About Us

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 throughout the West Michigan area.

The American Foundry Society (AFS) is a non-profit association serving members of the metalcasting industry both in the United States and abroad. Through various resources, AFS provides members with advocacy coordination and efforts in Washington, D.C., ongoing technical education through its Institute, as well as the transfer of innovative research and technology to the industry. Membership is individual or corporate and is made up of three markets, including: metalcasters and producers of metal cast parts; metalcasting suppliers and casting buyers/original equipment manufacturers (OEM’s). Student membership is also extended to future leaders of the metalcasting industry at a nominal cost.

West Michigan Chapter AFS Current Board


Chapter President
Rich Chase
Eagle Alloy

Immediate Past President
Mickey Moore
ASK Chemical

Vice President (Typical Program Chair)
Jeff Musselman
Diebold Insurance

Assistance Vice President
Craig Velliquette
Allied Mineral

Craig Velliquette
Allied Mineral

Kelly Edwards
Metal Technologies – RDI


Membership Chairman
Lenny Bassaj
Metal Technologies – RDI

Golf Outing Chairman
Kelly Edwards
Metal Technologies – RDI

Education Chairman
Peter Twork
Muskegon Community College

Student Night Chairman
Jay Morrison
Carpenter Brothers, Inc.

Program Chairman
Brendan Bolhuis
Beacon Recycling

Scholarship Chairman
Trevor Beach
Betz Industries

Environmental and Government Liaison
Jillian Koebbe
Air Water Compliance Group

Publicity Chairman
Adam Snyder
Midwest Product Specialties


Joel Yates
Metal Casting Consultants

Andy Scherf

Brendan Bolhuis
Beacon Recycling

Rich Chase
Eagle Alloy

Chuck Leonard

Lenny Basaj
Metal Technologies – RDI

Jay Morrison
Carpenter Brothers, Inc.

Craig Velliquette
Allied Mineral

Kiel Krause
America Colloid Company

Tony Price
Kent Foundry

West Michigan Chapter AFS Past Presidents

   Year     NameCompany at Time in Office
1941-42D.F. SeyferthWest Michigan Steel Foundry
1942-43D.J. LonneeMuskegon Piston Ring Co.
1943-44H.C. BeMentCampbell Wyant & Cannon
1944-45J.L. BrooksMuskegon Piston Ring Co.
1945-46J. Wesley LeeChallenge Machinery Co.
1946-47Rudolph FloraClover Foundry Co.
1947-48C.H. CousineauWest Michigan Steel Foundry
1948-49W.A. HallbergLakey Foundry Co.
1949-50C.N. JacobsonDake Engine Co.
1950-51Stanley H. DavisCampbell Wyant & Cannon
1951-52Ross P. ShafferLakey Foundry Co.
1952-53Wm. J. Cannon, Jr.Nugent Sand Co.
1953-54Fred J. DeHudyCentrifugal Foundry Co.
1954-55J.A. VanHaverSealed Power Co.
1955-56George W. BartlettNeway Equipment Co.
1956-57E.H. AlbrechtBlackmer Pump Co.
1957-58David I. JacobsonGrand Haven Brass Foundry
1958-59J. Joseph CannonEnterprise Brass Works
1959-60Elmer J. CarmodyEngineering Foundry
1960-61Walter A. BlackmerMuskegon Piston Ring Co.
1961-62Richard O. WilliamsCampbell Wyant & Cannon
1962-63Charles PierceWestran Corporation
1963-64James VanderMeulenAmerican Seating Co.
1964-65Max R. WiardCampbell Wyant& Cannon
1965-66Adrain J. ArchambaultCannon Muskegon Corp.
1966-67John E. DeGrootBenfur Engineering Co.
1967-68Rudolph J. LonneeAlloyed Grairon Castings Corp.
1968-69Alvin Jacobson, Jr.Grand Haven Brass Foundry
1969-70John L. OrzechowskiMichigan Foundry Supply Co.
1970-71Richard DavidsonCampbell Wyant & Cannon
1971-72Emery CisnerosSealed Power Corporation
1972-73Joe SackBenfur Engineering
1973-74Donald HuizengaGrand Rapids Foundry
1974-75Max RyefieldSealed Power Corporation
1975-76Howard LettingaMuskegon Piston Ring, Sparta
1976-77Kenneth LeRouxLeRoux Foundry
1977-78Richard O. HagenHolland Pattern Company
1978-79Jim TimmermanDelta Oil Products
1979-80Jim FoxSealed Power Corporation
1980-81Roger PrinsLouis Padnos Iron & Metal
1981-82Dale TrumbleMuskegon Community College
1982-83Gary BarnesSparta Foundry
1983-84Tom BaderWolverine Brass
1984-85Edwin L. ClarkGreat Lakes Castings
1985-86Thomas C. CousineauCarpenter Brothers, Inc.
1986-87John StegerAcme Resin
1987-88John KeenerSparta Foundry
1988-89George MakoGrand Rapids Aluminum Castings
1989-90Rocky CorradinMelt-Tech
1990-91Wayne JarvisEagle Alloy
1991-92Steve BolhuisFisher Steel
1992-93Charlie RoweCarpenter Brothers
1993-94Brad FortenbacherTri-Cast
1994-95Steve DamschroderGreat Lake Castings
1995-96Andy ScherfTri-Cast
1996-97John StegerBorden Chemical
1997-98Mike JohnsBetz Industries
1998-99Chuck DeVetteWest Michigan Steel
1999-00Dick EvansMuskegon Cast Products
2000-01Ken GrohNugent Sand Company
2001-02Gary NervigRavenna Casting Center
2002-04Pete BialikFoseco
2004-05John MonetteParagon Pattern
2005-06Jeff CookEagle Alloy
2006-07Mike LenahanResource Recovery Corporation
2007-08Jay MorrisonRavenna Ductile Iron Plant
2008-09Jim PerreaultSPEC Abrasives & Finishing, Inc.
2009-10Reg CroweSandmold Systems
2010-11Brendan BolhuisBeacon Recycling
2011-12Mike ThompsonCadillac Casting, Inc.
2012-13Bruce PeacockCadillac Casting, Inc.
2013-14Lenny BasajMetal Technologies, Inc.
2014-15Courtney VanOeffelenVan Hydraulics
2015-16Dan ArendsAnderson Global
2016-17Adam SnyderMidwest Product Specialties
2017-18Rich ChaseEagle Alloy
2018-19Eric GildnerCadillac Castings
2019-20Jay MorrisonCarpenter Brothers
2020-21Trevor BeachBetz Industries
2021-22Kelly Ann EdwardsMTI-Ravenna Ductile Iron
2022-23Mickey MooreASK Chemicals
2023-24Rich ChaseEagle Alloy