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New Casting Facility Close to Completion According to the Columbia Coun-

ty News-Times, a new 50,000-sq.- ft. white iron casting facility in Grovetown, Ga., will open this month and become fully operational this summer. Te facility will serve GIW Indus- tries, a pump supplier that is a full

subsidiary of global mining company KSB Group, Frankenthal, Germany. The current expansion, which also

includes added heat treatment capa- bilities, will ensure that KSB’s GIW Minerals products will be ready for growing market demands. It is part of a $75-million five-year invest-

ment plan that also includes a new distribution center and upgrades to a production facility in Thomson, Ga. The expansion meets the require- ments needed to handle larger com- ponents, allowing the company to increase efficiencies while continu- ing to uphold its world-class quality and safety standards. “In the entire world, only 10%

of iron foundries make white irons, and nobody can make the materi- als we do,” said Richard Sterzen, industrial engineering manager at GIW Industries. “In addition, there are only a few foundries that can manufacture the large casting sizes our customers need.” GIW Industries started as a small

The expansion will add 50,000 sq. ft. of space to the existing metalcasting operations (shown) at GIW Industry’s Grovetown, Ga., location.

metalcasting and machine shop and has been in business for well over a century. Its facilities have been located in Grovetown and Thomson for 49 and 40 years. The current expansion will provide new per- manent employee positions, along with a large number of temporary construction jobs over the next three to four years.

Grede Supplies Lightweight Castings for 2015 Truck of the Year Ford Motor Company’s F-150,

which contains several ferrous cast- ings supplied by Grede Holdings LLC, Southfield, Mich., was named the 2015 North American Truck/ Utility of the Year this January. “From concept to finished assem-

bly, we collaborated with Ford and its tier one suppliers to develop the differential carrier and case,” said Tony Lovell, vice president, global sales and marketing. “It’s a prime example of Grede’s commitment to working with key customers on meeting their lightweighting objectives.” Ford received the annual award at the 2015 North American Inter- national Auto Show (NAIAS) in Detroit on January 12. Te North American Truck/Utility of the Year winner is selected by a panel of more than 50 automotive journalists from the United States and Canada. Te

The Ford F150 was named 2015 Truck of the Year.

winner is selected based on a variety of factors including innovation, de- sign, safety, handling, driver satisfac- tion, comfort and value. Grede Holdings LLC special-

izes in high quality ductile, gray and specialty iron castings, including

lost foam and high silicon molyb- denum applications. Te company has 4,600 employees and operates 14 metalcasting facilities and three machining operations in North America serving the transportation and industrial markets globally.

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