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T&L Foundry Receives Safety & Health Recognition Oklahoma Labor Commissioner


Mark Costello recognized T&L Foundry Inc. with a SHARP Com- mendation presented to owner Bill Covington during a lunch presenta- tion on Nov. 2 at T&L’s facility in Glenpool, Okla. Te Safety and Health Achieve- ment Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes employers who operate exemplary safety and health programs that result in the immediate and long- term prevention of job-related injuries and illnesses at their worksites. “SHARP has given our em-


ployees something to be proud of,” Covington said. “It has also helped to significantly reduce our workers compensation costs, putting more to the bottom line. Our managers and supervisors have put the utmost emphasis on safety throughout the facility and are major contributors and enforcers of our safety commit- tee’s efforts.” Tis is T&L Foundry’s second consecutive


two-year SHARP certification. T&L is an ISO 9001:2008 certified aluminum metalcasting facility. Te company manufactures nonferrous castings ranging from a few ounces to 1,000 lbs. Recently, T&L expanded its facility by 13,000 sq.ft. and purchased additional equipment to meet the ongoing needs of its customers.


“It’s rather exciting to see a


company like T&L commit so much time and effort into its safety and health program,” Costello said. “SHARP is a rigorous program and takes commitment from both the employees and management. T&L has proven that safety comes first,” Costello said.


T&L Foundry Inc. received a SHARP Commendation from the Oklahoma Labor Commission.


Grede Earns Fastest Growing Companies Nod Grede Holdings LLC, Southfield,


Mich., had the sixth highest growth rate in southeast Michigan over the last three years, according to the Crain’s Detroit Business list of the “25 Fastest Growing Companies.” The list measures revenue growth from 2009 to 2011, during which Grede posted a 116% gain, growing from $462 million to $996 million. Crain’s attributed Grede’s


increase to a combination of strategic acquisitions, new business wins, entering new business segments, improved market conditions and expand- ing overseas. “We are very pleased with


our strategic growth,” said Doug Grimm, chairman, president and CEO of Grede Holdings LLC. “Grede has made seven acquisitions in the last three years, including two foundries in


Mexico. We have also expanded overseas through a technical alliance with Switzer- land-based Georg Fischer.” Trough a combination of Grede’s


manufacturing facilities in North America and Georg Fischer’s presence


in Europe, Grede is now an interna- tional supplier of cast iron parts. “Our overall philosophy here


at Grede has been to harness the “best-of-the-best” in terms of people, assets and technologies in order to provide an unparalleled array of products and capabilities to our customers in the iron castings market,” Grimm said. “Grede’s revenue growth is a clear result of not only our philosophy but also our strong management teams and employees. Their contin- ued support and dedication has turned Grede into one of the leading and most finan- cially sound foundry busi- nesses in the world.” Grede Holdings LLC was


Grede employs 5,100 people and operates 17 metalcasting facilities and four machining operations in North America serving global transportation and industrial markets.


formed in 2010 through the combination of assets of the former Grede Foundries, Inc., Blackhawk Foundry (USA), and Citation Corp.


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