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INDUSTRY NEWS


Wisconsin Company Expanding Facility to Increase Effi ciency Fall River Group, Fall River, Wis-


consin, announced it will be construct- ing a 60,000 sq.-ft. addition to the Fall River Foundry facility in Fall River. T e company’s machining operations currently in Milwaukee will be re- located to the addition. According to a news release, “the


move is targeted to increase the group’s overall effi ciency and to provide for further growth along with an increased ability to meet customer expectations.” “Our main goal for this whole


process is to become more effi cient as a company,” executive vice president John Vick told the Columbus Journal. In a release, the company said this


will help them “continue providing this machining service and increase their competitive advantage in an ever changing marketplace.” A line of concrete fi nishing tools


Fall River Group produces also will be manufactured at the expanded facility. According to local reports, construc-


tion is expected to begin in May. T ere will also be an addition to the front of


Fall River Foundry is being expanded to help the company increase effi ciency.


the offi ce. “T at’s what you’ll see building fi rst,”


Brennen Wiegel, CEO and president, Fall River Group, told the Journal.


According to the Journal, there are


90 employees at the Fall River Foundry, and around 170 overall in the Fall River Group.


Kamtek’s Alabama Facility on Schedule for Completion Kamtek, a subsidiary of Magna


International, has said its new alu- minum casting facility in Birming- ham, Alabama, could be able to start production this fall. T e $80 million facility will be 148,000 sq. ft. “We have to prove ourselves,”


said John Hackett, general manager, Kamtek. “I know what we’re capable of at this plant, but our customers know this is a new process and we’re


going to have to prove we can do it for them. I know we will.” According to reports, eight


employees have spent time in Ger- many receiving training on high- pressure aluminum casting. T e expansion project will add 354 jobs to its current Alabama workforce of more than 900. When the announcement was


made last year, Hackett said the new aluminum casting facility and


the expansion of the company’s existing plant “demonstrates our ongoing commitment to our cus- tomers,” which include Mercedes, Volkswagen and other automakers. “We are excited to continue


our partnership with the local government in creating jobs and positioning ourselves for future business,” Hackett said at the time of the announcement.


Dynacast Announces Renewable Energy Initiative


Dynacast Lake Forest, California, announced it has partnered with a major battery company to install fi ve power pack batteries as generators. According to a news release, the


new partnership will lower Dynacast’s annual energy consumption by more than 6% and also will take them fur-


10 | MODERN CASTING May 2016


ther in green initiatives. T e fi ve 200 kW modular battery


blocks will act like effi cient generators that allow Dynacast to control con- sumption and demand in peak hours. T e battery pack scales to the space,


power, and energy requirements of the 115,000-sq. ft. plant.


“Dynacast believes in investing in our people, developing highly sought after manufacturing skills, providing the highest quality components for customers, and at the same time being mindful of our environment,” said T inh Pho, general manager, Dynacast Lake Forest.


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