OSR Inc., a manufacturer of automotive fasteners, plans to increase its manufacturing production in Columbus, Ind. The company, a joint venture between Japan’s Owari Precise Products Co. and Columbus-based Rightway Fasteners Inc., will invest $7 million to construct and equip a new 82,395-square-foot manufacturing facility. OSR plans to add up to 12 new positions and is hiring immediately for positions in heat treatment and IT. Production is scheduled to increase at the beginning of 2020. OSR, which currently has 29 employees, specializes in M4 to M9 cold-forged fasteners, primarily for Toyota.
High-temperature insulating wool (HTIW) products boast significant advantages compared to traditional refractory products on investment cost, operating expenses, reliability, overall efficiency and the fast availability of the equipment following relining or maintenance and repair work.
The Ellwood Closed Die Group (ECDG) is launching a new product line for Seakeeper. The line includes finish-machined flywheels that are assembled into gyro stabilizers, which, according to Seakeeper, cut down “95% of all boat roll, the rocking motion that causes sea sickness, anxiety and fatigue.” Ellwood Texas Forge Navasota (ETFN) will use the entire Ellwood Group supply chain to manufacture the flywheels from start to finish.
Most, if not all, heat treaters – whether they like to admit it or not – enjoy the challenges that present themselves when confronted by a new material or the need to develop a new process recipe to achieve specified properties or results.
In a recently announced deal that occurred last year, Forged Components Inc. (FCI) of Humble, Texas, acquired hammer-forge and heat-treatment facilities from Houston-based Forge USA. This added eight additional heat-treatment furnaces to FCI's existing furnaces located at its Humble and Navasota, Texas, forging locations. The acquisition, which also included a 16,000-pound polymer quench tank and 30,000-pound water quench tank, has added 300,000 pounds of heat-treating capacity to FCI’s Humble and Navasota sites.
Forging companies are often faced with the decision about whether to add services to offer their customers. The investment in and addition of, for example, heat treating or machining service departments to your operation are viable growth strategies.
Allegheny Technologies Inc. announced that its board of directors approved an investment to expand its isothermal forging and heat-treating capacities to satisfy growing demand from the aerospace market. This self-funded, multiyear expansion of approximately $95 million represents ATI’s fourth isothermal press, which will be located at the company’s forging center of excellence in Cudahy, Wis. The associated heat-treating expansion will also be in Cudahy.