Weekly Update  December 15, 2009

Weekly Update December 15, 2009

Citation wins $50-million program Howmet cuts IC plant employment New, better abrasive wheels at TK Waupaca.

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Weekly UpdateDecember 15, 2009
This Week's Metalcasting News Review

Citation Wins $50-Million Brake Program
Foundry group Citation Corp. reports it recently won a $50-million contract for new business from Continental Teves, to supply iron-cast brake components for hybrid small cars and crossover utility vehicles in the North American market. Read more

Two Foundries Gain Quality Certifications
US Aluminum Castings reports it completed certification for the ISO TS-16949 standard, a global standard that certifies continuous improvement programs for defect prevention and supply-chain waste elimination. The Bradken-Amite steel foundry in Amite, LA, achieved ABS certification to produce steel castings for marine applications. Read more

Alcoa Howmet Cuts Employment at Investment Casting Plant
Alcoa Howmet has laid off over 20% of the workforce at its Hampton, VA, investment casting plant, citing weak demand for industrial gas turbines. Two-hundred and fifty positions were eliminated earlier this month; the plant reportedly had a workforce of 1,060 prior to the layoffs. Read more

Featured This Week

Changing Wheels = Cleaner, Safer Rooms
Operators at ThyssenKrupp’s Waupaca Plant in Marinette, WI, found a way to boost plant productivity and provide a safer and cleaner atmosphere for workers by switching to a new abrasive wheel for hand grinding. Read more

Forums And Blogs

REB Blog: Encouraging discouragement
Most people in business appreciate the value of confidence and contentment in their workers and customers. But, as business has been displaced so widely by government in the past year, apparently the government officials now making business their business have not picked up this bit of understanding. Read more


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