State of the Industry

State of the Industry

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Date(s) - 02/09/2021
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm

The AFS Twin Cities Chapter welcomes John Haas, Plant Manager at Grede St. Cloud, who will host the February 9th, 5:00 p.m. virtual meeting (part will be pre-recorded). The focus of his presentation, the “State of the Industry” will be of interest to all members of AFS. John will talk about the current state of the metal casting industry in a global pandemic and its effect on infrastructure, defense, jobs, and production of durable goods, and how Grede returned to core competencies for growth amid current challenges.

About the Speaker… John’s expertise and extensive foundry knowledge is the product of his more than 45 years of working within the metal casting industry. He started in the field while in college. He obtained a BS in Metallurgical Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He also received a Master of Business Administration degree from Xavier University. John steadily progressed through a number of positions and gained extensive experience during these growth opportunities. Over the course of his career, John has risen through the following positions at a variety of companies – Plant Metallurgist, Melt Superintendent, Quality Manager, Technical Director, Plant Manager, VP of Operations, Group VP, and President. He also spent four years as an internal consultant and management resource (both domestically and internationally) at a large steel producer.

At Grede, John built up an exceptional team. John and this group of talented people transformed the Saint Cloud foundry into the premier foundry within the organization. The plant is a leader in safety, quality, productivity, and profitability metrics. During John’s time at Dalton Corporation, the company was able to improve product pricing and margins, increased sales growth, acquired Motor Castings, and stabilized the company after being purchased from Neenah. He spent over two years as the President of Cadillac Casting in Cadillac, Michigan. He has recently returned to Grede St. Cloud as the Plant Manager.

Register below (no cost) by Monday, February 8th at 12:00pm. A link to sign on to the online meeting platform will be emailed to the registrants on Monday, February 8th.

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Bookings are closed for this event.

Attendees Registered

  • Carlos Esparza
  • Russell Abbott
  • Jeff Heinemann
  • Steve Shade
  • David Herfendal
  • Jean Bye
  • KC Monti
  • Ed Vesely
  • Tyson Twait
  • Joe Plunger
  • Shawn Wang
  • Jim Clifford
  • Bill SHafer
  • Scott Honeyman
  • Josh Jaycox
  • Randy Oehrlein
  • Travis Bodick
  • Joe Hirvela
  • Jim Brusso
  • Dennis Dotson
  • Sandra Meyer
  • Jeff Heinemann
  • Sandra Meyer
  • Sandra Meyer
  • Joe Plunger
  • Steven Coozennoy
  • Matt Grilz
  • Clint Potter
  • Neil Kniseley