Dade County Foundry
in a Box Donation

A partnership between Dade County High School and the Tennessee Chapter of the American Foundry Society


We are honored to announce that as of February 12, 2021, Dade County High School is officially the proud owner of a Foundry in a Box demonstration kit donated to them by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Foundry Society (AFS).

Dade County High School is a public school about 20 miles outside of Chattanooga, TN, in Trenton, GA. The school has advanced programs and trade curriculums between mechatronics, AP sciences, and welding. There are plenty of courses that correspond to the foundry industry. With over 5 foundries and several industrial manufacturers within a 30 miles radius, students of Dade County have serveral options for future, gainful employment.

Dr Turner and Dr Bailer initiated the partnership with the industry to support their students. The objective was to help students correlate information from class with real world applications and find careers close to home that are lucrative and enjoyable. With so many potential employers in need of employees, this is a favorable time to show the opportunity to students.


Foundry in a Box is a way to bring metalcasting into a classroom setting for educational and recruitment purposes for the Foundry/Metalcasting industry. It is a kit where sand molds are made by participants and molten tin is poured into the mold, resulting in a sand casting. It is a hands on experience is a great introduction to the industry.

The metalcasting is an $44.3 billion industry that employs 160,000 Americans directly and another 300,000 indirectly across the supply chain.

With many people retiring, there are many opportunities from engineering to accountants to skilled trades.

Salaries average:
Post High School $17+/hr
Post College $76,000+/yr

We are thrilled about this opportunity to partner with Dade County High School and engage our future teammates!

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