August 31, 2017
John F. Sweet, PMT, president & CEO, FMS Corporation, Minneapolis, Minn., has been elected as the 29th president of the Metal Powder Industries Federation (MPIF), succeeding Patrick J. McGeehan, Ametek Inc., Eighty Four, Pa. His two-year term will take effect at the conclusion of the Federation's annual Powder Metallurgy (PM) Management Summit and 73rd Annual MPIF Business Meeting, October 21–24, 2017, in Naples, Fla.
One of the Federation's six associations will also instate a new president following the Summit. Dax Whitehouse, NetShape Technologies, Floyds Knobs, Ind., has been elected president of the Powder Metallurgy Parts Association (PMPA). Meanwhile, Dean Howard, PMT, North American Höganäs, Hollsopple, Pa., was re-elected to serve a second term as president of the Metal Powder Producers Association (MPPA), while Thomas Houck, Carpenter Technology, Tanner, Ala., will serve a second term as president of the Metal Injection Molding Association (MIMA).
Sweet has worked for FMS Corporation for 27 years, sustaining a family tradition as a third-generation entrepreneur. He most recently served as president of the Powder Metallurgy Parts Association and has served the association and MPIF actively for many years. Sweet received MPIF's Distinguished Service to Powder Metallurgy Award earlier this year during POWDERMET2017—Las Vegas. He has been a member of APMI International for 29 years, is a certified Level I Powder Metallurgy Technologist, and serves on the APMI Board of Directors. Sweet has also been an elected trustee of the Center for Powder Metallurgy Technology. He was a co-op student in the R&D Laboratory of Hoeganaes Corporation for 3 years and earned his BS in materials engineering from Drexel University. Sweet is also a member of Alpha Sigma Mu Professional Honor Society for Excellence in Materials Engineering. In his local community, he has been serving on the Elder Board of the Redeemer Bible Church for the last ten years.