Articles: Industry News

MacLean Power Systems, (MPS) a manufacturer of products for transmission, distribution, substation, and communications infrastructure, has completed the purchase of AFS Corporate Member Dotson Iron Castings, a ductile iron foundry located in Mankato, Minnesota.

The 5th annual Cast in Steel competition put on by the Steel Founders Society of America (SFSA) brought the wow factor this year, attracting 34 teams from 31 universities to give their best shot at creating an African spear point. This year’s grand prize winner, announced April 25 following performance testing the day before, was the Steel Broncos team from California Polytechnic University-Pomona including Alexander Ann, Elise Boyd, Anthony Landaverde, William Manzon, and Nikole Sauter.  

McWane Poles, part of AFS Corporate Member McWane Inc.’s family of companies, has opened its newest ductile iron utility poles facility in Provo, Utah. The $18.5 million investment complements McWane’s existing presence in the area and marks the second facility dedicated to poles.

Reshoring and foreign direct investment (FDI) job announcements in 2022 were at the highest rate ever recorded, according to the Reshoring Initiative’s 2022 Data Report. The report said fourth-quarter announcements accelerated even more than anticipated due to the Chips and Infrastructure legislation and deglobalization trends. 

On March 30, Victaulic, a manufacturer of mechanical pipe joining, fire protection and flow control solutions, acquired Horizon Metals Inc., located in Nephi, Utah. Victaulic stated the addition of the 1.4-million sq.-ft. foundry increases its capacity for large-diameter piping solutions and is aligned with the strategy to manufacture these products in the U.S.

Modern Casting and Casting Source received two writing awards from the American Society of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) at the Upper Midwest Region awards banquet in Chicago on April 13. Called the “AZBEES,” the awards recognize excellence in journalistic reporting for business-to-business and trade publications.

The LIFT manufacturing research institute and undergraduate teams at Michigan Technological University have developed a new metal atomization chamber to support production of powdered metals in support of hypersonics materials production. The research is expected to contribute to developing new materials and “road maps” for hypersonics applications.

The Federal Metal Co., a provider of copper-based cast alloys, is expanding its footprint into North Little Rock, Arkansas, where the company is building a new manufacturing facility to recycle post-consumer aluminum copper radiators. The company will invest approximately $17.8 million in its first Arkansas facility and create 40 new jobs within four years.

Pending certain approvals, A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co. will begin construction this year on a state-of-the-art brass foundry on a 100-acre parcel in the Southwest Wisconsin town of Dickeyville, which will be the largest project in the company’s 167-year history.

“In a time when most companies go where the best incentive packages take them, we made the commitment early on to build our next foundry where our current foundry co-workers live, and that is right here in the tri-state area,” said Rob McDonald, CEO of A.Y. McDonald Mfg. Co.   

Embrace Software Inc., a provider of business software solutions, has acquired Guardian Software Systems, Inc. (“Guardian”), a developer of ERP and MES software tailored for the metalcasting and foundry industry. This acquisition will expand Embrace’s product offerings and strengthen its position in the manufacturing software market.