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Star Pipe Acquires Jensen International Star Pipe Products (Houston) has


acquired the assets of Jensen Inter- national (Coffeyville, Kansas) and its subsidiary Jencast, located in South Coffeyville, Oklahoma. Jensen International provides cast-


ing, machining, metal fabrication, as- sembly and production of customized cast iron and ductile iron products. Te acquisition will allow Star Pipe


to continue the operation of manufac- turing domestically made cast iron and ductile iron products in South Cof- feyville. Te company intends to expand the existing facility in Oklahoma and install new and updated equipment. Dan McCutcheon, president, Star


Pipe Products, said “We are proud to own and operate our first foundry in the United States, and look forward to expanding our workforce in northeast- ern Oklahoma.” “Te Cherokee Nation is dedicated to partnering with state and local


governments to bring industry, jobs and economic development to north- east Oklahoma,” said Bill John Baker, Principal Chief. Te South Coffeyville acquisition is expected to begin operation immediate- ly. Te company will retain the current workforce and expects to create approxi- mately 260 new jobs over the next five


years. Te direct investment is expected to be in excess of $40 million. “I am excited to extend a big


welcome to Star Pipe for choosing to move their facility to our community. Tis is a great opportunity for our town and Nowata County to maintain our growth,” said Jim Wilhelms, mayor, South Coffeyville.


Fritz Winter Breaks Ground in Kentucky Fritz Winter (Stadtallendorf,


Germany) held a groundbreaking ceremony for its new site in Franklin, Kentucky.


Te 300,000 sq. ft. facility will house a metalcasting facility and mechanical production area. Te new plant will be Fritz Winter’s first non- German site in 65 years. Machining of disc brake rotors is expected to begin in 2017 and over


300 jobs are expected to be added. Te company produces engine blocks and heads, among other automotive parts. According to local reports, the first phase will bring over 200 jobs with a $100 million investment. “Tis is one of the most important


milestones of our company,” Jorg Ru- mikewitz, CEO, Fritz Winter Group, said according to the Bowling Green Daily News.


10 | MODERN CASTING October 2016


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