Articles: Industry News

AFS Corporate Member Dotson Iron Castings (Mankato, Minnesota) has received the Made in Minnesota Manufacturing Award in Community Impact from Minnesota Business magazine.

The award recognized Dotson for its treatment of employees and commitment to the community during its recovery from a fire.

“When our values were put to the test, it was easy to just do what we knew was right and stand by our employees,” said Liz Ulman, vice president, while accepting the award.

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.

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.
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

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.