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.)

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.
Shiloh Details $20-Million Diecasting Upgrade
Shiloh Industries Inc. has started a $20-million capital improvement project at the former Contech/Metal Forge site in Clarksville, TN.
Bradken Reviewing $730-Million Takeover Proposal
Bradken received a non-binding takeover bid from two funds, one that values the Australia-based ferrous foundry group at $730 million.
Workplace Injuries, Illnesses Declined Again in New Annual Summary
The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that private industry workplace injuries and illnesses totaled decline in 2013 for the tenth time in eleven years.
Brembo Building Aluminum Foundry in Mexico
Brembo S.p.A. is building a $39-million aluminum foundry in Mexico to produce brake calipers for automakers in Mexico and the U.S.
OSHA’s Quicker Reporting Regulations Start January 1
Starting January 1, OSHA will require employers to adhere to its revised standards for reporting workplace fatalities and injuries.
Accuride, UAW in Four-Year Deal for Rockford
Accuride and the UAW reached a four-year labor agreement for 291 hourly workers at Rockford, IL.
Aluminum Foundry Cited by OSHA After Worker’s Death
OSHA cited Bremer Manufacturing with three safety violations and fines of $81,900, after a worker was found unresponsive, and later died.
New 3D Printer Following Manufacturing Trends
3Dealise offers 3D scanning and measurement, reverse engineering, and rapid prototyping, as well as 3D printing of sand molds.
Avalon Precision MetalSmiths to Close Ohio Foundry
Avalon Precision Metalsmiths plans to close one of its four plants.
Making Sense in a Chaotic Age
There are risks and liabilities in metalcasting, but one advantage is that it is free from ideological conflict.
New Executive Director Named for FEF
The Foundry Educational Foundation has selected Brian Lewis as its new executive director.
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Diecasting, Injection Molding Combined in New Process
Researchers successfully cast plastic and metal together on a single machine and in a single process step.
IBC in Partnership Developing New Specialty Alloy
IBC Advanced Alloys’ Copper Alloys division is forming a partnership with Baoshida Swissmetal Ltd. and Avins USA Inc. to manufacture a high-performance alloy.

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