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Weekly Update February 3, 2009

Feb. 3, 2009
Citation buying Foseco lost-foam pattern plant Indianapolis Casting set for closure New Hunter molding machine, handling system
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Citation Buys Foseco Lost-Foam Pattern Plant
Citation’s CEO Doug Grimm stated that “the acquisition of Foseco-Morval strengthens our position as the technology and market leader for lost-foam castings and will help create new business opportunities.” Read more
Closing Set for Navistar Foundry, Engine Plant
Navistar International will close its Indianapolis engine plant and Indianapolis Casting Corp. subsidiary by July 31. The decision is a consequence of a recent settlement with Ford Motor Co., which ended a legal dispute as well as a 30-year supplier arrangement between the automaker and the engine manufacturer. Read more
J.L. French Downsizing Due to “Rapid Decline”
Aluminum diecaster J.L. French Automotive Casting is laying off nearly 500 workers at its plants in Sheboygan, WI, and Glasgow, KY, citing “the unforeseen rapid decline of orders” for its decision to make permanent an extended holiday shutdown. Read more
Featured This Week
New Hunter Molding Machine, Handling System Installed The new installations at AKWA includes Hunter’s XL2430 automatic molding machine, to produce 24x30 in. molds (610x762 mm) molds, with a 12-in. (305-mm) cope and a 11-in. (280-mm) drag. Read more
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REB Blog: Is there a plan here?
Is it possible Ford might sell its foundry and engine complex to some company that will operate it and supply the automaker on a long-term basis? Read more
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