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INDUSTRY NEWS Minnesota Grede Startup Aims to Commercialize Metal Matrix


Facility Honored Te Grede Holdings LLC facility


in St. Cloud, Minnesota, has earned Finance and Commerce’s Progress Minnesota 2016 Award as one of the companies, organizations and indi- viduals driving business growth and economic development in Minnesota. Grede-St. Cloud was one of 24


companies or organizations and four individuals selected to receive the award. “We are thrilled to be among the elite selected for the Progress Minne- sota Award,” said Todd Heavin, CEO, Grede. “Grede has always believed in supporting where we live and work, and this award validates the efforts and attitude of all our employees.” In 2015, Grede invested more than


$20 million in the St. Cloud facility, add- ing capacity for future growth.


Composite Castings Lab mates Simon Beno and


Chris Jordan have joined with Pradeep Rohatgi, professor, Univer- sity of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a startup called Intelligent Compos- ites. Eck Industries, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, supplies the company. Intelligent Composites is look- ing to put into production car parts made with metal matrix compos- ites, a combination of standard al- loys with different types of material. The product line is made us- ing a self-lubricating composite, one Rohatgi believes will cut friction in internal combustion engines significantly, saving gas while reducing emissions. “Te federal mandates to reduce carbon emissions and increase fuel


efficiency could be the incentives that finally help these composites into the marketplace,” said Jordan, who was in Rohatgi’s lab at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


David Weiss (left), vice president of engineering at Eck Industries, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and Simon Beno oversee production of a metal composite.


Grede Honored by EPA as a 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year


Grede, Southfield, Michigan, an MPG Inc. company, has been recognized with a 2016 Energy Star Partner of the Year–Energy Management Award by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Energy Star Partner of the Year recognizes world class corporate energy management programs. The annual award is presented by the EPA and the Department of Energy (DOE) to organizations that demonstrate improved energy performance of buildings and plants through a corporate-wide energy program. “We are incredibly proud to have


won this award,” said Todd Heavin, chief operating officer, Grede. “Grede has a long-standing commit- ment to environmental stewardship and sustainability and this award validates the hard work of all 4,600 Grede associates throughout North America. We believe that a strategic, corporate-wide energy management program helps us enhance our finan- cial health and aids in preserving the environment for future generations.” In 2015, Grede completed 235


continuous improvement and En- ergy Star projects, saving enough energy to power 1,000 homes for one year. Overall, Grede’s energy intensity has reduced 5% over the last 3 years. Since its inception in 1992,


Energy Star and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of green- house gas emissions. In 2014, En- ergy Star and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages


from climate change. “Grede demonstrates how businesses and organizations can successfully incorporate Energy Star into their corporate strategies to improve building and plant energy performance,” said Gina McCarthy, administra- tor, EPA. “Grede’s role in energy management is helping reduce our nation’s greenhouse gas emissions that drive climate change and pre- serve a healthy planet for future generations.”


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Photo Courtesy of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.


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