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Willman Announces $3 Million Expansion Ferrous metalcaster Willman Indus-


tries, Cedar Grove, Wis., has begun a $3 million construction project to create a new scrap storage area and expand its core room. A ductile and gray iron job shop,


Willman’s new three-bay scrap stor- age area will include a new furnace bay for two additional 9-ton furnaces and a scrap preheater. The company expects the expansion to result in a 50% melting capacity increase and a 25% increase in its large casting molding area, as it will move its scrap storage and furnace charging system into the new bay. The project is expected to be completed by the end of 2011. Jerry Hendrickson, Willman’s


vice president of sales, said the expansion and increase in capac- ity is in anticipation of increased customer demand. Willman serves the agriculture, automotive and


This rendering of the Willman Industries expansion shows three new bays and a core room addition.


truck, construction, diesel, energy, machine tool, marine, mining, oil and gas, paper and printing, power transmission and railroad industries.


The company produces nobake and green sand castings from ounces to 20 tons out of its 165-employee, 150,000-sq. ft. facility.


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Metalcaster Thresher Officially Releases New Composite


Nonferrous metalcaster Thresher Industries, Hanford, Calif., has re- leased a new metal matrix compos- ite material intended to exceed the performance of traditional aluminum in heat sink applications. The company said the composite,


ThermaLite HS, is manufactured us- ing aluminum scrap from traditional billet machined alloy, such as aircraft grade 6061, and added ceramic particulate, allowing elevated heat transfer capability. “We believe that application in


electronic heat sinks and our ability to cast this material to a near-net- shape will offer a very real benefit for potential customers,” said Tom Flessner, President and CEO of Thresher. “We have successfully pro- duced and processed this material in small batches. Further refinement will be done with our customer to meet their specific requirements prior to introduction.”


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