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Organized in 1939 when ten foundry firms, striving to improve their melting operations, joined forces to employ the Battelle Memorial Institute in Columbus, Ohio, the Gray Iron Research Institute was formed. GIRI split from Battelle in 1948. In 1982 GIRI was renamed Iron Casting Research Institute (ICRI) to reflect the variety of irons produced at member plants. ICRI presently has eightteen members with 31 foundries  located in eleven states, one member in Canada and one member in Mexico.


ICRI offers three classes of membership to new members to suit your needs. The classes are:

Option A 30 Hrs             Option B 55 Hrs              Option C 105 Hrs  

Dues are billed quarterly for each member. Service hours used over purchased amounts, are billed at an adjusted rate.

Our Mission

To provide means by which each member can become more technically proficient in producing low cost, high quality iron castings.

  • To select members who can benefit from the results but also have the qualifications to contribute  to this mutual effort.
  • To operate with the optimum number of members to permit  employment of a highly qualified staff, yet limit the number of members so that the unique rapport between staff and members can function.
  • To maintain a technical staff which, by interaction with member technical and operating personnel, can:
    • Transfer known foundry technology into member operations
    • Develop new technical knowledge or processes for use by the members.
    • Assist members in solving specific foundry problems in a consulting capacity.
    • Develop programs which will serve to educate technical and operating personnel employed by the  members.
    • Function as an extension of each member’s staff when dealing with customer problems.


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THORS Cupola Furnace Fundamentals  Course link

Position Statement: ICRI joins AFS and casting industry groups in effort to rescind OSHA Silica Rule.  Link to joint correspondence to the Dept. of Labor.




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“Iron seemeth a simple metal but in it’s nature are many mysteries and men who bend to them their minds shall, in arriving days, gather therefrom great profit, not to themselves alone but to all mankind.”

                                                                                         Joseph Glanvill, 1636-1680


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