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Jencastrsquos two 9ton coreless induction threephase furnaces melt 5 tonshour or 120 tonsday The foundry pours all grades of ductile and austempered ductile iron compacted graphite iron and gray iron up to 40 Grade Ductile ADI and CGI are available as castings up to 1250 lbs gray iron can be cast in parts up to 2000 lbs

Jensen International Bought by Star Pipe Products

Oct. 11, 2016
Water works, municipal products manufacturer/distributor acquires its first U.S. foundry $40-million expansion 288 new jobs " … a substantial component of our long-term growth plan"

Star Pipe Products, a Houston-based supplier and distributor of pipe products for water works and construction and municipal use, has acquired the assets of Jensen International – giving Star Pipe its first domestic metalcasting capacity with the Jencast operation in South Coffeyville, OK. The value of the acquisition was not announced.

According to a statement issued by the office of Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin, Star Pipe Products will retain the Jencast foundry’s current 88 workers, and intends to carry out more than $40 million worth of improvements over five years. The expanded foundry would create approximately 260 new jobs over that time, the governor’s statement indicated.

Jensen International has four operating divisions. In addition to the iron foundry, it operates Jensen Truck Equipment, a fabricator of various components and subassemblies; JenTech, a fabricating, welding, painting, and assembly business; and a full-service CNC and manual machine shop with an API certified gear line.

“Today’s announcement is another great example that our pro-growth, pro-business policies are working and are making Oklahoma an even better place to do business,” the governor stated.

Jencast is a green-sand foundry casting gray and ductile iron, as well as ADI and CGI parts up to 2,000 lbs., with induction melting, two molding lines, in-house coremaking, and full finish machining capabilities.

The scope of the capital investment has not been detailed.

“We are proud to own and operate our first foundry in the United States, and look forward to expanding our workforce in northeastern Oklahoma,” stated Dan McCutcheon, president of Star Pipe Products. “This project represents a substantial component of our long-term growth plan, and we are excited to start making it a reality. We want to thank the state of Oklahoma, the town of South Coffeyville, Nowata County, and the Cherokee Nation for their assistance in making this project happen.”

According to information released by the Native American governing authority based in northeastern Oklahoma, “collaborative efforts between the municipal, state and Cherokee Nation governments played a role in making the expansion possible.”

The Cherokee Nation’s career services department is expected to help recruit and train new workers for the foundry.

“This is a big win for a strong Cherokee community,” stated Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin, Jr. “It shows the power of partnerships when it comes to economic development.”

About the Author

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.)