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After Incentive, EJ Set to Begin Construction EJ (East Jordan, Michigan) was

approved for a property-tax incen- tive to build its new facility near Elmira, Michigan. According to a report from the

Petoskey News, Warner (Michigan) Township approved the incentive unanimously. Te abatement, the report said, would lower property taxes on a $39 million part of EJ’s planned $125 million investment, with the as- sistance coming over a 12-year period. Te company’s 350 employees are expected to be retained. “Warner Township’s approval of the application for tax abatement is key to our ability to move forward on building the new foundry near Elmira. Our current plan is to break ground in the spring,” Tracy Malpass, president, EJ, told the Petoskey News. “We are looking forward to the opportunity to continue our legacy of manufactur- ing in Northern Michigan and being a good corporate citizen, which now includes Warner Township.” Earlier reports said the company

will upgrade its facilities and “phase out” its current location. The new plant will be “state of the art” and all jobs will be relocated. EJ has said it plans to keep its corporate headquarters, pattern shop, product development group, water products and Northern Michigan sales offices at their current locations. According to the report, the abate- ment is expected to be worth more than $6 million, though it must still be approved by the state.

“Tis is really a pretty excellent

project for our area because it keeps a longtime, really high-quality employer

in our area,” said Andy Hayes, presi- dent, Northern Lakes Economic Alli- ance, according to the report.

EJ was approved for a property-tax incentive to build its new facility near Elmira, Michigan.

Group Starting New Art Facility in Louisville Tree artists are starting a new art

metalcasting facility in Louisville, Kentucky. According to a report in Louisville Business First, artists Matt Weir, Tamina Karem and Scott Boyer have leased a space for Falls Art Foundry. Te story says the trio is in the process of making the space suitable for metalcasting. Falls Art would replace Te Bright

Foundry, which closed last spring when founder Jep Bright retired and the facility ceased operations. “When Jep Bright shut down the

Bright Foundry, we all saw an oppor- tunity to continue the bronze-casting

American Castings LLC Receives SQEP Award rate mentality. Suppliers must meet stringent qual-

American Castings LLC. (Pryor,

Oklahoma), a supplier of both ductile and gray iron, recently achieved the Caterpillar Inc. Supplier Quality Excel- lence Process (SQEP) Bronze Certifica- tion. American Castings supplies various Caterpillar locations with parts capability ranging in weight from 50-3,000 lbs. Te Caterpillar SQEP program is designed to promote supplier performance excellence in an effort to drive towards a “Zero-Defect” corpo-

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ity requirements in regards to: parts per million (PPM) reject rate, PPAP performance, shipping performance, key characteristics, and quality man- agement systems. American Castings worked closely with Caterpillar staff to meet the objectives of the program. “Achieving Caterpillar SQEP is an honor and validates our strong com-

legacy in Louisville,” Weir said, ac- cording to Louisville Business First. Te report says the trio is planning to hold a fundraiser and looking to raise $350,000 toward the project. Tey hope the lost wax bronze and aluminum sculpture facility will be functional by the middle of the year. According to Louisville Business First, the metalcasters have hired Human Momentum to help get the facility off the ground. “We want to be a part of the com-

munity and to use this property as a way of engaging, “ Boyer said accord- ing to the report.

mitment to provide the highest quality castings for our customers,” said Jeff Kotterman, Caterpillar account man- ager, American Castings. “American Castings continually strives to meet our quality policy of ‘Value, Deliv- ery, Quality, on American Soil.’” Caterpillar (Peoria, Illinois) is a manufacturer and designer of construction and mining equipment, along with engines that run on both diesel or natural gas.

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