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50th-Yr. Celebration for WT’s Industry Career

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Employee associates, former employees, long-time sales reps, suppliers, industry friends and colleagues, as well as his wife Carolyn and his extended family of four children and many grand-children gathered at CWM in a surprise June celebration of CEO Walter Treiber’s career.

The event highlighted the beginning of his 50th year devoted to the industry and the organization he loves.
Heartfelt toasts were made. Milestones in technology advancements, awards and association activities that have helped grow the die casting industry were noted in a moving speech by his son Eric, as CWM president and COO the third Treiber generation to lead the company.

Founded in a Chicago loft above a fish market in 1937 by Walter Treiber, Sr., under his son’s leadership CWM
has grown to a state-of-the-art 136,000 sq. ft. plant and office facility serving leading high-technology OEMs worldwide.

2011 College Scholarships Announced

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Chicago White Metal Casting recognizes that education plays a vital role in a person’s short and long range growth and in 2011 will again sponsor its College
Scholarship Fund to provide educational opportunities for the families of CWM employees.

Any employee of CWM who has been employed for a period of three consecutive years, working on a full time basis, may apply for the College Scholarship Award on behalf of their dependent children who are under 24 years of age.

The scholarship award is determined each year by the CWM Charitable Foundation’s Scholarship Board. It can be used at any accredited college, university or trade school within the USA. A maximum of $1,500 per year, per individual may be awarded, up to a total amount of $3,000 per family each year.

Eric Treiber Chairs NADCA Govt. Affairs

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Eric Treiber, CEO and President of CWM, has been named Chairman of the North American Die Casting Association’s Government Affairs Committee, it was announced by Dan Twarog, President of NADCA.

Fostering Alliances for the Industry
This Committee, on behalf of the entire die casting industry, is charged with aiding the fostering of strategic alliances with legislators in Washington and increasing the effectiveness of grassroots efforts of industry companies in helping achieve a positive legislative agenda. Its current program is focussed on the importance of retaining a strong, competitive manufacturing base in the U.S.

Eric brings to his chairmanship a background in helping develop industry-wide relationships with the U.S. EPA, which included participation in the agency’s Sustainable Industries Metalcasting Sector Program, plus the SF6 Emission Reduction Partnership for the Magnesium Industry.

Chicago Rehabilitation Institute Award to CWM

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By implementing a plan to help an employee transition back into the working world after a stroke, Chicago White Metal has earned the 2007 Corporate Award from the prestigious Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, which is dedicated to helping people with physical disabilities live a fulfilling life.

“CWM needed to work closely with the employee’s rehabilitation case worker to review, organize and monitor his work schedules, workload and overall physical condition,” according to Anne Andrews, newly appointed CWM Human Resources Manager. “We did this with the guidance of his direct supervisor and the managers of several CWM departments to determine what the optimum permanent fit would be for him at Chicago White Metal Casting.”

Appointments to Fulfillment & Client Support

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Bill Erbacci to Customer Care/Fulfillment Mgr.
In his new role, Bill Erbacci will actively engage with customers, providing support and guidance to client services. Starting with CWM in 1991 on the customer service team, Bill moved over to IT three years later to help with the implementation of our new B&L Information System. In 1994, he took over as Production Computer Coordinator and was later promoted to Production Supervisor.

A recipient of CWM’s prestigious Eagle Award in 1999, Bill has a deep knowledge of customer ordering patterns — an asset to all who work with him. Helping Bill in his new role will be Melinda Gonzalez and Margo Higgins, who will now report directly to him.

Margo Higgins Appointed Client Support Rep.
With 20-plus years of customer service experience, Margo Higgins now serves as an expert liaison between our customers and the CWM team. She’ll be responsible for resolving any issues pertaining to the prompt and effective delivery of service.

Outside the office, Margo and her husband, Larry, have a very full house with two children, 13-year-old Nikki and 11-year-old Kyle, and three dogs. Margo also enjoys fishing and camping.

CWM 3-way Win in NADCA Casting Competition

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Three entries by Chicago White Metal Casting were winners in each of their categories in the 2009 Die Casting Design Contest of the North American Die Casting Assn., scoring a first-ever triple win for CWM in this international contest.

 For Aluminum Die Castings, 1 to 10 lbs., CWM was the winner with a baseplate control support structure for a dental workstation, serving as a rigid platform for mounting air, water and pneumatic control lines concealed with a cosmetic cover. Cut-out features over a 6 in. length across the 8.5 in. center width of this plate restricts the edge-to-edge metal flow, creating a challenging die fill. CWM employed its Magmasoft simulation software in developing the optimum gating system for this component.

 For Aluminum Die Castings, under 1 lb., the winning as-cast die casting went to the CWM automotive mirror mount. This casting achieves the structural integrity and critical dimensional accuracy required to withstand years of
trouble-free operation through wide changes in temperature and humidity. The ball end is held to a tolerance of +/-0.1 mm that must be maintained over a long production run.

 For Magnesium Die Castings, over .5 lbs., CWM’s third winner was a set of two hot-chamber Mg side-walls for a medical imager, providing exterior cosmetics as well as critical functions to this state-of-the-art desktop unit: the die cast walls assure cassette alignment and support for rollers and motors. Die cast Mg offered optimum dimensional accuracy and repeatability, with flatness held as-cast to .032 in. or less over almost a 20 in. length, and significant weight reduction. A proprietary injection system eliminated edge gating, with metal injected directly into the die casting.

More details, and photos, on the award-winning Mg medical imager side-wall die castingsabovego to Case Study No. 37.”
For photos of all three of the 2009 award-winning die castings, go to “Triple-Win Case Study No. 40.