West Michigan American Foundry Society

The West Michigan American Foundry Society (AFS) Chapter provides technical, educational, social and networking opportunities for the local foundry community. Our membership includes metal casters, metal suppliers, foundry material suppliers, industry consultants and vendors.


Next meeting: Oct. 9, 2018

Keynote Speaker-Lyle K. Herberling Executive Director of Iron Casting Research Institute, Inc.

Presenter: Clarence Trowbridge Vice President & Workforce Development

Clarence Trowbridge joined AFS as the Vice President of Education and Workforce Development in 2018. Trowbridge brings 30 years of workforce development experience for companies including BP and Inland Steel Company. In 2016, he published a book, Maintenance Workforce Solutions: An Organizational Development Approach. Trowbridge, who also has experience working in a foundry, is a former sergeant in the U.S. Army, where he was an electronics repair technician. As a reservist, he was an instructor for the Army Non-Commissioned Officer Academy in Indiana. He has an MBA in organizational development and a bachelor’s degree in communications.

FOUNDRY IMPROVEMENT TECHNIQUES will be held on Oct. 8, 2018 at:
BELLA MARIA’S (Oakridge Golf Course)
513 W Pontaluna Rd, Norton Shores, MI
Social: 6:15-6:45
Dinner:6:45-7:30
Presentation:7:30-8:00

For more information or to sign up, visit our EventBrite page.


West Mi AFS - MARS Rovers robotics team

Anna Basaj (right) presents Chapter president Rich Chase with an appreciation award from the MARS Rovers robotics team.

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