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Feb 2018 Meeting - New Tax Laws Explained

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Feb 2018 MoKan AFS

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Engineering the Silica Out of Foundries

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In case you missed October's meeting on Engineering the Silica Out of Foundries, here is the presentation.

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Protection from Crystalline Silica presentation

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On Thursday, March 30, 2017 we took our meeting on the road. We met at Misty's Steakhouse in Lincoln, NE. Speaker was Brenda Finter with B2E Environmental. She spoke on the upcoming changes in legislation and what is required for protection from Crystalline Silica. If you happened to miss it or need to review the information again, her presentation is attached. Click on the article in the "Latest News" for the attachment.

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March Meeting -Speaker -Leo Baran, AFS Corporate

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AFS and Industry Outreach!

How is AFS doing as an association?  Are there any updates regarding AFS product and services that can help your company become globally competitive?  Leo will attempt to answer these questions as well as cover an even more critical topic – reaching the next generation.  What can be done – and what might already be in place to bridge the generational gap.  And even more important:  how everyone can be ambassadors for the metalcasting process!




Leo J. Baran Bio

A Chicago area native, Leo received his BS degree in Metallurgical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT) in Chicago and was certified in Process Metallurgy/Nonferrous by the Cast Metals Institute (CMI). Spending most of his career in the metal casting industry, Leo has worked in engineering, sales, and customer service for companies that supply materials and consumables to the industry such as H. Kramer & Co, Airco Industrial Gases, U.S Silica Company and Colonial Metals Company. He also has been involved with the casting industry from the association side, with his original work at the American Foundry Society (AFS) from 1984 to 1993 – as the Associate Technical Director – and later as the Director of Membership Services. This continued with his position as the Director of Membership & Marketing for the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA). During his work there, he also held the title of Executive Director of the Diecasting Development Council, formulating and executing the die casting industry’s marketing efforts. Leo is once again the Director of Membership Services for the American Foundry Society with responsibility for membership development, retention and AFS Chapter relations.

Through the years, he has made presentations in Canada, Mexico, Germany and the United States on technical and management related topics at various association Chapter meetings and other related industry conferences and events.

He maintains memberships in the Planetary Studies Foundation, the Space Unit of the American Philatelic Society and the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association.

Leo is married to Karen, a nurse, and has one child, Michael, with an MS in Bioengineering, currently pursuing his PhD at Arizona State University in Tempe.



January 21, 2014 Meeting Presentation Notes

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Presentation Attached Below


Environmental Regulatory Update

There are a number of proposed EPA and OSHA regulatory actions that effective metal casting facilities that the AFS 10E and 10F committees are closely monitoring. Some, if adopted, could result in major changes to material handling and dust collection. Our speaker will provide a summary of the proposals and what the AFS is doing to block or modify these actions.



Jim Maloney

Exec. Vice President,

J. Carpenter Environmental, LLC

Jim Maloney oversees sales and marketing for J Carpenter Environmental, which supplies waste treatment and pollution control products and advice to: the metal casting industry, secondary smelters, environmental remediation firms, and the industrial sand market.

Throughout his career, Jim has worked with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s Air Pollution Division where he served as one of the staff liaisons to the Illinois legislature, the Illinois Pollution Control Board. He also has worked for Heritage Environmental Services and RMT Environmental consulting company, before joining J. Carpenter Environmental in 2006.


Jim has spent the majority of his career in various sales and operations roles for environmental service companies and has experience in a wide range of environmental regulatory matters. He is currently a member of the AFS 10E – Air Quality, and AFS 10 F – Water Quality and Waste Disposal Committees.

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