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Thresher Industries in Production at New Plant

Oct. 13, 2011
Metal-matrix composite diecaster finding success in agriculture sector
Thresher Industries, a metal-matrix composite diecaster, has started producing components on a commercial scale at its new casting operation in Hanford, CA. “We have converted our melting furnaces to run on propane fuel, reducing emissions and furthering our green mission,” the company explained in a statement, adding that it is manufacturing agricultural equipment components using a 100% recycled MMC material specially developed for the application. “This material is designed not only to lighten the product, which allows for farmers to use less fuel, but it is also a highly wear-resistant material giving longevity to their product,” according to the announcement. “Due to the success of this material this is one of the largest production orders we have received from this customer.” In March, Thresher announced it was discontinuing production of aluminum diecastings to concentrate instead on its ThermaLite aluminum-ceramic composite material as the basis for prototyping and high-volume series production. In September, the producer reported it had relocated to a new, 10,000-ft 2 plant in Hanford, that is more energy-efficient than the former location nearby. The new plant also has a dedicated metallurgical lab. Thresher said that the success of its MMC material for agricultural equipment has it planning to pursue higher levels of production and material sales in that market during 2012.
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Robert Brooks has been a business-to-business reporter, writer, editor, and columnist for more than 20 years, specializing in the primary metal and basic manufacturing industries. His work has covered a wide range of topics, including process technology, resource development, material selection, product design, workforce development, and industrial market strategies, among others. Currently, he specializes in subjects related to metal component and product design, development, and manufacturing — including castings, forgings, machined parts, and fabrications.

Brooks is a graduate of Kenyon College (B.A. English, Political Science) and Emory University (M.A. English.)