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Ryan Canfield, Hill and Griffith's Director of Sales attended The AFS 2019 Foundry Leadership Summit

Posted by Samantha Farris on Tue, Sep 24, 2019 @ 11:38 AM

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AFS Foundry in a Box Teaches 6th Graders How to Pour Metal Castings (Clone)

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Tue, Nov 08, 2016 @ 02:10 PM

describe the imageThanks to the American Foundry Society Newsletter: March 18, 2015

Sixth graders at Oakridge Upper Elementary School, Muskegon Mich., dug their hands in sand to build molds to make castings last week as part of an AFS Foundry in a Box demonstration. Reg Crowe, retired, Jill Koebbe, Air & Water Compliance Group, Jeff Cook, Eagle Alloy Inc., and Rob Kriger, Eagle Alloy Inc., led students in Mrs. Rikki Grave’s 6th grade science class on Friday, March 13, showing them how to make a sand mold, pour molten tin, remove the sand from the solidified casting and clean the casting’s surface. Since its inception, the Foundry in a Box has been utilized at events and schools throughout the country. For more information on Foundry in a Box, click here.

The American Foundry Society is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1896. With its headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., AFS provides members and consumers with information and services to promote and strengthen the metalcasting industry.

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Student participates in Foudnry in a Box demostration.


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Tags: Metal Casting, Casting Solutions, Foundry In A Box

Hill and Griffith Presented OCMA Annual President’s Award for "Supplier of the Year 2015"

Posted by Myke Amend on Tue, Aug 11, 2015 @ 11:45 AM

At the July 28th annual meeting of the OCMA, outgoing OCMA President Tony Zalar, Babcock & Wilcox Company, presented the “Company of the Year” award to Dave & Steve Yonto, The Quality Castings Company and the “Supplier of the Year” award to David Greek Jr., representing Hill & Griffith Company. The awards, established twenty-one years ago in 1994, recognize the value to OCMA of contributions made by its member companies and the individuals who give their valuable time to advance not only the OCMA, but also more importantly, the metal casting industry in Ohio.

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OCMA President Tony Zalar, Babcock & Wilcox Company, presents the Supplier of the Year Award 2015 to David Greek Jr. and Dale Welsh, Hill & Griffith Company.
A key factor in selecting The Quality Castings Company this year as in previous years was the welcoming of OCMA members to the annual foundry tour held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015. The tour was one of the most popular in recent memory with nearly seventy (70) members taking advantage of the opportunity to see the foundry in operation. Since the last OCMA tour of The Quality Casting Company facility nearly a decade ago, the company has invested more than $10 million in its operations.

A major improvement included the purchase of a contiguous site where a new building contains a state-of-the-art cleaning room as well as shipping and receiving and pattern storage operations. The Quality Castings Company contributes to OCMA in many other ways. OCMA Past President Dave Yonto has agreed to once again serve on the Board of Trustees during this time of transition to a new executive director. The company has been a long-time major sponsor of the annual OCMA golf outing. For hosting the annual foundry tour and for providing long-time support of the OCMA, The Quality Castings Company was presented “Foundry of the Year 2015”.

The supplier of the year award was presented to The Hill and Griffith Company for their long-time membership and support of OCMA activities. David Greek Jr., President, has served as OCMA Golf Committee Chair as the outing has achieved year after year of record profits.

Dale Welsh, VP-Finance, has volunteered to audit the monthly financial reports prepared by Executive Director Russ Murray, to attend the Board of Trustee meetings, and to assist with other financial matters. Hill & Griffith Company has generously contributed to the OCMA annual golf outing with two major sponsorships as well as fielding a highly competitive foursome. In recognition of these contributions Hill & Griffith Company was awarded the “Supplier of the Year 2015”.

Source: Summer 2015 OCMA News. Directly quoted. Photo via Summer 2015 OCMA News. Find more about Ohio Cast Metals Association at www.ohiocastmetals.org

Tags: Hill and Griffith, Awards, Die Casting, Metal Casting, Conference, Tradeshow, Ohio Cast Metals Association

AFS Foundry in a Box Teaches 6th Graders How to Pour Metal Castings

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Wed, Mar 18, 2015 @ 06:55 PM

describe the imageThanks to the American Foundry Society Newsletter: March 18, 2015

Sixth graders at Oakridge Upper Elementary School, Muskegon Mich., dug their hands in sand to build molds to make castings last week as part of an AFS Foundry in a Box demonstration. Reg Crowe, retired, Jill Koebbe, Air & Water Compliance Group, Jeff Cook, Eagle Alloy Inc., and Rob Kriger, Eagle Alloy Inc., led students in Mrs. Rikki Grave’s 6th grade science class on Friday, March 13, showing them how to make a sand mold, pour molten tin, remove the sand from the solidified casting and clean the casting’s surface. Since its inception, the Foundry in a Box has been utilized at events and schools throughout the country. For more information on Foundry in a Box, click here.

The American Foundry Society is a not-for-profit organization formed in 1896. With its headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill., AFS provides members and consumers with information and services to promote and strengthen the metalcasting industry.

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Student participates in Foudnry in a Box demostration.


The Hill and Griffith Company is proud to have contributed to the AFS Foundry-In-A-Box educational project. We're known for our hands on approach with foundry and die casting release agents and supplies. Let us visit your plant and recommend products that suit your needs.

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AFS Staff Introduce Metalcasting to 5th and 6th Graders

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Wed, Feb 11, 2015 @ 07:24 PM

describe the imageThanks to the American Foundry Society Newsletter: February 11, 2015

The goal of GEMS events is to educate girls about careers in those fields and introduce them to female role models from the different industries. To demonstrate the basic concepts of metalcasting and what takes place in a metalcasting facility, AFS gave the popular Foundry-in-a-Box demonstration to the participants. Each participant got to pour their own metal casting to take home as a keepsake from their experience. Eight AFS employees - Laura Moreno, Sue Thomas, Laura Kasch, Valerie Stramaglia, Katie Matticks, Jennifer Head, Shelly Dutler and Jennifer Morton, - all helped facilitate the demonstrations at the 2015 GEMS conference at James B. Conant High School, Hoffman Estates, IL. Other GEMS presenters included women from the American Chemical Society, Kraft Foods, and Women Leaders in Action. Headquartered in Schaumburg, Ill., AFS is a not-for-profit technical and management society that has existed since 1896 to provide and promote knowledge and services that strengthen the metalcasting industry for the ultimate benefit of its customers and society.

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Eighty-five fifth and sixth grade girls were given a metalcasting presentation on Feb. 7, as part of Illinois High School District 211’s Fifth Annual GEMS (Girls in Engineering, Math and Science) Conference.


The Hill and Griffith Company is proud to have contributed to the AFS Foundry-In-A-Box educational project. We're known for our hands on approach with foundry and die casting release agents and supplies. Let us visit your plant and recommend products that suit your needs.

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Tags: Metal Casting, Casting Solutions, Foundry In A Box

Hill and Griffith attended the VI Congreso Die Casting Show in Mexico

Posted by Samantha Farris on Mon, Nov 03, 2014 @ 09:17 AM

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Ryan Canfield - HG Sales Rep representing our booth at the VI Congreso Die Casting I Medal Show in Mexico

The Instituto del Aluminio, A.C. sponsored the VI Die Casting Congress, which will took place in Aguascalientes, Ags., Mexico from October 16th to 18th, 2014.

It is one of the most important events at Latin America specialized in Die Casting, where the most important suppliers and clients of this sector converge.

Within this forum networking and professional development, discussion and information about the most important issues is exchanged.

The world market for Die Casting has increased in recent years considerably which opens a high competitive market due to the active technological innovation and quality improvements of multinational groups. It is an excellent platform for experts in the field to come together and showcase new trends, announce new processes and products.


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Chapter Demonstrates Metalcasting at Grade School Maker Camp

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Thu, Aug 28, 2014 @ 04:24 PM

describe the imageThanks to the American Foundry Society Newsletter: August 28, 2014

In July, the AFS Birmingham Chapter participated in Maker’s Camp at Trace Crossings Elementary School, Hoover, Ala., to demonstrate the metalcasting process with Foundry in a Box, a kit that allows students to create their own castings from pressing the oil-based sand into a small matchplate mold, melting tin in a microwave oven and safely pouring the molten metal into the mold.

Members of the chapter helped 80 students from kindergarten through fourth grade produce a casting that they could wear home as a necklace.

Maker’s Camp at Trace Crossings Elementary School provides students a venue to engage in a variety of "maker" experiences. Along with metalcasting, students explored engineering design, game making, electric company circuits, new technology innovations, and beginning robotics.

The Maker Movement is a current name for facilitated, hands-on learning experiences that engage students of all ages. The movement finds real-world ways to spark creativity and purpose in learning science, technology, engineering, art and math.

The school and Samford University worked collaboratively to provide a unique experience for students of parents who were seeking a creative outlet over the summer break. According to Trace Crossings Elementary, the excitement and end results were contagious. Plans are being made for a teacher professional development "Makers Fair" this fall and to repeat the summer camp again next year.

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Photo: AFS Birmingham Chapter members Jon Montgomery, Rex Heat Treating (with his daughters Jamelyn and Aubrie); Johnny Williams, Alabama Art Castings; and Hai Nguyen and Kelly McCool, both students at the University of Alabama-Birmingham, helped demonstrate metalcasting at the Maker’s Camp.


The Hill and Griffith Company is proud to have contributed to the AFS Foundry-In-A-Box educational project. We're known for our hands on approach with foundry and die casting release agents and supplies. Let us visit your plant and recommend products that suit your needs.

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Tags: Metal Casting, Casting Solutions, Foundry In A Box

Hill and Griffith Congratulates Casting of the Year Recipients

Posted by Lauren Campbell on Fri, May 23, 2014 @ 03:01 PM

The Hill and Griffith Company would like to congratulate all the winners in this year’s Casting of the Year Award presented by Modern Casting, an American Foundry Society Publication.Casting of the Year: Oil Pan

This year’s 2014 winner goes to Arrowcast, from Shawano, Wisconsin. Arrowcast casted an extremely complex oil pan for the John Deere tractor company. The casting facility said it was the biggest job the ductile iron casting facility has ever done and at a weight of 842 lbs., it is surprising that it provided a weight reduction of 77lbs from the previous oil pan. The design team used a combination of finite element analysis and solidification simulation to achieve the desired outputs; using the green sand casting process to metalcast this beast. Its application is for the John Deere 9 liter engine and the casting design allowed the team to combine a frame casting, two fabricated brackets and a stamped steel oil pan into one ductile iron casting. At a size of 26 x 56 inches, the compact design of the oil pant casting allowed for a lower engine position in the tractor chassis and eliminated a 2-degree angle of the engine. The volume of oil was also increased over the steel stamping.

Best-In-Class

Aerospace electronics mountBest-In-Class this year was quite an interesting group. Beginning with Aristo-Cast Inc. located in Almont, Michigan who casted a hand-held electronics mount used in aerospace and is one of a kind. Made from AZ91E-T6 magnesium, investment casting was their process of choice and provided the ability to combine many parts into one and additionally lowered part cost and weight. The device acts as a bracket to mount processing electronics and in the process is used as a heat sink to manage the thermal load from all of the electronics.Hub Casting

Pier Foundry & Pattern Shop Inc., located in St. Paul, Minnesota created a hub casting made of ductile iron for a mining application. The part, casted with green sand, weighs 90lbs and was built to replace a 34-piece weldment to improve the ease of manufacturing while holding up to the rigors of continuous mine operation. The hub rotates at 3,600 rpms and the cast design saved the customer $76,000.00 in the first year!

Casted Knife holderSignicast Investment Castings, located in Harford, Wisconsin, offered up a new knife holder casting. Made of 4140 steel and casted by the investment casting process, the new 1.9 lbs. weighted knife holder casting exhibits improved dimensional stability, eliminating the need for a secondary straightening process. It also saved the customer additional time and reduced cost by 25% due to the elimination of post-fabrication machining activities.Automotive Casting

Tooling & Equipment International, located in Livonia, Michigan presented a water passage made of aluminum used to integrate cooling system parts for an automotive application. At a weight of 4 lbs., low pressure permanent mold was the process of choice and was produced through advanced prototyping technology for Honda. This part achieved design freedom through the use of intricate cores.

Honorable Mention

Military Cast SubframeMeritor Design, from Troy Michigan and Willman Industries, from Cedar Grove, Wisconsin worked together to create a Protec Series 30 Cast Subframe. Casted using the green sand process, this subframe is made of ductile iron and was converted from the military, reducing weight by 28% and the number of components from 79 to 1; eliminating 136 fasteners in the process.

O’Fallon Casting from O’Fallon, Missouri submitted a fan-housing unit converted from a commercial helicopter. Using investment casting, the fan-housing unit provides aerodynamics to produce a laminar fluid flow and also acts as a heat sink. Made of F357-T6 aluminum, the investment casting process enabled the unit to be cast as a single piece. Fan Housing Casting


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Tags: Awards, Metal Casting, American Foundry Society

Names with Faces at Hill and Griffith

Posted by Samantha Farris on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 @ 01:18 PM

 

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From left to right top row(Mike Lawry, Bob Waterloo, Dave Greek, Jr., Barry Morgan, John Spindler & Tim Cowell

From left to right bottom row(Tom Dempsey, Ron Schweyer, Donna Nijak, Dale Welsh & Ryan Canfield)

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Tags: Hill and Griffith, Employee, Die Casting, Metal Casting, Concrete Form Release Agents, Permanent Mold

Advanced Registration for the Die Casting Congress & Tabletop Closes August 31th

Posted by Hill and Griffith Company on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 10:13 PM

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We're looking forward to seeing you at the Die Casting Congress and Tabletop September 16-18, 2013, at the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville, KY. Come by Hill and Griffith's Booth 315 to learn the latest technology, ongoing research and die casting, squeeze casting and permanent mold-release techniques that will enhance your competitiveness.

Advanced discounted registration ends August 31, so register today!

This event will feature three days of Congress sessions, technical and management presentations that will be given by experts from around the world. These presentations will expose metalcasters to the latest technology, ongoing research and successful management tools that will assist companies in enhancing their competitiveness.

In addition to the Congress sessions, this exposition will feature the International Die Casting Design Competition, the Design Competition Luncheon and the Die Casting Industry Luncheon.

The Die Casting Congress & Tabletop is an exclusive event to the die casting industry and its suppliers. For more information or to register please click here.


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