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Excel Foundry to Invest $7.4 Million Excel Foundry & Machine, Pekin,


Ill., recently announced plans to spend $7.4 million to increase its manufacturing space, expand its main offi ce area and construct a new warehouse. According to a press release issued


by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s offi ce, the project will result in a 108,750-sq.- ft. warehouse adjacent to Excel’s existing plant, an 8,600-sq.-ft.addition to the offi ce building and a 3,373-sq.- ft. foundry expansion. T e additions are expected to bring 100 new jobs to Excel, a 230-employee centrifugal casting facility primarily supplying bronze parts to the mining industry. T e governor’s offi ce said the state


will invest more than $1 million in Excel via tax credits and an employer training incentive program. T e state’s investment is contingent on the company meeting investment and job numbers. T e county in which Excel is located


Aerocast Wins Hamilton Sundstrand Contracts


Aerocast Inc., Mesa, Ariz., announced it has been awarded two aluminum casting programs for parts to be used on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner accessory gearbox. T e gearbox, provided by Hamilton


Sundstrand, is part of the Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engine assembly. Aerocast will produce the components at its sand casting facility, where it maintains aluminum and magnesium capabilities. T e Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the world’s


fi rst jet airliner mostly constructed using composite materials. It is expected to save approximately 20% on fuel costs. Fifty-seven customers have ordered 866 Dreamliners since the program was launched in 2004. Boeing estimates it will build about 3,310 of the aircraft through 2028. Hamilton Sundstrand manufactures


aerospace systems for commercial, regional, corporate and military aircraft and is a major supplier for international space programs. Additional Aerocast customers include Honeywell Aerospace, Sikorsky Aircraft and Shimadzu Precision Instruments. 


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will receive a $750,000 development grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and more than $859,000 through the Illinois Department of Transportation for road improvements.


“Illinois’ strong manufacturing


tradition is due in large part to the strength of our workforce, our ability to help companies move product quickly and our investments in infrastructure,” Quinn said. 


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