URC News & Events

We are pleased to welcome Robert Piestrzynski into our URC Family!

Rob earned his BS in Product Design Engineering from Ferris State University in 2001.  Shortly after graduation, Rob broke into the Portland Cement Industry as a Tech Services Engineer with St. Mary’s Cement.  With assignments in Detroit and Chicago, Rob worked closely with QC and production on product lines, raw material selection and production processes.

In 2014, Rob made the transition to sales as an account manager for Magotteaux’s Cement division.  At Magotteaux, Rob leveraged his cement process experience to value sell proprietary alloy castings within the cement production process.  Rob successfully called on and managed cement plants in over 10 states in the west and south.     

Living in Nashville with his wife and three children, Rob will have direct sales responsibility for approximately 20 accounts in the U.S.  In addition, he will act as our Cement Champion to develop our value added cement strategy and work with other cement salesmen to understand the needs of the cement customer and deliver top quality 4U Service.

Join us in welcoming Rob to the URC Family!

We are pleased to welcome Brian back into the URC Family!  With a ceramic engineering degree from Penn State and 36 years experience in the industry, Brian rejoins United after working at both our Sharonville, Ohio and Brookville, Indiana plants from 2002 to 2016 in a number of management capacities. Starting today, Brian will be our Director of International Licenses.

As International Licenses Director, Brian will use his vast refractory knowledge base to communicate, teach and collaborate with both current and prospective URC Licensees around the world.

Please join us in welcoming Brian back to URC!

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.