Waupaca Foundry partners with Dotson, Kohler to streamline castings supply chain

Waupaca Foundry partners with Dotson, Kohler to streamline castings supply chain

March 14th, 2019 by Staff Report in Business Around the Region

A worker near the furnace at the Waupaca Foundry on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Etowah, Tenn.

Photo by C.B. Schmelter

Waupaca Foundry Inc., a Hitachi Metals company which operates a 560-employee plant in Etowah, Tennessee, has entered into separate manufacturing alliances with Dotson Iron Castings and Kohler Industrial Castings to provide customers requesting horizontal molding a streamlined supply chain managed by Waupaca.

Waupaca Foundry operates 35 vertical molding machines nationwide. Both Dotson and Kohler recently installed new horizontal molding capacity. Offering both horizontal and vertical molding capabilities provides casting buyers the flexibility to source suppliers to best suit their production needs.

Examples of parts made at the Waupaca Foundry are seen in their office on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 in Etowah, Tenn.

Examples of parts made at the Waupaca Foundry...

Photo by C.B. Schmelter

"These three companies have a strong reputation in our metal casting industry and with our customers around the globe," said Dotson Iron Castings President and CEO, Jean Bye.

The new manufacturing alliance creates a more sustainable supply chain for both foundries' original equipment makers an their suppliers.

"Increasingly our customers want the flexibility to source both vertically- and horizontally-parted iron castings with fewer suppliers," said John Wiesbrock, executive vice president for Waupaca Foundry. "Buyers want to simplify their supply chain relationships and need reliable suppliers with proven track records such as Dotson, Kohler, and Waupaca Foundry."

For Dotson and Kohler, the agreements will open new markets through Waupaca Foundry's existing customer relationships.

All companies serve the automotive, agricultural, rail, municipal and other industrial markets.


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