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EJ Buys Syracuse Castings, Expands Selection

March 12, 2012
Municipal casting chain adds New York and Utah locations

EJ, the ductile iron foundry group long known as East Jordan Iron Works, reports it acquired selected assets of Syracuse Castings Sales Corp., Syracuse, NY, and Syracuse Castings West Corp., Tooele, UT. The value of the acquisition was not announced, but the buyer said more custom steel and aluminum fabricated products (like access hatches, locking, security and gasket/lifting devices) would become available through its product line.

“This acquisition creates opportunity to provide customers with more fabricated products using current EJ channels of sales and distribution,” stated EJ vice president and general manager Thomas Teske. “We also believe that we’ll be able to serve many current Syracuse customers with the complete offering of EJ access solutions.”

The two Syracuse Castings operations have approximately 80 employees. Both companies design and manufacture fabricated access products for construction and utility applications. They sell municipal castings in central New York and Utah, and fabricated steel products in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and Utah. An aluminum hatch product line is sold across U.S. and Canada.

Based in East Jordan, MI, EJ manufactures iron castings for construction and infrastructure applications at two foundries in East Jordan, MI, and one in Ardmore, OK. It also has foundries in France, and Ireland, producing ductile iron access covers, manhole covers, gratings, frames, and similar products, all carrying the EJ brand. And, it has multiple sales and distribution outlets in the Americas, Europe, Asia, and Australia, through which it supplies cast manhole covers and frames, gratings, fabricated metal products, and fire hydrants and gate valves.

Both EJ and Syracuse have supplied each other with various infrastructure access products for strategic or geographic market segments. And, Syracuse has provided EJ with products for resale, while EJ has supplied products to Syracuse for its New York and Utah markets.

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Robert Brooks | Content Director

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.)