AmeriFab Announces Umbrella Donation Initiative That Gives to Those in Need, Living in Cities That Host Its Industry's Trade Shows

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 General News
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AmeriFab, long known for its umbrella trade show booth promotions, is now using the protective nature of the umbrella as a symbol for its new Umbrella Donation Initiative, a charitable giving program that invites fellow exhibitors and show attendees to join in the effort.

INDIANAPOLIS, May 8, 2018 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- AmeriFab, Inc., a designer and manufacturer of melting and refining

furnaces, water-cooled equipment and systems, off-gas duct systems and current-conducting electrode arms for the steel manufacturing industry, today announced that it will forgo its traditional branded trade show booth promotion, in lieu of a new philanthropic program. AmeriFab's Umbrella Donation Initiative will take monies that would have previously been budgeted for trade show promotions, as well as donations made by exhibitors and attendees, and will invest them in a worthy cause within each city hosting the Association for Iron & Steel's AISTech event.

"AmeriFab is a family-owned and family-oriented business, and we're simply looking for a way to help families that are less fortunate than those in our regular sphere of influence," Richard Manasek, chief executive officer of AmeriFab, Inc., said. "Our new Umbrella Donation Initiative is just an expansion of the charitable culture we have been nurturing within our company since its inception."

AmeriFab's management realized that it spends thousands of dollars each year on trade show-related expenses, including booth space and shipping, as well as travel, lodging and meals for attending staff. They also realized that although they clearly had a positive economic impact on the cities hosting their trade shows, there were many in those cities who never felt that impact. Though the umbrellas have been popular among attendees, the funds supporting the company's long-standing umbrella promotion were deemed better used as a targeted philanthropic gift to a deserving charitable organization in a host city.

AmeriFab's Umbrella Donation Initiative kicked off at AISTech 2018, in Philadelphia. AmeriFab has selected Women In Transition (WIT), a Philadelphia-based organization offering counseling, advocacy, peer support, substance abuse intervention, referrals, education, training and self-defense services for women and families threatened by domestic abuse.

AmeriFab presented a check for $2,000 to guest representatives of WIT at 1 PM on Monday, May 7, 2018, in booth 2225. A second donation will be made following the conclusion of the show and will include additional donations made by AISTech 2018 exhibitors and attendees. Designated AmeriFab staff will use upside-down umbrellas to collect donations, and anyone contributing to the cause will be invited to sign a commemorative umbrella that will be presented to WIT with the final post-show proceeds. Each donor will also be given a complimentary Umbrella Donation Initiative button.

"In the spirit of charity, industry camaraderie and a little old-fashioned competition, we'd like to challenge other exhibitors and attendees alike to participate in our inaugural Umbrella Donation Initiative," Andrew Akers, president of AmeriFab, said. "We've given away a lot of umbrellas at AISTech over the last decade, but something tells me that the autographed one we give the folks at Women In Transition with our donations after the show, will be the most memorable thing we've done in our 25 years of attending."

Those wishing to arrange larger donations, to make anonymous donations or to support AISTech's Umbrella Donation Initiative in other ways can contact Andy Akers at (317) 231-0100. Anyone interested in contributing directly to WIT may contact their offices at (215) 564-5301 and ask for their giving and development extension 125 or visit

For more information on AISTech, please visit

About AmeriFab Inc. AmeriFab, Inc., based in Indianapolis, Ind., USA, is a supplier of custom-designed, -engineered (including FEA) and manufactured melting and refining furnaces, ancillary equipment, water-cooled equipment and systems, off-gas duct systems and current-conducting electrode arms. AmeriFab patented and proprietary products that increase operational uptime and profitability in electric arc furnace (EAF) and basic oxygen furnace (BOF) applications include AmeriSpline (steel and copper), AmeriBronze, AmeriAntiSlag and AmeriCOP technologies. Learn more at

AmeriFab, AmeriSpline, AmeriBronze, AmeriAntiSlag and AmeriCOP are registered trademarks of AmeriFab, Inc.


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