URC News & Events

At 11:37am Saturday May 11th, our dear friend and co-worker Rick “Falcon” Falkowski passed away at age 66 after a short but difficult battle with both heart/lung complications. Rick’s wife Robyn was by his side throughout his struggle.

Rick has been involved in the metal casting industry for 45+ years, beginning with a foundry apprenticeship program in the 1970s, and then getting into refractory sales shortly thereafter. For the last 18 years, Rick was with United Refractories and developed several territories throughout the Midwest.

During his years in the business, he made countless friends along the way and seemed to know just about everyone. While attending a conference or training session, you never had to travel far to hear a “Falcon story”. His customers looked forward to seeing him and hearing his latest thoughts on both the foundry industry and the Green Bay Packers, both of which he was very passionate about.

Rick was involved with the American Foundry Society in many capacities over the years, working as committee member, chairman, speaker, etc. Rick did many speaking engagements and was particularly good at discussing his knowledge and experiences in ways that the audience could understand. He was excited to pass his knowledge onto others to keep the industry moving forward.

Falcon will remain a legend in the Midwest Foundry market. Up until his last day, he was respected by every customer, loved by his URC friends and engaged in doing the best job possible. We all will miss Rick very much.

A celebration of Rick’s life will be held at Roseberry’s Funeral Home in Friendship, WI on Friday, 5/17/2019 from 1pm-4pm. From there, the celebration will continue at the Friendship Café with lasagna and garlic bread which were Rick’s favorites. The funeral home is located at 512 Main Street, Friendship, WI 53934.

Please keep Robyn and the rest of Rick’s family in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. He will be deeply missed.

With a ceramic engineering degree from Missouri S&T and over 20 years of refractory experience at Vesuvius, Plibrico LLC and Holland Mfg., Justin has an extensive knowledge of the industry.

In particular, Justin has monolithic experience ranging from low moisture technologies to plastics to precast... all key product areas that are critical for URC to deliver 4USERVICE to its customers.

Relative to our customers, Justin’s experience lines up well with our customer base, as he has developed and pioneered products for the aluminum, iron, steel, incineration, cement and HPI Industries.

Aside from a vast product development resume and multiple patents, Justin also has extensive experience in raw material sourcing and QA disciplines... key areas that bridge the gap between good research ideas and robust products that cost effectively perform for end users.

URC’s main objective is to continue to improve our 4USERVICE and provide increasing levels of value to our customers. We believe Justin will be a great leader and teammate to make this happen!

To provide more focus, support and 4U Service for customers in the foundry segment, we have made the following alignment improvements in our sales team.

Brent Buchcuski Director URC FOUNDRY Market

Entering his sixth year at URC, Brent brings nine years of supervisory experience at all levels of the foundry, including the job as foundry and melt area manager.  Brent will continue to work with Rick and Pat in the Midwest, along with working with all other URC salesman on foundry market details. These details range from collaborating on key account strategies to joint calls to input on product development needs for the foundry application. Brent will be accountable for maintaining and growing our sales to direct foundry accounts and foundry distributors.

Ron Stewart Foundry Sales/Service Rep

URC is pleased to welcome Ron Stewart to the team!  Ron will be coming on board at the end of July in the role of Foundry Sales/Service Representative.  Ron will be a great compliment to our foundry group, which is an industry leading source for products, knowledge and support.

Ron has been at Cadillac Castings for 30+ years and has held various management positions including foundry, finishing, and melting.  For the last 17 years, Ron has held the position of Melt Superintendent.  In this role he was responsible for all aspects of the melting operation including the cupola, channels, repairs, and auto-pouring.  He has been an active member of AFS and has done several presentations at Cast Expo and Casting Congress.  Currently, he is the Chairman of the 8F Cupola Committee.

We are excited to add Ron’s experience and knowledge to our team, as his background and people skills will improve our ability to add real 4U Service Value to numerous accounts and distributors.  Ron will report to Brent and be based out of Kalamazoo, MI.

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