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ECFG Completes Customer Survey!

Thank you to our customers who participated in our recent Customer Survey.  

The feedback you provided is extremely important in our efforts to remain a World Class Open Die Forger.  All of the data has been analyzed and a high level summary has been presented to our Executive Team and Quality Council.  In addition, a webinar has been created for our inside and outside sales groups so that we can see where we are doing well and where we need to improve.  The personalized comments were very helpful and allowed us to better target specific areas of our customer service.   We plan to conduct a formal customer survey annually, but we are happy to receive your feedback at any time.  Congratulations to our 2 winners who received $100 gift cards in our drawing!


25 Year Club Recognition Wall


Top Row, L-R: Dan Schuster (44 years of service); Cliff Shaffer (45 years) ; Doug Brenneman (44 years). Bottom Row, L-R: Joe Pinkle (45 years); Bob Saunders (48 years)

Ellwood City Forge is proud to unveil its new 25 Year Club recognition wall with the help of its five longest tenured employees, Bob Saunders (started September 1969; current position Nondestructive Evaluation Manager), Cliff Shaffer (October 1972; Heat Treat Crane Operator), Joe Pinkle (January 1973; Production Manager), Dan Schuster (September 1973; Millwright), and Doug Brenneman (November 1973; Machine Shop Crane Operator).

These gentlemen proudly recall how they got their start at what was then called “Ellwood Forge.” As a 19 year old, Joe Pinkle worked at the local potato chip plant, where he received no benefits. He tried repeatedly to gain employment at the Forge to no avail. When Joe’s coworker was offered a position at the Forge, Joe’s mother decided to take action and wrote a letter to Representative Frank Clark requesting a recommendation. Joe still has the congressman’s response, dated December 1972. It took an act of congress to get Joe into the Forge!

Dan Schuster had a slightly easier entry. Dan worked at Hazen’s Service Station. Bob Barensfeld, president and CEO of the Forge, would regularly pick Dan up at the station for the short drive to the office, then leave his car with Dan for a wash. When Dan married and Hazen’s was unable to offer insurance for his wife, Dan explained his predicament to Mr. Barensfeld. His attentive service must have made an impression because he was soon offered a position at the Forge.

ECF nearly missed out on Doug Brenneman. Doug’s father was a supervisor at George K. Garrett, manufacturer of metal washers. Doug was hired on a November Saturday at Garrett. In the meantime, Doug had applied to be a laborer at the Forge and received a call from Dale Kaufman for an interview. Doug was hesitant because he had been told the Forge would soon be laying off—why would he want to join a business that was about to layoff? Dale explained to Doug that the layoff was merely a regularly scheduled winter shutdown. Once he understood, Doug decided the Forge was his choice and he called Garrett’s right there from Dale’s office, letting them know he’d been hired at the Forge. He started night turn straight away, 11pm-7am that night, without any employment papers signed—times have changed! Looking back, Doug feels this was one of the best decisions of his life. As he explains, “it’s been a family.”

Cliff Shaffer remembers working as a dinky operator when he got started. One day the Small Press crew needed help running the crane, so they pulled Cliff in. Cliff recalls the Heat Treat crane operator, Tim Keul, training him for about twenty minutes, admonishing him to go slowly and be careful, and sent him on his way. Though the press crew were hot to move material quickly, Cliff followed Tim’s advice and took his time, keeping everyone safe. Cliff has had the opportunity to take the trainer’s role many times since then, coaching countless employees on crane.

Bob Saunders has the distinction of the longest service term of any Ellwood City Forge employee. In his 48 years on the job he has collected many stories; to hear his you’d best chat with Bob directly—his anecdote about searching the scrap pile for conduit may best be left a personal conversation! Times have certainly changed.

We want to express our heartfelt thanks to Dan, Doug, Cliff, Bob and Joe for their many years of hard work and camaraderie. Their service, and that of all our employees, form the cornerstone to success and the continued growth of Ellwood City Forge, now and into the future.

ECF to Exhibit at Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition


The Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition will be held on March 13-15, 2018 at the Moody Gardens Hotel & Convention Center in Galveston, Texas.

Headquartered in Ellwood City, Pennsylvania, Ellwood Group, Inc. companies produce engineered, heavy metal sections for capital specialty equipment manufacturers in the United States and around the world. Our business units are fully integrated, providing steelmaking, open and closed-die forging, horizontal and vertical heat treatment, rough and finish machining, fabrication, welding, and cladding.

Operating from 4 manufacturing facilities, Ellwood City Forge is known worldwide as a leader in the open-die forging industry. ECF manufactures concentric and eccentric contoured forgings and single cross-section products from carbon, alloy, stainless, tool steels and nickel alloys in weights up to 110,000 pounds, lengths to 57 feet, and diameters to 96 inches.

We specialize in a variety of custom forgings including shafts, blocks, eccentrics, sleeves, rings, discs, billet and bar. ECF is well equipped to provide your critical subsea oil and gas components such as blowout preventers, top drive shafts, fluid end blocks, wellhead forgings, keel joints, and tension joints. Through our precision machine shop, Ellwood Ohio Machine, ECF provides finish machining, fabricating and welding services for products weighing up to 120,000 pounds.

For over 100 years, we have offered competitive pricing and lead times, combined with unparalleled on-time delivery. Please stop by booth 221 to speak with one of our experienced employees about how ECF can provide a business solution for your critical needs!

Hope to see you there!

Ellwood City Forge Annual Sales Meeting July 25-26, 2017


So many smiling faces!  Our annual sales meeting was a great opportunity to get together for dinner to celebrate another successful year and strategize for our future success.   Ellwood City Forge has been making open-die steel forgings for over 100 years, and we work hard to use the latest techniques and state-of-the-art equipment to provide the high-quality forgings that our customers demand.   Thank you to our outside sales group who traveled to Ellwood City for our meeting, which included exciting topics like our new bar peeler.   To learn more, please contact us at or visit our website at


Ellwood Welcomes Guy Brada

Ellwood City Forge is pleased to welcome Guy Brada in the role of Technical Sales Service Manager.  Upon joining Ellwood Group, Inc., Guy worked with Ellwood Materials Technology (EMT), EGI’s research and development group.

Guy possesses over 25 years of experience in metallurgy.  Prior to joining Ellwood he was employed as the Director of Quality and Product Development at Finkl Steel Company.  Previous employment includes working as the Chief Metallurgist at A. Finkl & Sons Company and FPM Heat Treating, as well as Senior Metallurgical Engineer/Consultant with Bodycote Materials Testing.

He received both his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in metallurgical and materials engineering from Colorado School of Mines.  He has numerous publications and several patents.

Guy will be based in Chicago, IL, where he lives with his family.  Guy will be working with all four facilities under the Ellwood City Forge Group, performing research and development and assisting our customers with finding solutions to their technical challenges.


Ellwood Group, Inc. exhibits at Offshore Technology Conference

Thank you for stopping by the Ellwood Group, Inc. booth last week at the Offshore Technology Conference in Houston, Texas!  We had great discussions about how Ellwood City Forge can provide a business solution to meet the critical needs of our oil & gas customers.  Our new and upgraded booth was well received, and the interactive touch screen allowed us to share exciting videos and capabilities.  For more information, please contact us at 800-843-0166/724-752-0055 or visit our website at

We look forward to seeing you next year on April 30-May 3, 2018!

Pictured above:  Steve Gardner (C&J Cladding), Jeremy Miller (EO&G), Bob McGinn (ENF), Warren Conley (ECF), Aaron Gilbert (EO&G)

Join us at the Offshore Technology Conference (OTC) May 1-4 in Houston, Texas – Booth #5009

Ellwood City Forge provides a variety of forgings for the surface and subsea oil & gas industry such as blowout preventers (BOP), top drive shafts, fluid end blocks, and wellhead forgings, in addition to bar and billet product.  We provide forgings in carbon, alloy, stainless and nickel-based alloys in weights to 110,000 pounds.  Stop by Booth #5009 to talk to one of our experienced forging experts about how Ellwood City Forge can provide the solution to your critical forging needs.  Our attention to quality and commitment to reliability makes ECF the preferred forging supplier to the Oil & Gas market.

Hope to see you there!

Thank you for stopping by the Ellwood Group, Inc. booth at Subsea Tieback Forum and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas!

Thank you for stopping by the Ellwood Group, Inc. booth at Subsea Tieback Forum and Exhibition in San Antonio, Texas!   We had great discussions about how ECF can provide a business solution to meet the critical needs of the subsea industry.  For more information, please contact us at 800-843-0166/724-752-0055 or visit our website at We look forward to seeing you in 2018!

Shown in the photo above — Aaron Gilbert (EOG), Brooke Whisenhunt (EOG), Kathy Saunders (ECF), Steve Gardner (C&J Cladding) and Warren Conley (ECF).