Articles: Industry News

AFS Corporate Member Waupaca Foundry won a national award from the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Plants program, which recognizes manufacturers for creating and implementing industrial energy and water efficiency projects, as well as renewable energy and energy resiliency projects. The award was given for an extensive upgrade to the iron casting supplier’s air compressor system at its foundry that increased energy efficiency and reduced annual energy and water usage.

Signicast, a Form Technologies company, celebrated the opening of its latest investment casting facility in October. Milwaukee Finishing Complex (MFC) rounds out the family of Signicast locations in the Milwaukee area, expanding secondary operations and other finishing services while acting as an extension of the Hartford and Brown Deer facilities.

AFS Corporate Member Norican Group, home to DISA, ItalPresseGauss, StrikoWestofen, and Wheelabrator, has acquired U.S.-based Simpson Technologies, an AFS Corporate Member that makes equipment for the mixing, dosing, handling, reclamation, and analysis of sand. The 110-year-old family business is based in Aurora, Illinois, and has subsidiaries in Germany and India. It has a significant footprint in both foundry and chemical process industries.

Rolls-Royce has completed a major investment in its Pascagoula, Mississippi, site that will provide increased capabilities and capacity to support U.S. Navy programs.

A new 26,000 sq.-ft. facility, with foundry and machining equipment provided by a U.S. Department of Defense DPA Title III grant, will increase the AFS Corporate Member company’s ability to manufacture propellers and propulsor components for naval platforms.

AFS Corporate Member ASK Chemicals celebrated the opening of its new production facility in El Carmen near Monterrey, Mexico. The new site will produce high-performance binders and coatings for the Mexican market.

The site will be brought gradually into operation starting with the production of high-performing binders. The coatings production will follow in the coming months.

Wisconsin-based Winsert, a global advanced manufacturer of critical metal parts for Fortune 500 OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers, has acquired Alloy Cast Products, Inc. (ACP), an investment casting and machining manufacturer of exotic cobalt alloys headquartered in Kenilworth, New Jersey. 

The Advanced Casting Research Center (ACRC) located at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) announced its first affiliated branch at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. This affiliation will provide members and industry with expanded research capabilities, facilities and resources, and geographic impact in metalcasting and digital manufacturing.

Missiles aren’t the only thing flying through the air in Ukraine. So says the CEO of Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry (WAF), Sachin Shivaram, whose employees in the company’s Consumer Products division worked around the clock this summer to build thousands of medical sterilizers to be emergency air-freighted to Ukraine by UNICEF. UNICEF placed an order for over 3,000 of the sterilizer units, which are like pressure cookers and offer an economical solution for large-volume sterilization.

Sinto America and Purdue University have finalized plans for integrating a Smart Foundry for Purdue’s “Smart Manufacturing” curriculum.  The Smart Foundry classroom, comprising a fully functioning, production-capable, green sand foundry, will be located on the ground level of the new “Gateway” building in the heart Purdue’s campus in West Lafayette, Indiana. It will be a standalone metals processing laboratory fully integrated with the “Sinto Smart Foundry” solutions. 

Retirees joined with current employees of AFS Corporate Member Wisconsin Aluminum Foundry (WAF) to break ground on a new 55,000 square-foot expansion project at the Manitowoc, Wisconsin, foundry during a retiree/employee recognition and appreciation event on September 1. The new $20 million addition will create 80 new jobs and accelerate WAF’s growth in key target markets such as electric vehicles, medical equipment, and consumer products. The facility will be operational in the summer of 2023.