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US Aluminum Castings Adds Capacity to Machine Shop

Released on November 13, 2009

US Aluminum Castings, Entiat, Wash., has purchased and received a new horizontal CNC mill that will increase the company’s machine shop capacity by 30%, according to a spokesperson.

“We machine almost 100% of our parts because of the demand for one stop shopping,” said John Koegler, US Aluminum’s chief executive officer.

Koegler said the machine, which it adds to its existing automated mills, will increases the company’s machining capacity due to its size, speed and rapid tooling changeover capability. According to Koegler, the company no longer operates any manual lathes in its machine shop.

US Aluminum’s machine shop sits on 15,000 of the metalcasting facility’s 100,000 sq. ft. The company produces parts in the permanent mold, green sand, lost foam and nobake processes and, in addition to machining, offers heat treating, powder coating, inspection and assembly. The company produces parts primarily for the heavy truck, aerospace, military, marine and testing industries. According to Koegler, US Aluminum brought in additional machining capacity to answer the growth it has seen across all of the end-use markets it serves.

“It is not dedicated to a particular job,” Koegler said. “We’ve seen growth of our general marketplace. We’ve had customers come to us because they were concerned about other metalcasters’ ability to deliver a finished product.”

US Aluminum Castings is a member of the Advanced Metals Group, which produces aluminum and iron castings from five domestic metalcasting facilities.