American Foundry Society

           Wisconsin Chapter


Upcoming events

    • 15 Dec 2018
    • 31 Jan 2019

    AFS Wisconsin Chapter invites you to promote your organization to attendees of the 2019 Regional Conference & Expo, to be held February 13-15, 2019 at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee.

    Sign up now as a conference program advertiser or event supporter!

    • Full page ad (7.5" w x 9.75" h): $260
    • Half page ad - Vertical (9" h x 3.75" w): $160
    • Half page ad - horizontal (7.5" w x 4.5" h): $160
    • Full page Inside Back Cover (7.5" w x 9.75" h): $400 - [SOLD]
    • Wednesday Expo Beer Supporter - includes logo on signage, program recognition: $250
    • Thursday Dinner Banquet Supporter - includes logo on signage, program recognition: $300
    • Friday Continental Breakfast Supporter, includes logo on signage: $100
    *Advertisement artwork due no later than January 2, 2019.
    • 21 Jan 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Mariott Milwaukee West

    Join us as the UW-Milwaukee AFS Student Chapter presents on what is new with the metalcasting efforts at UW-Milwaukee.

    Taylor Last, Technology & Engineering teacher at Port Washington High School, will discuss the emerging metalcasting efforts and onsite casting capabilities, as well as how they have cultivated interest in metalcasting among students.


    5:00 PM Fellowship at  Marriott Milwaukee West | Click here for directions to the Marriott.

    6:00 PM Dinner & Presenters


    Members: $35

    Retired Members: $25

    Non-Members: $40

    Students: $25 (Registration fee will be refunded at the door with presentation of student ID)

    CANCELLATION POLICY: No registration fees will be refunded for cancellations made less than three full business days prior to the meeting day. (For example, cancellations must be made by the end of Wednesday for an event held the following Monday.) Registered no-shows, who have not paid in advance, will be invoiced for the event.  If you wish to cancel, contact TEAM at  or call Laura Gustafson at 262-532-2440 X15.
    • 13 Feb 2019
    • 15 Feb 2019
    • Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, 721 W Canal St, Milwaukee, WI 53233

    Solidify Your Casting Future!

    AFS Wisconsin Chapter is pleased to be hosting the 81st Annual Regional Foundry Conference & Exposition at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino on February 13 - 15, 2019!

    Featured this year:

    • Over 80 exhibitors in Potawatomi's spacious exhibit space - act fast and you could be one of them!
    • Networking opportunities galore
    • Educational Technical Sessions throughout the conference
    • Student Casting Contest - come see and support the next generation of foundry professionals!
    • Job fair and networking session - Thursday afternoon
    • A fun-filled venue
    Booth registration includes two exhibitor badges and two Thursday lunch tickets. Booths are 8' x 10' with 8' pipe and drape in the back and 3' pipe and drape on the sides.  There will be a 6' skirted table, two chairs and a wastebasket at each exhibitor location.

    Exhibitor Registration Cost:

    AFS Corporate: $1,050 
    AFS Members - Personal: $1,100
    AFS Non-Members: $1,300

    Additional exhibitor badges: $75 each includes lunch ticket OR $50 without lunch.

    *Two booth discount - $50 per booth. Contact headquarters for assistance.

    Thursday dinner tickets sold separately: $65 each

    Exhibitors will  be allowed to register up to 6 free guests for Wednesday's Expo, which includes a networking reception with complimentary beer & appetizers and a cash bar.

    Potawatomi Hotel & Casino is offering a special room rate of $123.00 per night plus tax (subject to availability).  Contact the hotel directly at (800) 729-7244 to make your reservations. Identify that you are with the AFS WI Regional Conference and would like the conference rate.  Use code: AFS02122019.  Cutoff date: January 13, 2019.

    To sign up for conference program advertising and other support opportunities,  click here.

    • 13 Feb 2019
    • 15 Feb 2019
    • Potawatomi Hotel and Casino

    Solidify Your Casting Future! The Wisconsin Chapter AFS, Stateline Chapter and NEW Chapter, along with the Regional Planning Committee are proud to present the 81st Wisconsin Regional Foundry Conference and Exposition, February 13 -15, 2019 at Potawatomi Hotel & Casino in Milwaukee.

    Reasons to come to the Wisconsin Regional:

    • Exciting Speakers
    • Educational Tech Sessions
    • Over 80 Exhibitors
    • Student Casting Contest
    • Networking Opportunities Galore
    • Wednesday Afternoon: Free Beer and Appetizers
    • Thursday Afternoon Job Fair
    • Friday: Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet
    • A fun-filled venue

    Meal Pricing | Thursday Lunch & Dinner Tickets Must Be Purchased in Advance

    • Wednesday afternoon: Free beer and appetizers in the Expo Hall
    • Thursday Expo Lunch: $25 | Sandwich Board with assorted sandwiches, Redskin Potato Salad, Garden Salad, Kettle Chips, Chocolate Chip Cookies & Brownies, Soda
    • Thursday night Keynote Speaker Dinner: $65 | 7 oz. Filet Mignon with Bordelaise Sauce, Dinner Rolls, Pear and Blue Cheese Salad, White Cheddar Mashed Potatoes, Seasonal Vegetables, Coffee & Tea (Vegetarian Option Available Upon Request)
    • Thursday Lunch & Dinner package: $75
    • Friday Morning: Complimentary Breakfast Buffet beginning at 7:45 AM

    Regional Overview

    Wednesday, February 13th:

    Registration: 10:30 AM - 6:00 PM

    Expo Hours: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM

    Kickoff Speaker, Jean Bye, President of the American Foundry Society: 2:00 PM

    Thursday, February 14th:

    Registration: 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM

    Expo Hours: 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

    Job Fair: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM in Expo Hall

    Tech Sessions: throughout the day, beginning at: 8:30 AM, 10:30 AM and 1:15 PM

    Lunch: 11:45 AM- ticket required

    Invitational Casting Contest, beer & pretzels - 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    Dinner Banquet with Awards and Keynote speaker, Mr. John Wiesbrock, Executive Vice President Sales, Marketing and Supply Chain Management – Waupaca Foundry Inc. - 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - ticket required.

    Friday, February 15th:

    Complimentary Hot Breakfast Buffet: 7:45 AM – 9:45AM

    Tech Sessions: 8:45 AM - 10:00 AM

    Cost to attend the Regional:

    AFS Corporate Members and Individual Members:

    • Conference Badge: $30  - Includes Expo and Tech Sessions

    Foundry Attendee:

    • Conference Badge: $30 - Includes Expo and Tech Sessions
    • Foundry Tech-Expo "6-pack": $90 - lot price for up to 6 foundry people from one foundry location.

    Non-Foundry Attendee:

    • Conference Badge: $50 - Includes Expo and Tech Sessions

    Retirees and Students:

    • Conference Badge FREE

    Potawatomi Hotel is offering a special room rate of $123.00 per night plus tax (subject to availability).  Contact the hotel directly at (800) 729-7244 to make your reservations. Identify that you are with the AFS WI Regional Conference and would like the conference rate.  Use code: AFS02122019.  Cutoff date: January 13, 2019.  Directions to Potawatomi Hotel & Casino.

    • 14 Feb 2019
    • Potawatomi Hotel & Casino

    2019 AFS WI Regional Invitational Casting Competition


    Team participation comprised of no more than five members per team is open by invitation to AFS student chapters in a university and college level metal casting program. Castings are sought in all metals, casting processes, end-use applications and sizes/weights. Only one casting per student chapter should be submitted. The casting manufacturing process should be completed within the university by students. Other facilities within the university may be used (such as a machine shop for pattern construction) but the activity must be performed and supervised by AFS student chapter teams. Students are encouraged to begin drafting ideas and establishing teams as soon as possible.


     Independent judges will evaluate each entry on the following:

    • Use of the casting process’s unique capabilities
    • Benefits delivered to the casting custom
    • Quality and workmanship
    • Poster and booth presentation at casting competition, AFS WI Regional, taking place February 13-15, 2019 in Milwaukee, WI at the Potawatomi Hotel. Students to be present with casting, for judge questions, February 14, 2019. Each team will have two (2) minutes to present their submission. Schedule to be determined.


    The top three teams will receive the following awards:

    • 1st Place - $2,500
    • 2nd Place - $1,000
    • 3rd Place - $500
    • Imagination in Metal Casting Award - $750

    Imagination in Metalcasting Award

    The winner will have reduced to practice innovations in processing, materials (either alloy or other inputs into the casting process), post-processing or inspection techniques, or reducing the environmental impact of metalcasting. Judging criteria:

    • Imagination
    • Success in reduction of the idea to practice
    • Potential impact to the industry within the lifetime of the students (50-75 years)

    Project Presentations

    Castings will be displayed and judged at the AFS WI Regional. Your casting display should include a poster describing your design, pattern making, casting finishing and quality testing.  Each team will have two minutes to present followed by three minutes of questioning by competition judges.

    Please submit your intent to participate prior to December 1, 2018 to allow the Regional Planning Committee time to make necessary arrangements.  All final entry forms are due no later than February 1, 2019. A photograph of the poster and the casting should be submitted to Nick Gerrits, AFS WI Regional Casting Contest Chair, No entry fee required.

    Questions may be directed to Nick Gerrits - AFS Wisconsin Regional Casting Contest Chair,

    Donations made to support the casting contest may be made through the AFS WI Chapter Donation Page.

    • 18 Mar 2019


    • 20 May 2019


AFS Wisconsin Chapter is a 501(c)6 non-profit organization.  W175 N11117 Stonewood Drive, Suite 104, Germantown, WI 53022

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