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Milwaukee, WI, is the site of the 2024 Metalcasting Congress, April 23-25.

Metalcasting Meet-Up

April 4, 2024
The 2024 Metalcasting Congress will draw foundry and diecasting professionals together for a three-day program of inquiry, exploration, and new developments.

Processes and technologies are the infrastructure of manufacturing, but individuals provide the energy that guide their industries – demonstrating that personal contacts are fundamental to progress. Coming together as colleagues confirms their commitment to their industry and its future.

Metalcasting professionals and their suppliers will convene in Milwaukee, WI, later this month for the American Foundry Society’s annual event combining education, discussion, and networking for people with interests in various or multiple aspects foundry and diecasting operations – the Metalcasting Congress. The 2024 Metalcasting Congress will take place April 23-25 at the Baird Center in Milwaukee.

Much of the three-day schedule will be filled by a wide-ranging choice of technical sessions organized by the various AFS divisions and presenting the best ideas and technologies pertinent to those metals and alloys, processes, and applications. Technical and management sessions will begin each day at 8 am and continue on a regular rotation through 4:45 pm.

Because metalcasting has so many different areas of specialization and exploration, the agenda is studded with a series of instructional events staged by the AFS Institute to bring basic understanding on critical subjects to a wider audience, and provide a starting point for future learning.

  • “Metalcasting Process Basics,” Tues. April 23, 8 am.
  • “Getting Creative with SPC,” Tues. April 23, 1:30 pm.
  • “Intro to Supervisor Development: An Overview, I,” Wed. April 24, 8 am.
  • “Intro to Supervisor Development: An Overview, II,” Wed. April 24, 1:30 pm.
  • “Casting Material Properties,” Thurs., April 25, 8 am.

Each day’s schedule will be highlighted with a presentation of general interest to all attendees. On Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30 am, Former U.S. Secretary of State and former CIA Director Mike Pompeo will give a keynote address on “Leadership in Uncertain Times.”

On Wednesday, April 24 at 10:30 am. AFS past president and Badger Mining Corp. exec. vice president Mike Lenahan will present the annual Hoyt Memorial Lecture on the subject of “Embracing Adversity - Mining the Riches from Life’s Challenges.”

On Thursday, April 25 at 10.30 am., a presentation by author and business strategist Meridith Elliott Powell will cover “Successful Succession Strategies for Manufacturers of Every Size.”

The focus for all attendees will be the day-and-a-half day exhibition of products and technologies for metalcasting operations. The exhibition is a venue for metalcasting operators to meet directly with suppliers, discuss production problems and/or opportunities, and exchange ideas or make plans for future development.

The exhibit hall will open on Wednesday April 24 at 9 am.

The Metalcasting Congress is also an annual meeting for AFS members, and a chance for them to meet longtime friends or colleagues, and to recognize the technical and managerial accomplishments of metalcasters.

For event and registration details, visit