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Brembo has inaugurated its plant in Escobedo, Mexico and also an- nounced the company will begin construction on another new facility that will produce cast iron discs. The new plant will be adjacent to the one inaugurated in Escobedo. The ceremony was attended by


several Mexican and Italian authori- ties, including the Italian Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs Bene- detto Della Vedova. Escobedo is one of the company’s


more modern and aluminum caliper plants. Once fully operational, the plant will be capable of making two million aluminum calipers per year. The plant, which covers an area of 377,000 sq. ft., will add sales of over $100 million a year. About 500 new jobs also will be created.


Brembo Inaugurates New Plant, Announces Another As for the new facility, con-


struction will begin soon and the plant will be operational by the end of 2017. The new project, with a $93 million investment, will have a melting capacity of approximately 100,000 tons per year and will cover an area of


269,000 sq. ft. The new facility will employ approximately 200 people. The production of the new plant


will be dedicated to American, European and Asian original equip- ment manufacturers (OEM) present in Mexico with manufacturing facilities.


The new plant will be adjacent to the one inaugurated in Escobedo.


O’Fallon Casting Breaks Ground on Expansion O’Fallon Casting (O’Fallon,


Missouri) recently broke ground on a 25,000 sq.-ft. expansion, which will eventually bring the total size of the facility to 75,000 sq. ft. Construction will take approximately 12-16 months and will work around O’Fallon’s schedule so the plant will main- tain service and delivery. T e main focus of the expansion


is to streamline product fl ow and modernize the casting clean-up and pre-inspection areas. T e additions include a new high-capacity oven, which will almost double O’Fallon’s current heat treating capacity. A conveyor system will move cast shells directly from the metalcast-


ing facility to the casting cleanup area, reducing handling and the possibility of handling damage. Newly designed automatic water-


wash machines to remove a majority of the ceramic shell in one pass are also arriving, as is increased warehouse space.


The main focus of the expansion is to streamline product fl ow and modernize the casting clean-up and pre-inspection areas.


Plattco to Use Grant for Furnace Upgrade Plattco (Plattsburgh, New York) has


qualifi ed for $50,000 in Excelsior tax credits and is reportedly planning on using the funds to replace its met- alcasting furnace. According to a report from the Press-Republican, Plattco president


Doug Crozier said the company plans on using the money towards a $300,000 furnace upgrade. “We are pleased New York has programs like this to support companies like ours,” Crozier said, according to the report. Plattco manufactures valves and has


been employee-owned for 14 years. Around 30% of its sales are outside North America. “We made a commitment to our


employees and ourselves that we are going to be a Plattsburgh manufac- turer,” Crozier said.


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