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Patriot Foundry Modernizing Processes, Adding Melting Capacity Patriot Foundry & Castings LLC,


West Franklin, N.H., has added a new sand system and is in the process of installing a new induction furnace and upgrading its dust collection equipment. According to Chris Leuteritz,


Patriot’s owner and manager, the additions are the latest in an improvement process the company began in late 2009. “We were defi nitely down from 2008,” Leuteritz said. “We were in


some industries that were completely dead, so we were scrambling for anything we could fi nd. As we started making these improvements, the customer base really responded.” Prior to the equipment additions,


which Patriot began last September, the company joined the U.S. Department of Energy’s Better Buildings, Better Plants program and began working toward ISO certifi cation. T e goal of the DOE program is to decrease energy utilization by 25% in 10 years. Leuteritz expects to reach that goal when the new furnace is installed in March. According to Leuteritz, the new


overhead sand system has improved productivity, working conditions and casting quality. T e induction furnace will replace two propane-fi red units and increase overall melting capacity by 25%. Patriot recently achieved its goal of gaining ISO certifi cation. “We had a number of customers that said if we didn’t become ISO- certifi ed, they would have to go elsewhere,” Leuteritz said. 


ThyssenKrupp Says Waupaca Casting Sale Is on Track


T yssenKrupp AG, Essen, Germany,


reported bids from potential buyers of its Waupaca, Wis., based metalcasting division are being evaluated. The company said in a February statement the casting division is being sold to free up capital for investment in growth and its technologies businesses and it is disposing of businesses for which it has stronger alternative options. “In the long term, we see


T yssenKrupp as a diversifi ed industrial group with several strong businesses in growth markets,” said Heinrich Hiesinger, chairman of the executive board of T yssenKrupp. “T is also means we want to further reduce our dependence on individual businesses and regions.” 


12 | METAL CASTING DESIGN & PURCHASING | Mar/Apr 2012


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