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INDUSTRY FACES Columbus CEO Helps U.S. Reshoring Effort


In November 2013, Columbus Castings, Co- lumbus, Ohio, reached a major business agreement with Nippon Sharyo USA Inc., Arlington Heights, Ill., for steel Amtrak railcar undercarriages. For Colum- bus CEO and President Rick Ruebusch, it was an unquestionable highlight of his two years at the helm of the steel casting facility. As reported by Co- lumbus Business First, the contract could be worth as much as $70 million. If Nippon Sharyo exercises all options in the contract, the green sand facility is scheduled to be at full capacity through 2021. With that kind of success, Ruebusch has good reason to be optimistic, about both his business and the American metalcasting industry in general. “Te renaissance of manufacturing in the U.S. is un-


as Buckeye Steel Castings Co., Columbus Castings will add approximately 50 full-time metalcasting jobs to its cur- rent 650-employee workforce as a result of the recent Nippon Sharyo deal. Earning an engineering de-


Ruebusch has a bright outlook for U.S. manufacturing and metalcasting.


gree from Te Ohio State Univ., Columbus, Ohio, Ruebusch worked as an engineer at GE Aviation, Cincinnati, and gained positions of increasing respon- sibility at Precision Castparts Corp., Portland, Ore., and SPX Corp., Charlotte, N.C. With his career spanning more than a decade in metalcasting, he is plenty familiar with the industry


and what advantages American firms can offer. “We are closer to customers, which lessens transportation


derway,” Ruebusch said. “We [at Columbus Castings] are well positioned to once again be the point of the spear for this and look forward to the rapid recovery of the nation’s manufacturing base.” According to industry statistics, approximately 100,000


manufacturing jobs have been reshored by about 500 OEMs and thousands of their suppliers since the manu- facturing employment low of January 2010. Owned by Protostar Partners LLC, New York, and formerly known


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Technologies, New Berlin, Wis., a division of Metcast Service, hired David De- Valkenaere as general manager. DeValken- aere will be responsible for manufacturing, engineering, customer service and the day-to-day operations of the facility. MeltLab Systems, Winchester, Va., announced Matt Leeds as its manager of sales, marketing and customer sales.


David DeValkenaere OBITUARIES David Wayne Jankowski died March


7, 2014. He was 60. Jankowski worked in the manufacturing industry for more


costs, and allows for more visibility and stronger relationships,” Ruebusch said. “Te skilled labor is here, and the workforce is hungry for it.” Considering a number of worldwide economic factors,


including steadily increasing labor costs in developing econo- mies, U.S.-based metalcasters can provide benefits not avail- able to overseas suppliers. Ruebusch, after signing the biggest contract in his com-


pany’s 110-year history, expects the future to be bright. “Tis award is the single-largest order to date in the long


history of Buckeye/Columbus Castings, continuing the for- ward momentum of our organization,” he said.


than 40 years, most recently as a consultant for ID Castings LLC, Noblesville, Ind. He also worked for Northern Castings, Lake Geneva, Wis., and Gartland Foundry, Terre Haute, Ind. John “Jack” Matthew Biel died


Feb. 15, 2014. He was 77. Biel, of Harvest, Ala., was a distinguished member of the North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) where he served on multiple committees and was a former president. Vincent J. Rivetti died Feb. 9, 2014. He


was 85. He worked at Bridesburg Foundry Co., Whitehall, Pa., for 60 years, lastly in the role of owner/operator. He was a mem- ber of the American Foundry Society, the Lehigh Valley Foundrymen’s Association and Non-Ferrous Founders’ Society. William Cory died Jan. 22, 2014.


He was 78. Cory owned and operated the Effort Foundry, Bath, Pa., and was a past chairman of Lehigh Valley Foundrymen’s Association. Lowell Chocola died Feb. 6, 2014. He was 78. Chocola joined the met- alcasting industry in 1976 as a core and mold coatings chemist and partner at Ceramco Inc., Chicago. He later was the technical director at Acme- Borden’s facility in Toledo, Ohio. In 1989, Chocola helped form coatings manufacturer REFCOTEC, Orrville, Ohio, before retiring in 2004.


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