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INDUSTRY NEWS KSM Expands in North Carolina


KSM Castings announced it is expanding its facility in Shelby, North Carolina. KSM Castings, a German


company, later this year will erect a 50,000-sq.-ft. facility complete with counter pres- sure casting machines. T e investment will be $27 million initially, and eventually total $80 million. It will also bring 80 new employees. In 2018, the production of chassis parts for a major Ger-


man OEM are expected to begin. “With the expansion of


this site, we will continue with our strategy to be on site, off er diff erent production processes for our customers and supply the local markets,” said Franz Friedrich Butz, CEO, KSM Castings Group.


By 2018, KSM Shelby KSM Castings USA will be expanding this year.


will have invested $135 mil- lion and employ 269.


Diecast Facility CEO Announces Run for Congress Diana Kastenbaum, the CEO of


Pinnacle Manufacturing Company Inc., Batavia, New York, has an- nounced she is running for Congress as a Democrat in New York’s 27th district. “As a small business owner from


Batavia, I am well aware of the realities that face middle-class families. Using my years of experience as a business- woman, I will bring new ideas and solutions to the problems we face in Western New York,” Kastenbaum said in a news release. “We need a member of Congress who will fi ght for Western New York on the issues that matter most: good paying jobs, ending income


inequality, making college more aff ordable, and providing access to aff ordable healthcare. Where Congress has failed us, I will lead.” Pinnacle is a zinc and aluminum die


casting manufacturing company. Her family has owned and operated the company since 1972. Chris Collins, a Republican, is the district’s incumbent.


Other Valves Up to 6 Million Cycles


Unlike other valves that seal with friction, Posi-flate’s unique butterfly valve uses an inflatable seat to seal with air pressure. Thus it requires less torque and a smaller actuator, resulting in lower cost. Plus, the seat automatically compensates for wear, providing longer life. Some users have reported over 6 million cycles and the valves are still going strong.


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Diana Kastenbaum is running for Congress in New York’s 27th district.


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