02.pdf
(251kB)
The September 2002 Casteel Reporter
august02.pdf
(159kB)
The August 2002 Casteel Reporter
june02.pdf
(324kB)
The June 2002 Casteel Reporter
may02.pdf
(497kB)
The May 2002 Casteel Reporter
april02.pdf
(518kB)
The April 2002 Casteel Reporter
march02.pdf
(255kB)
The March 2002 Casteel Reporter