Articles: Industry News

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.

ABB plans to invest approximately $170 million in its U.S. electrification and automation businesses, which includes a $20-million expansion of its North American robotics headquarters and manufacturing facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan, to be completed by the end of 2023.

AFS Corporate Member Waupaca Foundry has expanded production capabilities at Plant 1 located in Waupaca, Wisconsin, adding horizontal molding to existing vertical molding capabilities. Installation on the new line began in February. To mark its new capabilities, the foundry held a “first pour” event on April 18.

AFS Corporate Member Waupaca Foundry has expanded production capabilities at Plant 1 located in Waupaca, Wisconsin, adding horizontal molding to existing vertical molding capabilities. Installation on the new line began in February. To mark its new capabilities, the foundry held a “first pour” event on April 18.

General Motors recognized Ryobi Die Casting (USA), Inc. as a 2022 Supplier of the Year, which recognizes global suppliers that distinguish themselves by exceeding the automaker’s requirements and enabling it to providing customers with innovative technologies and high quality products. GM celebrated this fourth-time winner and all its honorees at its 31st annual Supplier of the Year event in San Antonio, Texas.