Waupaca Foundry Inc. Sold For $1.3 billion

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KPS Capital Partners officially announced on Tuesday, August 19th that they are going to sell Waupaca Foundry Inc., the largest producer of ductile iron and gray iron castings in the world, to a Japanese company, Hitachi Metals Ltd., for $1.3 billion.

A New York-based firm said in a recent news release that the closing of the sale is expected to happen before the end of 2014. When KPS purchased Waupaca Foundry in June 2012 they added over 200 jobs to the local economy.

Original article published in Postcrescent.com
Original Article by: Sharon Hanuszczak-Froberg

The Demand for Metal is Rising

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The price of metal has fluctuated the last few years, and strong prices have never been consistent; until now. According to Olympic Steel Inc. Chairman and CEO Michael Siegal, “Market conditions in 2014 feel much more like those of an expanding economy rather than the sputtering economy we have experienced in recent years.”

Hazardous weather played a major part in this year’s first quarter slump for Olympic, but according to Siegel: “We’re seeing demand growth across a wide spectrum of our customer base led by industrial machinery and heavy equipment manufacturers. Our customers tell us they are optimistic going into the second half and steel producers announced another price increase in late June.”

Increase in demand and sales has been seen across the entire metals industry. Aluminum, steel, tube and pipe businesses have seen a considerable increase in the second quarter of 2014. Olympic Steel distributed 17 percent more flat-rolled products in the second quarter of 2014 than it did in 2013. This was the best quarter for these specific products since 2008.

Without weather interrupting production, the end of 2014 looks to be one of the best quarters for the metals industries in a considerable amount of time.

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Original Article published on August 13, 2014 in Modern Medals

Original Article written by: Corinna Petry

Russia’s Severstal to Sell Two Metal Plants for $2.3 billlion.

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Severstal, a Russian steel maker is selling two of its American facilities to two of its competitors, Steel Dynamics an AK Steel, for a hefty $2.3 billion dollars.

The Russian steel maker invested in the international expansion before the financial crisis hit, and now they’re looking to cut their losses. In response to the crisis in Ukraine, the United States has tightened its policies on Russia’s access to financial tools. However, the sales of the two facilities are primarily the results of a struggling business.

This acquisition of the two facilities should be a great step for the United States steel industry. Jeff Largey, steel analyst at Macquarie Securities, said, “I think this is a positive development for the U.S. steel industry. It leads to further consolidation of the market by U.S. producers.”

Other foreign producers have also noticed struggles in the U.S. market. German steel maker, Thyssen Krupp, was forced to sell its facility in Atlanta for $1.55 billion.

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Original article written by: Stanley Reed, The New York Times

$148 Million Metal Research Center to be Built in Detroit

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On Wednesday July, 23rd it was officially announced that there is going to be a federally funded metals research institution built in Detroit, MI. This institution, American Lightweight Materials Manufacturing Innovation Institute, will cost around $148 million.

The focus of the institution is to move new, top of the line metals from research into automobiles, aircrafts and ships used in commercial settings as well as the United States military.

A leading factor that went into the decision to pursue this institution, according to President Barack Obama, is the creation of jobs. The metals and technology industry has lost an immense amount of jobs to foreign markets, but this institution is creating jobs right here in the United States.

“I look forward to seeing the innovations that will come out of the institute that will transform American manufacturing.” – University of Michigan President Mark Schilssel

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3D Metal Printing For All

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Sciaky has been the leader in 3D metal printing since the birth of the technology in 2009. But, only DARPA, Boeing, Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force have been able to utilize the technology. That is all going to change on September 1st, 2014.

The Electronic Beam Additive Manufacturing (EBAM) technology, also known as 3D printing allows manufacturers of metal parts and materials to produce specific parts with efficiency and accuracy. The technology utilizes a CAD program, a software to three dimensionalize an object, and then it “prints” the desired part. Layer by layer, this technology builds what you want to your exact specifications.

“Starting with a 3D model from a CAD program, Sciaky’s fully-articulated, moving electron beam gun deposits metal, layer by layer, until the part is complete,” Sciaky explains. “Depending on the part being manufactured, deposition rates can range up to 250 cubic inches per hour.”

This technology is no longer going to be utilized by the select few, these machines will be available for any large businesses who can afford it. And by no means going to be a cheap technology, but the efficiency and precision of this machine alone, is worth taking a look at.

Check out a video of the EBAM technology here.

Original Article by: Whitney Hipolite. Read the full article here.

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Saving Steps and Increasing Accuracy: Plasma Technology

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Multitasking is something that has revolutionized every industry one could possibly imagine. Think about it. The “Swiss Army Knife”, headphones that let you talk on the phone, kitchen appliances with clocks/alarms/timers/etc., the smart phone, the “Spork” and much, much more. Being able to perform multiple tasks at once allows us to consolidate time and effort, and in return we’re able to produce or perform at a faster and higher rate. Multitasking has found its way into plasma technology, and it’s causing quite a splash.

Profile Cutting Systems saw an opportunity to infuse new life into established technology by developing an automated, multitasking plasma bevel head able to cut steel plate with a bevel or straight edge and weld prep at the same time. The fully programmable Zero Offset plasma bevel head can cut and bevel ¼ – inch to 3 1/8  – inch plate without limits on cutting direction. ”

Leon Cotte, the director of PCS, explains that years ago, if you were to cut a square from a plate, it would have to be moved to a “layout bench” where someone would punch holes for the drilling process. Then, other workers would bevel those specific marked areas by hand. Cotte also explains that this new technology has been met with some resistance.

Like many new technological advances in the manufacturing world, they often cut out the human element, and subsequently, cut jobs from hard working individuals. This technology has also seen some resistance because change is hard in the manufacturing world. When you have done things the same way, for years and years, change can be intimidating.

But John Zuehlke, the vice president of sales at PCS, goes into a little more detail about the technology, proving its innovation and usefulness in the manufacturing world. He says that, “If you are cutting a square, for example, our plasma bevel head can make a 90-degree turn without offsetting the cutting machine.” No other system has this capability. Due to this zero offset feature, there will be an exponentially lower amount of scrap; something the industry is always trying to do.

Cotte ends by saying, “When it comes to our plasma bevel head technology, increased productivity, reduced factory noise and labor savings speak for themselves.”

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Original article written by: Lynn Stanley

Photo courtesy: Profile Cutting Systems

Manufacturing: Pushing America’s Workforce Forward

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Manufacturing output and employment are steadily growing for the first time in nearly ten years, according to Penny Pritzker – Commerce Secretary. She opened with this information at The Big M, a conference focused on manufacturing and technology.

There is a revitalization and regeneration in the manufacturing and technology industries that is starting to happen, and it’s an opportunity to usher in new jobs and new investors. Pritzker commented on this opportunity U.S. manufacturers have,

“America cannot afford to be left behind,” she said. “We have to do better and we have to do more.”

This manufacturing boom can partially be credited to the Commerce Department’s plan to make the United States manufacturing and technology sector a highly sought after area for both domestic and foreign investors. This allows for more workers trained, more jobs, more investments and a stronger manufacturing sector of our economy.

Thriving manufacturing areas of the United States will be introduced to Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership network (IMCP). It is a development program, funded by our federal government, which distributes 12 grants to perpetuate the continued growth regions are already experiencing in the manufacturing sector. This program focuses on worker training, a priceless tool all manufacturing professionals need.

“For America to compete, it is all of our responsibility to educate and train the workforce,” said Pritzker.

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Welcome to the Sullivan Corp. News and Blog Page

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Welcome to the Sullivan Metals news and blog section of our website. Here you’ll find weekly news and updates on the Blanchard grinding and metal services industry, as well as blog posts and news articles that are all about Sullivan Corp. We’ll be posting fun pictures and videos, updates on what’s happening behind the scenes here at Sullivan Corp., and much more. We want this to be your one stop shop for all things metal.

If you’re new to Sullivan Corp., let us tell you a little more about what we do. We offer an enormous amount of metal services ranging from Blanchard grinding, which is synonymous with Rotary Surface grinding, flame cutting, fabricating, machining, sawing, abrasive blasting, stress relieving and more. Our services can be offered to, but not limited to, machine shops, metal service centers, OEMs, fabricators, pattern shops, tool and die shops and machine builders throughout North America.

But, let’s take a closer look into Blanchard grinding, and why we offer the best services in the industry. For those new to Blanchard Grinding, technically referred to as Rotary Surface Grinding, is a metal service that quickly removes stock from one side of a part. Abrasive stones are used to remove stock from the work-piece. Magnetic materials are held in place with an electromagnetic chuck. Dimensional tolerances of approximately 0.001″ parallelism and flatness per foot of diagonal of part are achievable on Blanchard Grinders. Surface finish typically will run 63 micro-inch RMS and as high as 32 micro-inch RMS with certain material. Using significantly greater horsepower than other grinding methods, Blanchard Grinding removes large amounts of stock quickly and efficiently. Non-ferrous materials can also be ground, but require special work holding arrangements.

Not only do we provide the highest quality Blanchard grinding services the industry has to offer, using the most advanced equipment available; but we also house and run the world’s largest Blanchard grinder, a 200” monster of a grinder!

Check back soon for more news and updates from Sullivan Corp.

Advanced Energy Technologies are Calling for Advanced Metals

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With technology advancing in energy production, the metals industry has to follow suit.

The metals industry is in need of materials that can match the brutal conditions of the unstable environments that our new energy sources are generating from. Solar, wind, tar sands, water, etc. And since onshore and off shore oil isn’t going away, metal products, in the “traditional” energy categories, are still being used today. Bottom line is, metals in technology are here to stay.

Renewable energy now delivers nearly 13 percent of the electricity in the United States. With this industry advancing, no longer are there one or two manufacturers that are producing parts for renewable and natural energy components. Because of the energy boom, there are more producers, which causes more competition and innovation. It’s a tried and true pattern. When there is competition, there is innovation, because the competition has to differentiate themselves in a way that propels the industry into the future. Think Apple and Microsoft, the space race, etc. Innovation is fueling the metals industry, allowing these advancements in energy technology to reach new territories. We are currently drilling oil in places we could never dream of, all because of metal advancements.

Solar energy is making significant changes as well. Higher quality components, such as wiring and substrates, are boosting efficiency and production. Solar energy is now becoming a mainstream energy producer, being used both by consumers and businesses.

Without metal advancements, there would be no technological advancements in energy.

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