Etowah foundry to reopen and create 250 jobs

Etowah foundry to reopen and create 250 jobs

July 28th, 2011 by Mike Pare in Local - Breaking News

The ThyssenKrupp Waupaca plant in Etowah, Tenn.

Photo by Ron Clayton

ThyssenKrupp Waupaca Inc. today said it's reopening its Etowah, Tenn., foundry early next year and hiring 250 workers.

The facility had been idled in January 2010 as a result of a significant downturn in the North American automotive and truck markets and a decrease in orders.

The company said the decision to reopen the Etowah facility represents ThyssenKrupp Waupaca's commitment to meeting the long-term supply requirements of its customers and confidence in future growth prospects.

"The reopening of our Etowah foundry is good news for our customers and for the state of Tennessee, but also for the men and women we will be able to put back to work," said Gary Gigante, President and CEO of ThyssenKrupp Waupaca. "Our facility is one of the most technologically advanced in the entire iron castings industry, and we are proud to once again be open for business in McMinn County."

Hiring of qualified maintenance and production personnel will begin in August with rehiring of former employees impacted by the 2010 idling. Applicants can contact the ThyssenKrupp Waupaca Human Resources department at (423) 263-6000.

For full story, see Friday's Times Free Press