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'Availability of new foundry sand is already becoming a challenge, along with the need of providing new solutions to waste management,” according to the director of a metallurgical research center.
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With deoxidized base iron, carbon levels can be increased to 3.30% C and alloying can be completely or nearly eliminated at the same time.
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Many refractory products are custom-developed and manufactured for particular applications, and also usually contaminated with material they have absorbed while lining furnaces or ladles, which makes the recycling process a challenge.

UAW Concessions Keep Navistar Foundry Open

July 22, 2010
Five-year contract ends plan to close Indianapolis Casting
Navistar International Corp.’s Indianapolis Casting Corp. has earned another reprieve thanks a new five-year contract agreement between the company and the United Auto Workers union. The contract covers 250 workers, about half as many as were employed there about 18 months ago when Navistar first announced its intent to close the ferrous foundry. Indianapolis Casting casts gray and ductile iron engine blocks that are manufactured into diesel engines at Navistar’s nearby engine plant. The foundry has been in operation since the 1930s. In January 2009 Navistar announced its intent to close the foundry by last July. That was the result of the end of ICC’s 30-year supply agreement with Ford Motor Co., which ended in a legal dispute as Ford reassigned its diesel engine block sourcing. Navistar and Ford continued to work together on engine programs in other regional markets, but ending the North American supply of diesel engines to Ford eliminated the main customer for the Indianapolis operations. The UAW agreed to the contract in order preserve the jobs, with a proposal that came after the local union had already agreed to the shutdown. The new contract cuts workers’ wages, vacation time, and holidays, but preserves a number of positions for production workers and skilled tradesmen. "Our goal now is to go out and get new business, get new work," Ron Dubree, international service representative for the UAW's Region 3 told a local reporter For the next four to six months, though, the foundry will be idle. Navistar will recall workers, as needed, according to seniority, as it works through an inventory of finished work built up over recent months.