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  NEWS & EVENTS
Federal Metal's Rik Kohn retiring at end of September
Century mark
National Safe Drinking Water Law Passed
Peter Nagusky Attending Annual NFFS Meeting October 8, 2010
Mike Buyarski Attends AFS Conference, September, 2010
Chris Greenfield participated in roundtable discussion at the Commodities Forum
Chris Greenfield to speak at Commodities Roundtable Forum September 13-15, 2010
Federal Metal Production Adopts Continuous Operations
Federal Metal becomes Union-Free
Leo Pinkard promoted to position of Plant Manager
CastExpo '10 -- Orlando, Florida
Peter Nagusky Named President of The Federal Metal Company
New Website Launch, 2010
Buyarski a Featured Speaker at November, 2009 AFS Conference
New Safety Record, December, 2009
 
  PRESS RELEASES
Rik Kohn to Retire from Federal Metal -- September 27, 2016
Federal Metal 5-Time Weatherhead 100 Winner -- December, 2010

 

 


RIK KOHN TO RETIRE FROM FEDERAL METAL

Rik Kohn, Vice President, is retiring after a 35-year career with The Federal Metal Company.

Mr. Kohn joined Federal Metal in February 1981 and since that date has led the company's buying, trading, and sales departments. He has served as Vice President of Sales since 1995.

"I hired Rik in 1981 with a belief that his integrity, work ethic and energy would serve our company well. I underestimated him," says David Nagusky, Chairman of The Federal Metal Company. "When Rik joined us 35 years ago we were a medium sized ingot maker with a regional footprint. During Rik's tenure, we transformed the company on both sides of the commercial transaction. We expanded our reach as buyers and traders of scrap, and we now sell our ingot to a global market. His work has been transformative."

A 1970 graduate of the University of Michigan, Mr. Kohn served as senior manager of the football team during Bo Schembechler's inaugural season as coach. He began his career in teaching, and then family counseling, before joining The Federal Metal Company. During his tenure, Mr. Kohn served on the board of directors of the National Association of Recycling Industries (NARI) and then as Non Ferrous Chair for the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Additionally, Mr. Kohn was and continues to be an active member of the community. He was local President of American Jewish Committee (AJC), and on the board of directors of the national AJC. He has also been a long time board member of Ideastream, Northern Ohio's non-profit public broadcasting corporation. He currently serves as President of the Northern Ohio Golf Association, an organization dedicated to a mission of promoting and preserving the game of golf in Northern Ohio.

"Rik has been a fixture at Federal Metal and in our industry for my 20 year career, thank goodness," says Peter Nagusky, President. "His mentorship and experience has been invaluable to me personally, and to our company. We wish Rik much happiness in his retirement, as he gets the opportunity to travel and spend more time with his wife Nancy, and their family. His energy and passion for our company and industry will be greatly missed."

Established in 1913, The Federal Metal Company is a leading brass and bronze ingot manufacturer, and a trader of non-ferrous materials.


FEDERAL METAL 5-TIME WEATHERHEAD 100 WINNER – DECEMBER, 2010

For the fifth year in a row, The Federal Metal Company was recognized as one of the fastest growing companies in Northeast Ohio by The Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University and the Council of Smaller Enterprises (COSE).

Since 1987, the annual Weatherhead 100 awards dinner has showcased the fastest growing companies in the region.  Federal Metal made its first appearance on the list in 2006.  In 2007, Federal Metal received special recognition as the #1 company on the Weatherhead 100 list in the "Centurion" category, dedicated to the fastest growing companies with annual sales exceeding $100 million.

The winners announced in December were identified as the 100 top growth companies in the area based on sales revenue from 2005 through 2009.  Companies on the list must have had sales of more than $100,000 in 2005 and more than $1 million in 2009.

“These last several years have been a lot of fun,” said Peter Nagusky, the President of Federal Metal.  “We are proud to be nearing our one hundredth year in business and still growing in a significant way.”

The Federal Metal Company was the oldest company on the list by 45 years.  Nearly half of the companies in this year’s Weatherhead 100 were established in the last 10 years.  More than 90 percent of those recognized were established in the last 30 years.

To read more about Federal Metal’s business challenges, how it employs innovation, one of its greatest lessons, and how it makes an impact on the community: click here.

 


 

Federal Metal's Rik Kohn retiring at end of September

Rik Kohn

Federal Meal Co. vice president of sales Rik Kohn is set to retire after a 35-year career in the brass and bronze ingot industry.

Kohn will officially exit the Bedford, Ohio-based company at the end of September, he told AMM. He has led buying, trading and the sales departments since joining Federal Metal in 1981, and has served as vice president of sales since 1995.

"It has been an unbelievable opportunity to work with Federal Metal and the Nagusky family. They treated me like I was part of the family and I treated their business like it was mine," he said.

Kohn's time with Federal Metal has been transformative for the company, which has expanded its footprint in the United States and extended its reach to the global market, company chairman David Nagusky said.

Federal Metal is a brass and bronze ingot supplier to the foundry industry and nonferrous trading company that also specializes in lead-free casting alloys, scrap metal products, conversion and tolling work, according to its website.

"I hired Rik in 1981 with a belief that his integrity, work ethic and energy would serve our company well. I underestimated him," Nagusky said in a statement Sept. 27. "When Rik joined us 35 years ago, we were a medium-sized ingot maker with a regional footprint. During Rik's tenure, we transformed the company on both sides of the commercial transaction. We expanded our reach as buyers and traders of scrap, and we now sell our ingot to a global market."

Kohn credits his success over the past three decades to the relationships he has developed within the industry. "I've had wonderful mentors in the business and I've been very lucky to have great relationships in the industry, to mentor and be mentored," he said.

Kohn has been a "fixture" at the company and within the industry, Federal Metal president Peter Nagusky said Sept. 27. "(Kohn's) mentorship and experience (have) been invaluable to me personally and to our company. We wish Rik much happiness in his retirement, as he gets the opportunity to travel and spend more time with his wife Nancy and their family. His energy and passion for our company and industry will be greatly missed."

"Reflecting on the past 35 years, what's outstanding to me most are those with integrity in this business. When I joined the company, Mark Nagusky said to me: 'Your word is your bond.' You remember all of the people who treated you well and gave you mutual respect," Kohn said.

Kohn has served on the National Association of Recycling Industries' board of directors and later as nonferrous chair at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries. He currently is president of the Northern Ohio Golf Association, and has served as local president of the American Jewish Committee, on that group's national board of directors and as a board member of Ideastream, a nonprofit public broadcasting corporation in northern Ohio.

 


 

Century mark

[Peter, Karen and David Nagusky, 4th and 3rd generation stewards]

One hundred years ago yesterday, our company was born. On May 19, 1913, Joseph Nagusky and his partners filed articles of incorporation “to become a body corporate under the name and style of The Federal Metal Company.”

Since that time, we have continued the important and challenging work of recycling and smelting scrap metal. Thanks to our dedicated employees, and all those that served before them, the “name and style” of Federal Metal has become synonymous with integrity, quality, and a passion for service to our customers.

Now, on the dawn of our second century, we mark this occasion and express our heartfelt gratitude to you – our employees, customers, suppliers, vendors, and supporters. You inspire us, and we look forward to a bright future together.

- Peter, Karen and David Nagusky, 4th and 3rd generation stewards

 


 

National Safe Drinking Water Law Passed

Last week, in one of his first official acts of the new year, President Obama signed S. 3874, the Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act. Under the new federal law, the wetted surface of plumbing fixtures that carry drinking water cannot contain more than a weighted average of 0.25% lead. The current federal law allows as much as 8% lead.

"Lead-free plumbing," according to Representative Anna Eshoo (D-CA), who wrote the companion bill in the House, "will be the standard across the nation, because it is the law." The federal bill was based on California’s A.B. 1953 from 2006, which required manufacturers to phase out potential lead exposure from materials in drinking water plumbing by January 2010. Another similar state law, Vermont’s S. 152, also went into effect in January 2010.

The new federal law goes into effect in January 2014, but many of the leading brass foundries have already begun developing and marketing lead-free products that comply. If you need assistance making the transition to "lead-free," or have questions, contact The Federal Metal Company. The company has been at the forefront of this issue for the past 20 years.

Federal Metal manufactures a number of different silicon brass, silicon bronze, tin bronze, and bismuth brass alloys, including the Federalloy™ group of alloys. Each foundry is different, and so are many of the products used in drinking water applications. Federal Metal’s staff excels at helping customers select the best lead-free alternative, and then helps them develop procedures in the foundry to produce quality castings.

"Even though manufacturers of products used in drinking water pipes, pipe fittings, and plumbing fixtures have 36 months to comply with the national legislation, now is the time to act," said Mike Buyarski, Federal Metal’s Vice President of Technical Services, who is active in the major industry groups that have been working on this issue for many years.

The Reduction of Lead in Drinking Water Act is intended to remove the serious health threat and economic burden caused by lead exposure from household water sources. It received bipartisan Congressional support and was backed by a broad coalition of industry, government, and environmental organizations.

 


 

Chris Greenfield participated in roundtable discussion at the Commodities Forum, September, 2010

Chris Greenfield participated in a roundtable discussion at the Commodities Forum in Chicago in September. To learn more about trends in the industry, give him a call at 440.232.8700 Ext. 2209. Send an Email

 


 

Mike Buyarski Attends AFS Conference, September, 2010

If you missed hearing Mike Buyarski speak about Castability of Lead Free Copper Alloys at the September, 2010 AFS East Coast Regional Conference, give him a call to discuss his remarks at 440.232.8700 Ext 211. Send an Email

 


 

Peter Nagusky Attending Annual NFFS Meeting October 8, 2010

Look for Peter Nagusky at the upcoming NFFS Annual Meeting October 8 – 11th at The Inn at Harbour Town in Hilton Head, South Carolina.

 


 

Chris Greenfield to speak at Commodities Roundtable Forum September 13-15, 2010

Our Vice President of Purchasing, Chris Greenfield, will participate in a panel discussion of experts at the Commodities Roundtable Forum on September 13-15, 2010. The Forum will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, Illinois.

Chris and the panel will share their thoughts on the near-term future of the copper market as prices have fallen through the summer months to record lows. Will prices rebound? The panel with tackle that question and more with frank discussion of trends and the anticipated price influx of copper in the third and fourth quarters of 2010.

Providing key leadership throughout our procurement process, Chris manages the majority of our supplier relationships, determines market pricing and negotiates contracts.

 


 

Federal Metal Responds to Production Demands by Adopting Continuous Operations 

August, 2010  (Cleveland, Ohio) – In response to more demanding delivery requirements, for the first time in its 97-year history, The Federal Metal Company is now running continuous operations, 7 days a week, on its coreless induction electric furnace lines. The electric furnaces are used to manufacture engineering alloys for applications ranging from bushings and gears to propellers and pumps.

"For the last several years we have seen increased demand for engineering alloys," says Rik Kohn, Vice President of Sales. "This demand has sometimes pushed our production capacity to the limits, forcing weekend work and many six day weeks. By going twenty-four-seven, we want to be in a better position to stock the right inventory, gain on our backlog, and allow our sales force to offer shorter lead times, a key advantage in this competitive environment."

"I was thrilled when I found out the workforce and management jointly developed a plan to properly staff the furnaces for continuous operations," says Terri Kelsey, a company salesperson. "We work really hard to solve problems for our customers, and so many times those solutions have to do with our ability to respond quickly."

Mike Buyarski, Vice President of Technical Services, credits the company’s emphasis on product quality and improved inert melting process for the need to expand the production workweek. He says it also helps that there is a focus on the need to keep operating costs competitive. "We can only sell product if we can produce it quickly and to exacting specifications. Our productivity is at historically high levels, and our scrap rate is at its lowest level in the company’s history," he said.

"Moving to continuous operations is a real credit to our hourly workforce and front-line supervisors, who continue to play a key role in helping us meet customer requirements," says Plant Manager Leo Pinkard. 

Peter Nagusky, President

1.800.736.6636 Ext. 2206

7250 Division Street

Bedford, Ohio 44146

USA

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For the First Time in 45 Years, Federal Metal is Union-Free

July, 2010 (Cleveland, Ohio) – For the first time in more than 45 years, The Federal Metal Company is union-free. Our employees tell the story best, and you can enjoy this brief video (about 3 min.) that captures our ONE TEAM concept, with the ONE GOAL of being the best company in the industry.

Please feel free to contact any member of our team with your comments or questions. Together, we are more focused than ever on delivering products and services that exceed your expectations.

 

Peter Nagusky, President

1.800.736.6636 Ext. 2206

7250 Division Street

Bedford, Ohio 44146

USA

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The Federal Metal Company is pleased to announce the promotion of Leo Pinkard to the position of Plant Manager.

In this capacity Leo will report directly to Peter Nagusky, President of The Federal Metal Company and take responsibility for all manufacturing and plant operations. This promotion comes after 10 years of service in various supervisory and leadership capacities, each marked with sustained improvements in safety, quality and productivity.

Prior to joining Federal Metal, Leo worked for 26 years at Aluminum Smelting & Refining Company and Certified Alloys Company, a zinc producer, in Maple Heights, Ohio, where he was the Vice President of Manufacturing.

"Leo is one of the most gifted natural leaders in our facility, so it has been a lot of fun to see Leo put his stamp on our operations," said Peter Nagusky, President of The Federal Metal Company. "He is a great manager who enjoys the respect of our associates and has helped us become one team, focused on serving our customers."

Leo assumes this position as Federal Metal says goodbye to C. Todd Kidder, who recently accepted a position as Chief Metallurgist at Mueller Industries in Memphis, TN, where he will report directly to the CEO.

Mike Buyarski, Chief Metallurgist and Vice President of Technical Services, will assume Todd's technical responsibilities. Mike is currently active in several industry associations and will now represent the company at Copper Development Association (CDA) and American Water Works Association (AWWA).

"Federal Metal is lucky to have the breadth and depth of experience to serve our customers well, lead the industry in technical contributions and maintain strength in operations. Our investment in our people is a guiding value that has served us well for nearly 100 years," said Nagusky. "We wish Todd Kidder the best at Mueller Industries, and we are proud to expand the responsibilities of Leo Pinkard and Mike Buyarski."

 


 

CastExpo '10 -- Orlando, Florida
 
Event: CastExpo ‘10
Date: March 20, 2010
Location: Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL
Co-Sponsored by: AFS & NADCA
Attending from Federal Metal: Rik Kohn, Terri Kelsey, Mike Fekete, Mike Buyarski, Todd Kidder, Warren Plesmid & Jason Seeley

 

 


 

Peter Nagusky Named President of The Federal Metal Company

Cleveland, Ohio, USA - The Federal Metal Company has announced that Peter Nagusky has been promoted to President effective February 3, 2010. In his new position, he will have management responsibility for one of the leading copper-based secondary smelters in North America. David Nagusky, his father, has now assumed the positions of Chairman and CEO and will remain actively involved in the company.

Peter Nagusky joined Federal Metal in 1997, after earning a Masters of Business Administration degree from the Weatherhead School of Management. He held a variety of operations positions during his first seven years at the company, ranging from shipping and receiving to plant manager. More recently, he was the primary metals purchaser and trader. For the past three years, Peter and David have been responsible for the day-to-day running of the company.

The Federal Metal Company was founded by Joseph Nagusky in 1913. Nearly 100 years later, his great-grandson Peter Nagusky is eager to continue the company's growth. With a proud tradition of quality and customer focus, Federal Metal produces hundreds of tons of ingot every week - priced competitively, that enable manufacturers of cast alloy products to succeed in today's competitive markets. The firm employs 70 people and has experienced considerable growth and expansion, increasing its market share domestically and internationally.

"Our company is in an exciting growth phase with a lot of new challenges out there. Peter has the right background and experience to take the business forward. He has demonstrated an ability to identify products and services that bring greater value to our customers" said David Nagusky, Chairman and CEO. "As a fourth generation owner, Peter also understands the importance of continuity and stability in our industry."

The Federal Metal Company is a leading supplier of brass and bronze ingot to the foundry industry throughout the world. It specializes in lead-free casting alloys, technical expertise and customer service in order to meet a wide variety of metalcasting needs. Federal Metal is headquartered in Bedford, Ohio, USA.

 

 


 

New Website Launch, 2010

Federal Metal Launches Newly Redesigned, Customer-Centric Web Site

January 27, 2010 (Cleveland, OH) The Federal Metal Company has invested in a new web site designed to meet the changing needs of the company's expanding customer base. As foundries require more and better information, Federal Metal has launched a completely new web site with enhanced features. Customers will be able to quickly contact Federal Metal's technical team, learn about lead-free alloys, reference detailed alloy charts and even subscribe to a technical blog.

"The previous version of our website was not reflective of our growth as a company, the passion we have for brass, and our technical expertise," according to Peter Nagusky, Executive Vice President. "Our customers deserve a faster and better web site with a clearer path to finding the information they need."

With a technical team that visits foundry customers on a regular basis, the new web site is also intended as a place for foundries and end users to find answers to commonly asked questions and concerns. As Mike Buyarski and Todd Kidder solve problems in the field, they will post their insights on an accompanying blog, meant to offer insight to other customers.

The company credits Shaffer DESIGN Works, Foxcroft Consulting, LLC, and Jamie Janos Photography for the improved redesign.

The Federal Metal Company is a leading supplier of brass and bronze ingot to the foundry industry throughout the world. Known for lead-free casting alloys, technical expertise and its customer service, The Federal Metal Company helps foundries in a wide variety of industries make better castings.

For more information, contact:

Peter Nagusky, Executive Vice President

1.800.736.6636 Ext. 2206

7250 Division Street

Bedford, Ohio 44146

USA

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Buyarski a Featured Speaker at November, 2009 AFS Conference

Mike Buyarski, VP of Technical Service, was a featured speaker at the American Foundrys Society's (AFS) Art Casting Conference held at Arizona State University. Mike's presentations, "Correct Handling of Copper-Based Alloys" and "Copper-Base Melting & Pouring Demonstration" were popular among attendees which included several ASU art students. The conference was held November 12 - 13, 2009 at the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts in Tempe, Arizona.

The Art Casting event was specifically designed to allow the art casting community access to AFS resources including prominent experts in the metal casting industry. Joined by others on the speaking panel with expertise in the metal casting industry, Mike's knowledge base includes new technologies, procedures, equipment, materials and other innovations that have contributed to enhancing metal casting productivity and quality.

For assistance pouring C83600, C83450, Alloy 255, C85200, C87300, C87610, C97300, C97400, C97600 and C97800 for art casting purposes, contact Mike directly by:

Phone: 1.800.736.6636 Ext. 2211
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New Safety Record, December, 2009

Federal Metal Achieves New Safety Record in Q4, 2009

By year end 2009, The Federal Metal Company has worked more than 500 consecutive days without a lost time accident. This stretch breaks a long-standing company safety record. The previous safety record was working 330 consecutive work days without a lost-time accident which stood for more than 10 years.

"As we remain lean in this tough economy, we continue to ask more of our employees. Their dedication to producing quality products with an attention on safe work habits is a tribute to their commitment to Federal Metal" says Dale Ragazinskas, Safety Manager at Federal Metal.

Recent safety rates released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that foundries continue to register well above the national manufacturing average for recordable injuries and illnesses.

The good news is that injuries are not rising concurrently with productivity. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, manufacturing sector productivity grew 13.4% in the third quarter of 2009, as output rose 8.4%. The third quarter gain in manufacturing productivity was the largest in the manufacturing sector, which begins in the second quarter of 1987. Over the last four quarters, manufacturing productivity grew 3%.

Peter Nagusky, Executive Vice President of Federal Metal notes, "In a time of increased demand for our products, we remain extremely focused on safe work practices."

The Federal Metal Company is a leading supplier of brass and bronze ingot to the foundry industry throughout the world. Known for lead-free casting alloys, technical expertise and its customer service, The Federal Metal Company helps foundries in a wide variety of industries make better castings.

For more information, contact:

Peter Nagusky, Executive Vice President

1.800.736.6636 Ext. 2206

7250 Division Street

Bedford, Ohio 44146

USA

Send an Email

 

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