A History of Industry Recognition and Awards
Since 1964 Hunter has dedicated itself to advancing the foundry industry. In return, the industry has recognized the company and its founder for its significant contributions. Examples of that recognition include….
OCTOBER 16, 1990 - The American Cast Metals Association (later the American Foundry Society) cited company founder William Allan ‘Al’ Hunter for “his tremendous contribution to the metal casting industry through the development of the first automated Matchplate-molding system….which enabled small and medium size foundries, to make castings faster and better, and to make significant penetration into new markets, domestic and international.”
SEPTEMBER 25, 2001 – The American Foundry Society (AFS) Wm. J. Grede Award was presented to Al Hunter at the AFS annual Foundry Executive Conference. The award is given “for major contributions in the field of management, marketing or education which has resulted in expanding the effective use of metal castings.”
AUGUST 9, 2012 – The Foundry Education Foundation (FEF) --- a nonprofit organization representing the foundry industry’s first link to college campuses --- recognized Hunter Foundry Machinery Corporation, in appreciation of its “continued dedication to the furtherance of the organization’s goals and ideals.” Hunter also established a scholarship fund for students wishing to enter the foundry industry. Hunter endowed the fund with a $25,000 seed. The scholarship is named for company founder and industry pioneer Al Hunter, who passed away in 2011.
SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 – Foundry Management & Technology (FM&T), a Penton publication, named company founder Al Hunter to its ‘Hall Of Honor.’ The article detailing Mr. Hunter's induction, stated, “In a career spanning more than five decades, Al Hunter changed the way castings are produced. His concepts improved the methods for manufacturing and handling molds and cores, and his designs brought success to foundries around the word. With his signature accomplishment, the Hunter Automatic Matchplate Molding Machine, he reconceived sand molding, granting flexibility and reliability to hundreds of foundries, helping to make them more competitive. With acknowledgement of his ingenuity & determination, & appreciation for his influences on metalcasting processes, we recognize Al Hunter as a member of the Foundry Management & Technology Hall of Honor.”