Waupaca Foundry, Inc., a Hitachi Metals group company, announces it is opening a machining operation adjacent to its gray iron foundry located on the east side of Waupaca. The new Waupaca Foundry machining plant is located at 600 Industrial Drive, Waupaca, Wis., and will machine brake components for the commercial vehicle market.

Source: Waupaca Foundry, Inc.

workers who lead CNC machining of cast iron components produced at Waupaca Foundry. This is a second machining operation for Waupaca Foundry, which also operates a machining facility located in Effingham, Illinois. The decision to expand operations beyond raw castings was to support customer demand.

“Our global markets are changing, and customers want a higher level of value-added services,” said John Wiesbrock, executive vice president for Waupaca Foundry. “A vertically integrated model such as this takes the waste out of the supply chain for customers.”  Wiesbrock added opening this facility fulfills corporate objectives established in 2016 to vertically integrate services. 

Braking components machined in the new facility will be used by heavy duty truck manufacturers. These components are cast and machined on site in Waupaca rather than shipped to Tier 1 suppliers. However, Wiesbrock adds that opening the machining operation will not eliminate the need for other supply chain partners providing machining services.

Source: Waupaca Foundry, Inc.