Ohio Star Forge launches expansion

Apr 03, 2013 | 01:47 PM | Corinna Petry

Tags  Ohio Star Forge, Bill Orbach, special bar quality steel, SBQ, capacity expansion, automotive supply chain, Hatebur, hot-forming machine Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — Ohio Star Forge Co., which makes parts for the automotive, off-highway equipment and bearings industries, among others, plans to double its forging capacity with a $20-million expansion.

The company has purchased land adjacent to its 180,000-square-foot plant in Champion Township, Ohio, and will construct a 33,000-square-foot addition to house a new production line, chief executive officer Bill Orbach told AMM. The line will be built around a high-speed horizontal hot-former made by Reinach, Switzerland-based Hatebur Umformmaschinen AG.

"We have four Hateburs in production now," Orbach said. "Once the fifth machine is installed, we will be able to produce components from 1 inch to 6.5 inches in diameter," and Ohio Star’s output will nearly double to 70,000 to 71,000 tons of forgings per year from 36,000 tons currently.....

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