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buyCastings Eyes Foam Mold Venture

Dec. 9, 2013
Foam replaces shell State, federal support sought Aircraft engine OEMs potential buyers

A custom supplier of foam patterns and specialty castings is seeking state funds for expansion. Local reports indicate that, which operates three subsidiaries, is asking the State of Ohio for $8.75 million to help fund the addition of production capacity for foam patterns, in anticipation of higher demand for foam materials to be used in place of a shell in investment casting projects.

The Miamisburg, OH, company will seek federal funds too, to match grants the state may supply.

According to the Dayton Business Journal, which reported the story, the foam molds have been in development for the past five years, with support from the U.S. Air Force and other sources.

Potential customers for the foam would be producers of aircraft engine parts, like those manufactured by GE Aviation or Pratt & Whitney, both of which have been involved with in other efforts.

If the funds become available, would undertake a three-year R&D program, which would be followed by volume production for the new molding material. COO Neil Chaudhry estimated to the Journal that commercial operation could result in 70 new hires in the first year, and up to 175 over ten years.

Presently, has 12 employees and operates Fopat Productions – supplying foam patterns to investment casters; Composite & Lightweight Structures, which casts shapes in composite materials; and Solar Power and Light LLC, which installs, owns, and maintains solar photovoltaic systems.

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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.)