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Lodge To Expand Lodge Manufacturing Co., South


Pittsburg, Tenn., has begun a major plant expansion to meet current and projected demand for its signature line of seasoned cast iron cookware. T e company has seen strong sales growth for 5 years in spite of the recent recession. T e expansion will include the


replacement of the company’s melt center, the addition of a sand system and a new vertically-parted molding machine. T e melt center is expected to be in operation by the end of 2013, and the entire project is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2014. Lodge expects this project to increase its workforce by 20-25 people by the time it is completed. 


Blackhawk Increasing Capacity in Mexico Blackhawk de Mexico, Monter-


Blackhawk is adding nobake molding and melting capacity.


rey, will increase its capacity 50% with upgrades expected to be complete by late 2013. T e facility will install a nobake molding line and more melting capacity, increasing its product size range from 5 to 200 lbs. up to 5 to 600 lbs. All the engineering is being devel-


oped by GEMCO, the melting equip- ment will be supplied by Inductotherm and the molding line and sand system will be from IMF. Blackhawk is focused on gray and ductile iron castings mainly for the heavy truck and farm equipment industries. Currently, the facility has a capacity of 25,000 metric tons per year operating three green sand matchplate molding lines with core- less induction melting. 


Charter Purchases Dura-Bar, Wells Charter Manufacturing Co.,


Mequon, Wis., has acquired Dura- Bar and Dura-Bar Metal Services as part of its stock purchase of Wells Manufacturing Co., Woodstock, Ill. This adds a fourth division focusing on specialty iron bar to Charter’s family of companies, which also in- cludes Charter Steel, Charter Wire and Charter Automotive. “Dura-Bar and Wells Manufactur-


Lodge is a family-owned company that has been manufacturing cast iron cookware since 1896.


ing Co. make an excellent match for Charter Manufacturing,” said John A. Mellowes, chairman and CEO of Charter Manufacturing. “Both are family-owned companies that are respected leaders in their particular industries. For Charter, the acquisi- tion of Dura-Bar and Dura-Bar Metal Services allows our organization to diversify and extend our reach into new markets. T e acquisition comple-


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ments our continuing focus on the automotive sector, and while that will always be important to Charter, this acquisition extends our reach into the capital goods market.” Wells has approximately 360


employees and Charter employs ap- proximately 1,500 people. Mellowes said there will be no


staffing changes for the fore-seeable future. 


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