SCRA’s Forging Defense Manufacturing Consortium Announces Board Changes
New Members Approved at Semi-Annual Meeting in San Diego
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- May 17, 2013
During the semi-annual board meeting for the Forging Industry Association –
Department of Defense Manufacturing Consortium (FDMC) held on May 4^th, the
Executive Advisory Board announced changes in board membership and leadership.
Mr. Len Liuzzi of L&L Associates and Mr. Robert Keeler of the Timken Company
retired from the board. Replacing them are Mr. Al Underys of A. Finkl & Sons
and Dr. Dean Bartles of General Dynamics – Ordnance and Tactical Systems. The
board meeting coincided with the Forging Industry Annual Meeting and 100^th
Anniversary Celebration of FIA in San Diego.
Liuzzi served on the FDMC Executive Advisory Board since its inception in
1999, helping create the FDMC and serving as chair since its inception. Keeler
served on the board for 2 years and provided insight into alloy supply issues
with respect to forging supply chains.
Also new leaders of the FDMC were elected from amongst the board members. The
new Chair and Vice Chair of the FDMC Executive Advisory Board are Mr. Kevin
Shaw, Vice President and General Manager of Lenape Forged Products and Mr.
Cesar Garza President of W. Pat Crow, respectively. Having served on the board
for several years, both men are well-positioned to lead the FDMC, leveraging
their experience within the intersecting industrial and defense sectors.
The FDMC is a collaborative effort between the Forging Industry Association in
Cleveland, Ohio and SCRA Applied R&D in Charleston, South Carolina. The FDMC
currently supports the Defense Logistics Agency under the DLA’s Manufacturing
Technology Program known as FAST (Forging Advanced Systems and Technologies)
Program. This multi-year, multi-million dollar, industry cost shared program
is investigating and developing solutions to vexing technical and enterprise
problems which challenge the Department of Defense and industry. The program
is supported and led by elements with DLA’s Contracting and Program Management
Teams in Philadelphia, PA, Fort Belvoir and Richmond VA.
“SCRA Applied R&D continues to lead outstanding collaborations that produce
real results,” said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. “We congratulate the new board
members on their positions, and we look forward to furthering this successful
At SCRA we believe in service to greater missions. SCRA is an applied research
corporation with over 30 years of experience delivering technology solutions
with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill
our mission, SCRA has three sectors: Our Technology Ventures sector helps
early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our
Applied R&D sector manages over 100 national and international programs worth
over $2 billion in contract value and our R&D Facilities sector builds and
manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive
work and advanced high-tech manufacturing shops. Multiple economic impact
studies show SCRA’s cumulative output on South Carolina’s economy to be over
Micki Howard, 843-760-3329
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