Effort Foundry CEO Charlie Hamburg holds a B.S. in accounting from Temple University and is a Certified Public Accountant. Hamburg spent the first 20 years of his working life as a partner in a public accounting firm. With a family lineage that counts at least three generations of foundry workers, though, it was only a matter of time before he found his way into that field. Hamburg bought Effort Foundry along with two partners in 1990 and later bought them out to become the sole owner in 1996.

“The ability to give the customer what they want when they want it is the number one driver in our job,” he says. “We are extremely customer-focused. Historically, this industry has been a bit independent in that sense, but it doesn’t take much to realize that what we want isn’t important; it’s what they want that matters.”

President Bill Easterly received a B.S. degree in metallurgical engineering from Lafayette College, and later added an MBA from Lehigh University. Easterly started in the foundry business right out of college, running several job- and production shops, which cast everything from steel, iron, and stainless to brass and aluminum. He joined Effort Foundry as President in 2002.

Asked about his customer service philosophy, Easterly doesn’t equivocate: “Whatever the customer needs, whenever they need it, that’s what we do.”