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Weds. June 12(CMTE. MTGS), 2019 at 8:00 AM
Thurs. June 13
(ANNUAL MTG.), 2019  8 AM - 5:00 PM Friday June 14(PLANT TOUR), 2019 8:00 AM - NOON  

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                       Plaza Quebec Hotel
                    3031 Boulevard Laurier
            Sainte Foy, Quebec CAN  G1V 2M2

             Plant Tour of  Poitras Foundry

          168 Boulevard Nilus-Leclerc, L'Islet QC, CAN


Susan Lambert 
Ductile Iron Society 
sjlambert@ductile.org   or

Jim Wood
Ductile Iron Society


2019 DIS Annual Meeting, June 12 - 14 


Hello: (Please read this info in its entirety)

The DIS Annual meeting will be held on Thursday - Friday, June  13-14, 2019 at the Plaza Quebec Hotel, 3031 Boulevard Laurier, Sainte Foy, Quebec City, CAN.  DIS Committee meetings will be held Wednesday, June 12.  The foundry tour will be to Poitras Foundry, 168 Boulevard.Nilus-LeClerc, L'islet, QC, CAN. See Tentative Meeting Agenda link below for times. A list of speakers is posted here. 

Click the "Register Now" button to register online. REMEMBER TO CHOOSE THE "PAY WITH CREDIT OR DEBIT CARD" OPTION AND IGNORE THE PAYPAL OPTIONS when paying by CC. 

There is a PDF registration form and Committee meetings locations  link at the bottom of the page for downloading if you would rather register via paper form and pay by check or CC. This form is also available on the DIS Website at www.ductile.org.

Please register now to assure your place at this important and informative meeting.  A block of rooms is being held for the nights of  June 12-13.  Please reserve your room now to assure your reservation by calling  the Hotel at their number of 1-800-567-JARO or through their website at www.hotelsjaro.com. Use group code 4828313 to assure the room rate of $169.99 single/double. All hotel room rates are CAN funds exchange rate and not USF. The hotel cutoff date is Monday, April 27, 2019.

A limited number of rooms are available for the night of  June 11 for DIS committee members who will be arriving a day early for committee meetings and a few for the night of June 10 if you need to come a day earlier. Committee schedule and meeting room locations are shown below.   

The registration fee for this meeting is $300.00 per person and spouses can attend for $150.00.  NOTE: Overseas foundry members and alumni can attend for no registration fee. Under age 35 Attendees can attend for the discounted rate of $100.00 for this meeting. Make sure when registering, you choose this option.


Safety NotesPoitras requires that visitors wear steel toe safety shoes. Poitras will provide hard hats and safety glasses.

DIS REFUND POLICY: (Please read carefully)  

  • Full refund up to 14 days in advance,
  • 50% refund from 14 to 3 days in advance,
  • No refund within 3 days of meeting,
  • $50 extra on registrations paid after May 31 or at door! 


Wednesday, June 12, 2019 (DIS Committee Meetings)

  • 8:00 AM Research Cmte. Mtg - Vivaldi/Wagner Room 
  • Noon Registration Desk Opens - 1st Floor Lobby 
  • 1:00 PM Program & Publications Cmte. - Haendel Room 
  • 1:00 PM Ductile Iron Marketing Cmte. - Brahms/Bach/Schubert Room 
  • 1:00 PM Univ. Relations Cmte. - Tchaichovsky Room 
  • 1:00 PM Member Services Cmte - Verdi Room 
  • 3:00 PM Directors Mtg. - Verdi Room 
  • 3:00 PM Metalcasting Forum Group - Vivaldi/Wagner Room 
  • 6:00-7:30 PM Reception - Plaza II Room 

Thursday, June 13, 2019 Annual Meeting

  • 7:15 AM Registration Desk Opens -1st Floor Lobby 
  • 8:00 AM Technical Session - Plaza I Room 
  • 12:00 Noon Group Lunch - Plaza II Room 
  • 1:00 PM Technical Session Resumes - Plaza I Room 
  • 5:00 PM Technical Session Adjourns 
  • 6:30 PM Reception - Plaza II Room 
  • 7:30 PM Banquet - Plaza II Room

Friday, June 14, 2019 Annual Meeting

  • 8:00 AM Bus Departs from Hotel lobby for tour of Poitras Foundry 
  •  Noon Bus returns to hotel/Adjourn


Partial List of Topics and Speakers


  •   8:00 AM  Foundry Fire Experiences Panel - 
  • Eric Nelson - Dotson (30 minutes)
  • Chris Buck - Donsco (30 minutes)
  • Matthew Meyer - Kohler (30 minutes)
  •   8:45 AM  Foundry Fire Experiences Panel, Cont'd.
  •   9:30 AM  Melting Issues at Rochester Metal Products - Craig Sederholm - Rochester Metal Products
  •                   Ductile Iron Brittleness at Medium Temperature - Delin Li - CanmetMATERIALS
  • 10:15 AM  "Refreshment Break"
  • 10:30 AM  The Effects of Scandium Addition on Cast Iron Microstructure & Mechanical Properties,"                           Erin Heidelberger – Applied Process Technologies
  • 11:15 AM  Welding Ductile Iron - Trevor Beach - Betz Industries
  •   1:00 PM  Ferroalloy Plant Operation - Charles Tremblay - Elkem Chicoutimi, QC
  •   1:45 PM  Background for Tensile Testing Proposal for DIS Research - Lyle Heberling - ICRI
  •   2:30 PM  Understanding Ductile Iron Casting Defects through Thermal Analysis of Your Melt -
  •                        Yohan Tremblay - Foundry Solutions
  •   3:15 PM  "Refreshment Break"
  •   3:30 PM  Learning in the Transition from Pressurized to Non-Pressurized Gating -     
  •                        Jonathan Marcoux - Soucy Belgen, Inc. 
  •   4:15 PM  Case Studies on the Use of a Green Sand Additive to Optimize the Sand System -
  •                        Harry Seibel - Refcotec


    Click the link below to see the Wednesday committee schedule and meeting rooms or to register via paper form.

    Once again, we appreciate your ongoing support for the Ductile Iron Society.

    Jim Wood