Robert Brooks

Foundry Management & Technology

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.)

Headlines and Hard Work in Automaking
Ford’s aluminum F-150 became a primary example of “the rebirth of American manufacturing.”
GE Aviation Wants Alternatives to Investment Castings
GE Aviation wants lower-cost, faster alternatives to investment castings for jet engine parts.
Bradken to Close Washington Steel Foundry
Bradken plans to close its foundry in Chehalis, WA, and consolidate the operations with other plants.
Ohio Foundry Cited by OSHA for Noise, Silica Dust Hazards
OSHA charged MCM Precision Casting with 18 safety and health violations concerning “dangerous noise levels” and silica dust.
Grede and Affiliates Now Listed Following IPO
Grede Holdings and two forging manufacturers have been combined in a new holding company and listed in recent IPO.
EPA Endorses Reuse for Spent Foundry Sand
EPA completed a risk assessment of foundry sand recycling, concluding that some environmental benefits may be expected.
Dynacast Sold Again in $1.1-Billion Deal
Dynacast International is changing hands in $1.1 billion transfer of shares among private investors.
Magellan Aerospace, Pratt & Whitney Canada in New 10-Year Contract
Magellan Aerospace has a new, 10-year supply agreement for magnesium and aluminum sand castings to Pratt & Whitney Canada.
Texas Diecaster Draws OSHA Citations
OSHA cited C & H Die Casting for 15 serious safety violations discovered in September 2014.
Fiat Chrysler Adding $266 Million to Indiana Expansion

Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC plans to increase its capital investment program at the Kokomo Transmission Plant in Indiana by $266 million, to increase capacity for its TorqueFlite eight-speed transmissions. It marks the sixth investment program since 2009 for that location, totaling nearly $1.8 billion, the automaker indicated.

The company has said the new investment would retain jobs at the Kokomo operation. FCA US has requested an amended city tax-abatement in connection with the new investment, and it said the project would begin immediately for completion in Q3 2016.

Momentary Perfection
Holding a community together is real challenge of our age, because the points of contact are a series of incidental transactions.
Simplified, Automatic Relining for Monolithic Lined Ladles 
The Simpex Hydraulik MLC 2011 unit will simplify ladle maintenance and reduce refractory and waste-disposal cost.
Nemak to Add HPDC Capacity in Mexico
Nemak plans to build a new, $125-million high-pressure diecasting plant in Mexico.
Navistar Closing Indianapolis Foundry, Citing Costs, Efficiencies
Navistar will close its Indianapolis iron foundry by Q3 2015, eliminating approximately 180 jobs.
Alcoa Purchase Adds European Investment Casting
Alcoa has a deal to buy Tital, a German investment casting foundry, extending its presence in aerospace products markets.
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