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henever a company announces a new or expanded casting

facility, it’s a big deal for everybody involved. It shows a renewed commit- ment to the industry and their cus- tomers and also means the company is healthy and strong enough to bolster its operations. Tat doesn’t mean it’s an easy

process. Inevitably, challenges arise that throw up speedbumps and issues, issues that need to be overcome to make the projects successful. To see how growing companies rise

to the occasion and finish their expan- sions, MODERN CASTING caught up with a pair of firms expanding their capabilities. Tey’ve both faced differ- ent issues and have faced them head on, with positive results.

Pace Industries In May, Pace Industries (Fayette-

ville, Arkansas) announced it would be expanding its Maple Lake, Minnesota facility. In a $6.3 million project, Pace is adding 60,000 sq. ft. to the plant in Maple Lake and also making adjust- ments to an existing structure. In any circumstance that would be

challenging, but it could have been made even more difficult by the dis- tance between Maple Lake and Pace’s

Pace Industries is expanding its facility in Maple Lake, Minnesota.

corporate headquarters. Tere could have been times when communica- tions would be garbled and important messages lost. It doesn’t seem like that’s happening. “A lot of the management on this

project does take place locally. We have a team there that is involved in over- seeing the construction. Te general contractor does 90% of that work but certainly there is oversight,” said Rod Taylor, chief operating officer, Pace. “We also have a gentleman in our Fayetteville office that does a lot of our construction review, so he’s looking at plans and he’s looking at progress. He’s giving advice to the team onsite

on certain structural and infrastruc- ture thoughts because he’s been in the industry for years and years, so he does a very good job.” Tat “gentleman” is Ken New, who’s

done this type of thing before for Pace. “We had a big issue in our Har-

rison (Arkansas) plant where we had to do a lot of construction work there in 2013 and he was very instrumen- tal in helping us put that plant back together,” Taylor said. “He’s got a lot of experience in the construc- tion of diecasting plants. So he’s been instrumental as the funnel back to our Fayetteville office.” Because of the “funnel” of informa-

tion, the construction process is about 40% complete and Pace hopes to start the move-in process by the second quarter of next year. To hit that target they have to be quick because, in Minnesota, there comes a time when construction can’t be done in winter. “We’ve got to get indoors by the

November timeframe,” Taylor said. “Tat’s a milestone for us. We’ve got to get a roof and cover on it in the next six weeks so we can be indoors finish- ing it up. “Obviously, a lot of the infrastruc-

Pace Industries and KSM Castings are both overcoming challenges to complete their construction projects.

ture work we’re looking at carefully because the equipment we’re putting in there is going to require some of that infrastructure. We’re going to want to start moving that into place in that March/April timeframe. We have some hard dates that we really need to hit.”

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