AFE-St. Louis's May Meeting/Tour

St. Louis Chapter 26 would like to express a special Thank You to 

George R. Edinger - President

Charles Schuermann - VP Fabrication

George Corey - Project Manager

John Rippy - Sales Engineer 

along with all the rest of the great folks at C&R Mechanical Company, for hosting our meeting and giving us a most interesting tour.

Also we would like to extend appreciation to our Corporate Sponsor Mike Jaby of Fabick Power Systems, for attending the meeting. We exist because of the continued support of our Sponsors. Chapter 26 thanks ALL of them for their continued support! When you have needs, please show your appreciation by contacting them. (

Thank to all those members who showed their support by attending, we look forward to seeing your again next month. To all our guest, we hope this event shed some light on some of the many benefits of belonging to our organization. We will enjoy seeing you at the next meeting as members of the Association for Facilities Engineering!

Frank Kastl

President-AFE St. Louis (Chapter 26)

The Meeting:

The meeting took place out in the C&R Manufacturing facility, at tables our host set up. Frank Kastl (on right, in picture) opened the meeting with an introducing himself.  Telling the story of how he had set up his own facilities networking group called the "End Users". Of course this was before he knew about the Association for Facilities Engineering organization. After learning about AFE, he immediately recognized the value of belonging to AFE, as did his "End Users" group.

Our Region 9 Vice President (Reed Lillard) recognized Frank's leadership skills, and appointed him President of our chapter. We all agreed, Frank is the person to rejuvenate AFE's St. Louis Chapter. This is the beginning of a new era for AFE St. Louis, and where all excited.

Next at the meeting, we all socialized (networked) and got to know each other, while informing our guest about AFE. Some of the companies represented at this meeting where, Fabick Power System, TrizecHahn Office Properties Inc., Business Industrial Network , Nalco Diversified Technologies, Purina Mills, Pharmacia, Savvis Center, All Purpose Door Co., Lucent, Able Engineering, and CE Jarrell. (We apologize if we omitted your company,  we may have not seen your company on guest list.)

After the tour, our Webmaster (Don Fitchett) talked about some of the great benefits our web site is bringing to AFE members. He also told about the interactive features of the web site, that allow members to give feedback on future tours and events they might like to have. Frank handed out litterateur on the site, with some examples of the valuable information contained within.

The Tour:

Please support them with your patronage.C&R Manufacturing started off by giving us a brief overview and history of their company. Their sheet metal fabricated products for HVAC systems is shipped throughout the US as well as internationally to other countries. Because of the great attendance turnout, and to make the tour more informative, we split up into three groups.

C&R's product line includes all types of duct work, connectors and accessories. Some of their more interesting types was PVC coated duct for chemical process installations, Oval duct, and insulated duct work. They also have professional service and maintenance for HVAC systems. Some of their major projects consisted of the Shaw Park Plaza, Conseco Field House & Indiana Pacer Arena, MCI Worldcom Computer Rooms, Central Institute for the Deaf, Southeast Missouri Hospital, and Clayton on the Park.

We seen many processes that are used to make the various types of duct work. My favorite was the spiral duct machine. In about a second, it smoothly extruded out a 10 foot piece. We learned little known secrets, like if the weld on the end of spiral duct comes loose, the duct won't unravel. :>)

 Another favorite was the plasma cutter, converting cad drawings from the engineering department directly into actual connectors and accessories. The assembly machine that insulates the inside of square duct was also interesting.

Our gracious host put on a demonstration of how they organize and deliver all the duct that goes into multi-level buildings.

And answered the question we all have been asking...

How do they make that Oval Duct ?

All three tour groups met back at the table area where foot long sandwiches, chips, and drinks where provided. We ate, and socialized some more, while C&R drew calling cards out of a hat to give away free golf shirts.

Thanks Again C & R Mechanical Company, for the great time!


Please support them with your patronage.C&R Mechanical Co.

12825 Pennridge Drive

Bridgeton, MO. 63044

(314) 739-1800