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Southwest Steel Moving Forward


The Texas metalcaster has found ways to be a leader in safety as it


pursues new avenues to help customers. A MODERN CASTING STAFF REPORT


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hen Southwest Steel went over the 2 million-hour


mark without a lost-time injury, it was an important accomplishment for the Longview, Texas, facility. Five years ago, it implemented the “We Are Seri- ous About Safety” plan that rewarded safety and stressed teamwork. Quality and safety teams were created with 15 members each whose ideas are heard. Tat has led to rewards, awards and


some attention from political figures. In November, Texas state repre-


sentative David Simpson addressed employees and guests at an event com- memorating the accomplishment. He also presented Southwest Steel a state flag that once flew over the Texas capi- tol in Austin. In December, Congress- man Louie Gohmert toured the facility. "Touring the molding and casting


processes at Southwest Steel Cast- ing Company to witness the results of superb innovation and problem- solving was a great experience as well. Also, seeing firsthand how such a critical industry, with emphasis on the


safety of the workers, can fill the needs of the greatest industrialized nation in history," Gohmert said. "Metalcasting companies are such an invaluable asset to our nation, which made the tour of the stand-out company, Southwest Steel, a splendid example of American ingenuity solving one of the world's great needs. "A genuine asset to the First


District of Texas, Southwest Steel supplies the needs that keep other critical industries in business such as businesses involved in energy, construction, transportation, marine, railroad and mining." But most important is the safety. “It’s truly a testament of our awe-


Southwest Steel installed a new rollover for its nobake molds as part of its facility upgrade. 18 | MODERN CASTING July 2016


some people and teamwork that we can lay claim to accomplishments such as Southwest Steel being one of the safest steel foundries in North America, achieving 1 million man hours with no lost time four times since 2001, the recent achievement of 2 million man hours with no lost time, a 0% DART rate and a 0% OSHA incident rate,” said Shawn Ingram, interim president, South- west Steel. “When you think about the day in and day out processes in the foundry–pouring molten metal, welding operations, cutting opera- tions, grinding operations–that’s when you really appreciate and respect these amazing accomplish-


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