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INDUSTRY NEWS


INDUSTRY NEWS NEWSCAST Kittyhawk Products, Garden Grove, Calif., has


commissioned the construction of a new hot isostatic pressing (HIP) vessel. American Isostatic Presses will manufacture the unit with expected delivery and final testing in 2015. The new unit will have a 46 x 100-in. work zone with pressure capabilities up to 15ksi and an operating temperature up to 2,192F (1,200C). Kitty- hawk Products also will update the control systems for its HIP units.


Empire Die Casting Co. Inc., Macedonia, Ohio, filed a


voluntary petition for bankruptcy with the Ohio Northern Bankruptcy Court. Te company is more than 97% owned by chairman and CEO Richard Rogel. Te aluminum and zinc casting provider reportedly is seeking court approval to be acquired by Cleveland-based New Growth Capital Group LLC, which would continue its operations.


AMCOL Metalcasting, Hoffman Estates, Ill., announced a newly redesigned website as part of its recent brand launch. The site contains in-depth informa- tion about the company’s ferrous green sand solutions including custom-blended mineral binders. Castings produced from these materials serve large and small met- alcasters in the automotive, railroad, farm implement and machine tool markets, among others. AMCOL also offers specialized service and support capabilities. See www.amcolmetalcasting.com.


Alcoa Inc., Pittsburgh, is investing approximately $575 million to expand its automotive aluminum pro- duction in the U.S. Aluminum use in cars is expected to nearly double by 2025 as manufacturers make more lightweight, fuel efficient automobiles.


Fairmount Minerals has completed its transaction to


purchase FTS International’s sand mining operations, resin coating plants and distribution terminals. The Ches- terland, Ohio-based company is expanding its capacities and product offerings through the Santrol business. The acquisition also increases Santrol’s distribution network to more than 50 locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Santrol serves the oil and gas industry as part of the par- ent company’s global network.


Grede, Southfield, Mich., has shut down its Omaha,


Neb., facility, formerly part of the Paxton-Mitchell Co. The shutdown affected 54 employees and the assets were sold at auction in late October. Paxton-Mitchell continues to operate its specialty products division in Blair, Neb.


CORRECTION


In the October issue, p. 23, Inductotherm was refer- enced without its full company name, Inductotherm Corp. Its autopour technology, cited as a laser-based system, is an adaptive vision-based system operating in real time.


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