Dotson Iron Castings Foundry Tour

Dotson Iron Castings Foundry Tour

Date(s) - 09/20/2022
3:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Dotson Iron Castings
200 W Rock St
Mankato, Minnesota 56001

AFS Twin Cities Chapter travels to Mankato to tour Dotson Iron Castings on Tuesday, September 20th beginning at 3:00 p.m. Groups of around 5 people will take a ~45 minute tour of the foundry based on arrival time with the last tour(s) beginning at 4:15pm. When tours are completed, we will meet at Courtyard by Marriott for a Social sponsored by Dotson, Dinner Buffet, and a presentation by a team from Dotson, focusing on the “Next Generation Workforce.”

About the Tour… The tour and subsequent panel will focus on the Next Generation Workforce.  Dotson’s team will highlight considerations when adding dedicated building space for all team members, reduction of manual labor operations, automation for process control, and Industry 4.0 tools that are applied today in the manufacturing process.

Nicole Hiller, HR Manager, will speak to building, layout and space considerations as Dotson changed its employee spaces.

Ashley Folden-Ecker, Process Control Manager, will focus on automation used to narrow process variation, which allows shorter tenured employees to successfully produce castings.

Ryan Beck, Operations Manager, will talk about the transition away from manual grinding operations.  This need was driven by workforce challenge of trying to find people to grind.

Eric Nelson, Vice President, will discuss leveraging machine analytics to support maintenance technicians in applying their knowledge to quickly resolve equipment issues.

The panel will wrap up with a Q and A session moderated by Josh Jaycox, Engineering Director.


3:00pm      Dotson Tours –

200 West Rock Street

Mankato, MN 56001

5:00pm      Social Hour at Courtyard by Marriott Mankato (sponsored by Dotson Iron Castings)

901 Raintree Rd

Mankato, MN 56001

6:00pm      Dinner Buffet

6:30pm      Presentation – Nicole Hiller, Ashley Folden-Ecker, Ryan Beck, Eric Nelson

Register below by Tuesday, September 13th at noon. 

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Attendees Registered

  • Eric Nelson
  • Jim Swanson
  • Ben Jorgenson
  • Kuldeep Agarwal
  • Andrew Bruce
  • Greg Stafford
  • Mike Sifferman
  • Chris Forster
  • Joe Kranz
  • E. Jay Zins
  • Sandra meyer
  • Kevin Birdwell
  • Randy Oehrlein
  • Therese Benkowski
  • Jason Speltz
  • Taylor Miller
  • Steven Coozennoy
  • Alex Goff
  • Neil Kniseley
  • John Miller
  • Casey Iossi
  • Sheri Bishop
  • Ross Vass
  • Clint
  • Travis Bodick
  • Shawn Skogman