Articles: Industry News

Godfrey & Wing, which manufactures and supplies equipment, sealants, and services to seal porous materials, has expanded vacuum impregnation production capacity at its North American service centers. The focus of this growth is to help manufacturers ensure part performance and build their business profitability in 2023 and the future.

AFS Corporate Member Le Sueur Inc. (LSI), a supplier of complex and pressure-tight aluminum castings and plastic injection molding components based in Le Sueur, Minnesota, has been acquired by Delos Capital and The Silverfern Group.

The international quartet of metal fairs GIFA, METEC, THERMPROCESS and NEWCAST will take place June 12-16, but exhibitors can register online now for booth space, the events company Messe Düsseldorf announced.

AFS Corporate Member General Motors Co. plans to invest $918 million in four U.S. manufacturing sites for V-8 engine production and electric vehicle (EV) components, the company said on January 20, which includes $55 million for casting operations. The announcement brings GM’s U.S.

Dakota Foundry, an Anderson Industries Company located in Webster, South Dakota, has acquired the MAGMASOFT Autonomous Engineering tools to further advance its innovation and support production of complex, high-quality iron castings. 

AFS Corporate Member General Kinematics broke ground in August on a 42,000-sq.ft. plant expansion at its Crystal Lake, Illinois, corporate headquarters. The manufacturing addition will be part of its existing 220,000-sq.-ft. space to facilitate increasing demand and more extensive equipment offerings for the mining, foundry, and recycling industries. 

AFS Corporate Member The Lawton Standard Co. has recently added American Iron & Alloys, LLC (AIA), located in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to the Lawton Standard family as part of its expansion strategy. AIA processes and distributes continuous cast iron, bronze bar, tubing, and other metal components. It also provides metal finishing and other services to the North American market. AIA primarily focuses on ductile and gray iron in round, square, and rectangular bars under the well-known Versa-Bar brand. The bars can be processed into cut-length, tubed, milled, or slit to plate configurations.

Amsted Global Solutions (AGS), part of AFS Corporate Member Amsted Rail, announced an agreement October 27 by which it has become the exclusive distributor for all manganese steel wear products made by the Frog, Switch & Manufacturing Company (Frog Switch). Chicago-based AGS is a supplier of large, highly complex castings, springs, and components for industrial applications. 

P&THE Manufacturing LLC, which purchased Ross Aluminum in April, is investing $5.4 million into the plant, reported WHIO TV 7. Ross is an aluminum foundry based in Sidney, Ohio.

“The expansion and revitalization of the Ross plant brings 175 jobs and the newest aluminum casting technology to keep this staple of the region growing and competitive in the global marketplace with talent from Ohio,” said JobsOhio CEO and President J.P. Nauseef.

General Motors plans to invest $45 million at its Bedford, Indiana, aluminum diecasting foundry to expand the facility’s production capacity of EV drive unit castings that will be used in the Chevrolet Silverado EV and GMC Sierra EV full-size pickups. GM reported in November that work at the facility would begin immediately.