Casting Competition

The AFS/Casting Source Casting Competition is your chance to show the engineering and purchasing community what a metal casting can accomplish. Beyond the company recognition and industry public relations gained through the honored castings, all entries can appear in Casting Source magazine's departments. The 2020 winners will be showcased at Cast in North America at Metalcasting Congress in April 2020.

Participation is open to all North American metalcasters and designers/users of metal castings. Previous entries may be resubmitted. Castings are sought in all metals, casting processes, end-use applications and sizes/weights. Click here for the entry form.

Independent judges will evaluate each entry on:

  • Benefits delivered to the casting customer.
  • Benefits delivered to the casting customer due to conversion from another process
  • The use of the casting process’ unique capabilities.
  • Contribution to growth and expansion of the casting market.

This year, winners will be broken out into categories, with an all-around Casting of the Year winner still chosen.
The categories will be:

1.    Newcomer (Rookie of the Year)
This award will go to a company that has not submitted a casting in the last 10 years. Don’t be intimidated to enter the contest and show your stuff.
2.    Best Example of a Casting Conversion
This award will recognize companies that used metalcasting’s strengths to convert a product from a non-casting process.
3.    Achievement in a Small Foundry Business
Not every foundry has armies of staff. Smaller facilities are doing great work, and they are a key part of the industry. This will reward companies that are doing more with fewer workers.
4.    Best Innovation/Prototype
The metalcasting industry continues to evolve and stride into the future. That’s partly because metalcasters are always stretching capabilities and looking for newer and better. This category is for castings that might not be ready for full production but could be the precursor to the next big thing.

The deadline for submission is Feb. 14, 2020. Please complete the form (with any supplemental information) and send it, along with the casting, to:

Casting Competition’20
1695 N. Penny Ln.
Schaumburg, IL 60173-4555. 

If you have any questions, contact Brian Sandalow at or Casting Competition, 1695 N. Penny Lane, Schaumburg, IL 60173.

Neenah Wins 2019 Casting of the Year















AFS Corporate Member Neenah Foundry (Neenah, Wisconsin) and Amerequip Corporation (Kiel, Wisconsin) worked together on converting an 11-piece steel weldment into a single ductile iron casting. The new swing frame, which is used on a compact utility tractor backhoe attachment, was the result of collaboration of the two Wisconsin-based companies and resulted in an improvement of quality and efficiency.

Not only did this casting bring a new customer to Neenah Foundry, it also brought Neenah the 2019 Casting of the Year award from the American Foundry Society and Metal Casting Design & Purchasing Magazine. Neenah was recognized for introducing a customer to the benefits of casting and converting a weldment into a cast component. The switch also helps Amerequip produce the part in a more efficient and cost-effective manner as it ramps up volume.

“This is a good example of time saved in production that a casting can bring,” one judge wrote.
The AFS/Metal Casting Design & Purchasing Magazine Casting Competition is held every year to give North American metalcasting facilities the chance to show the engineering and purchasing community what a cast metal part can accomplish.

Nine other castings were honored with awards or named as Outstanding Achievements.
Award winners:

  • NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR: Bogie Crossmember (Consolidated Metco)
  • ACHIEVEMENT BY A SMALL FOUNDRY: RF Cavity Center Section (Roman Manufacturing/Quality Non-Ferrous Foundry)
  • BEST PROTOTYPE OR INNOVATION: Interplanetary Lander Body Structure (Tooling & Equipment International)

Outstanding achievements:

  • Pump Housing (O'Fallon Casting)
  • Drone Frame (Aristo-Cast)
  • T1XX Side Door Mirror Reinforcement Bracket (Magna Cosma Casting Michigan)
  • Front Bracket Extension (Monarch Industries)
  • Opener Frame (Lethbridge Iron Works)