Articles: Industry News

Waupaca, Wisconsin-area employees of AFS Corporate Member Waupaca Foundry, a Hitachi Metals company, will be able to participate in a program designed to make healthcare easier to access.

Waupaca Foundry will partner with ThedaCare to staff a dedicated medical clinic for foundry team members and their families located in the Specialty Care Clinic in ThedaCare Medical Center-Waupaca.

Care at the clinic will be free to foundry employees and retirees, and their dependents.

After pouring molten metal during the American Foundry Society’s Manufacturing Day open house, a student had a predictable reaction.
“This is really cool,” he said.
Students from close by AFS headquarters and from the South Side of Chicago agreed.

AFS Corporate Member Caterpillar Inc. announced it will locate a casting facility in Greenwood County, South Carolina. According to a news release, the company is investing $13.5 million and will create 85 new jobs.

Caterpillar has purchased an existing 103,000-square-foot building in Hodges, South Carolina, and the facility is expected to come online in early 2019. The plant will produce specialty castings used in a variety of engines and transmissions within the Caterpillar product line and will supplement the production of existing castings elsewhere in the company.

A group of investors bought Sivyer Steel (Bettendorf, Iowa) out of bankruptcy.

According to local reports, the group bought Sivyer for $6.5 million in July. Sivyer will continue to operate under a new name, Sivyer Steel Castings LLC, and the 325,000 sq. ft. facility will be renovated and updated.

Ellwood Group announced it’s building an aluminum casting facility at its engineered castings location in Hubbard, Ohio. The investment is worth a reported $60 million.

According to reports, the facility will be a 70,000 sq. ft. expansion and will employ 34.

AFS Corporate Member Cadillac Casting (Cadillac, Michigan) is believed to have become the first company in America known to provide cryotherapy as a free employee benefit, helping its staff recover from the physical demands of working in an iron foundry.

The company provides unlimited access to its 400 employees and their spouses to sessions in an Impact Cryotherapy Cryosauna that is operated by Pine Grove Athletic Club (Cadillac, Michigan).

The American Foundry Society knows the importance of being at the cutting edge of technology. That, again, was proven true during the 2018 Additive Manufacturing for Metalcasting Conference.
From Sept. 10-13 in Louisville, Kentucky, over 120 attendees heard about the latest developments in this new and crucial process.
As people toured the University of Louisville Rapid Prototyping Center, the murmurs and whispers were the same.
“They’ve got a pretty good layout here.”
“This is pretty nice.”
Monday’s tour was the unofficial beginning of the 2018 Additive Manufacturing For Metalcasting Conference, and the trip to the center began the week on an informative and cutting-edge note.

AFS Corporate Member Amsted Rail (Chicago) a provider of fully integrated freight car systems for the heavy haul rail market, has added a new, complete AFC-Holcroft UBH line to meet a growing need for additional heat treatment capacity.

This purchase includes a batch style carburizing furnace, two expansion modules to increase endothermic generator gas output, a rotary hearth reheat furnace for press quenching, and a continuous integrated parts washer and temper furnace

Terves broke ground on a 12,000 sq. ft. expansion to its magnesium foundry.

The H3-classified magnesium metal processing facility expansion enables Terves to further expand its metal processing, heat treatment, machining, and storage capabilities. The expansion plans include additional permanent mold and materials handling and storage space, and the addition of sand casting, squeeze casting, and diecasting capabilities for custom magnesium and magnesium alloys and composites, in addition to further expansion of build-to-print component CNC machining services.