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lifetime’s experience and knowledge of the facility and its processes. “We’re constantly updating all of


our equipment in the foundry,” said Fox, who purchased the business in 1994. “It improves working condi- tions for employees and increases production.” Over the past year or so, Fox has


led the company through one of its greatest capital expenditures yet. Installing a mold handler behind the matchplate moldmaking machine changed the landscape of the met- alcasting facility. “Increased capacity and improvement to process consis- tency added value for the employees and their jobs,” he said. In addi- tion, the purchase of a new coldbox core machine helped improve lead time. On the melt deck, Galesburg Castings runs two four-ton medium frequency furnaces in a continuous melt operation. In January 2012, the company


purchased two buildings totaling 31,000 sq. ft. of space on three acres of land adjacent to the original facility. Tey house its coremaking operation and the machine shop. “Now we’re into CNC machin-


ing,” said Fox. “Our growth is going to be as a tier 1 supplier to our customers, including the machining they require.” Galesburg Castings has three CNC machines, the newest being a four-axis hori- zontal model to complement its two three-axis vertical machines. In-house engineering staff designs and builds quick-change features to keep costs down. Offering value-added services and support drives cost reduc- tions for both new and existing customers. Logistics is the key to streamlining the process of taking a part from design through casting, finishing and final shipment to the customer. Historically a jobbing facility, the bulk of Galesburg Cast- ings’ base is machine shops. “We’re using outside machine


sources to be capable of being the tier 1 supplier to our customers in the agricultural and construction markets,” said Fox. “As we continue to grow our machining business,


Galesburg Castings has increased production with a reconfigured workflow and new molding technology.


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