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Calco Receives Education Grant Te C.A. Lawton Co. (Calco), De


Pere, Wis., has been awarded a Work- force Advancement Training (WAT) grant for skills training. Te grant will be used for leadership development and team building, and includes welding and electro-mechanical coursework. Calco, a manufacturer of industrial


components, worked with the North- east Wisconsin Technical College to complete the application process and tailor a specific training program. Companies are chosen to partner with Northeast Wisconsin Technical Col- lege when applications are approved by the Wisconsin Technical College System grant committee. Te grant will supplement Calco’s


investment into a program that will involve casting, maintenance and administrative staff. WAT grants focus on improving the occupational skills of employees and


are available to the technical college districts, as directed by statute. Col- leges typically partner with companies to submit applications. Grants are available for small and large busi- nesses and are designed to upgrade the skills and productivity of employees of established businesses with the objective of supporting regional workforce and economic development efforts. In addition to specific job- related skills, such as welding, electri- cal maintenance and customer rela- tions, training can include a combina- tion of occupational, academic, and employability topics or courses. “During these times, when funds can


be scarce, it’s always great to have your community and its institutions (govern- ment, education, etc.) recognize that you are trying to do good things and thus are valuable to them both now and in the future,” Lawton said.


TITAL to Produce Aluminum


Titanium and aluminum


investment casting specialist TITAL GmbH, Bestwig, Germany, will start production in a new plant in Nantong, China, in 2013. The company has signed an agreement with the Chinese authorities for the setup and opera- tion of the plant, which will produce aluminum investment castings for the European and Chinese markets. TITAL will be the first interna-


tional aluminum investment cast- ing specialist for aircraft components to start producing castings in China. The Chinese company, TITAL Nantong Co. Ltd., has received its official business license, and the refurbishment of its production facility has started. A team of three TITAL engi- neers will begin work this summer to coordinate the production setup. Machinery and equipment are scheduled to be finished by end of 2012. “We plan to start full produc-


tion in the first quarter of 2013 and to deliver the first aluminum parts in the same year,” said Philipp Schack, TITAL managing director. The company expects to


benefit from good international economic conditions and will focus on a strategic improvement of its market position. TITAL also plans to expand production at its headquarters in Germany. TITAL supplies companies


around the world in the field of aerospace, defense, motor sport and industrial systems with aluminum and titanium invest- ment casting products. Founded in 1974, the company employs more than 500 people with 2011 revenue of approximately 66 million dollars.


14 | MODERN CASTING September 2012


Investment Castings in China


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