Accuride Reinvents Its Wheel End Plant

One of the oldest foundries in the U.S., the former Gunite operation bounced back from bankruptcy through continuous improvement. Now, it’s all in on lean.

For any U.S. manufacturer to trace its roots to before the First World War is impressive. For a manufacturing company to date back to before the U.S. Civil War, though, is almost unknown. Yet, in Rockford, IL, we find Accuride Wheel End Solutions plant (formerly Gunite), a company founded in 1854. It has operated from that location since 1905.

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