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Ind. steel castings producer adds machining capabilities

Keywords: Tags  Harrison Steel Castings, Geoffrey Curtis, machining centers, facility expansion, oil and gas, mining, construction, Corinna Petry

CHICAGO — An Indiana steel castings producer is expanding its business with a new machining facility that will cater to both new and existing customers.

Attica-based Harrison Steel Castings Co. started out as National Car Coupler Co. about 100 years ago. Today, the company makes carbon and low-alloy steel castings for the construction, mining, and oil and gas industries, vice president and general manager Geoffrey Curtis told AMM.

"We have some machining capabilities, but to capture the value-added opportunities, we need to expand. Some of our new customers said they wanted to see us do that, so we studied the market and the feedback was very positive," Curtis said.

The company’s complex, encompassing nearly 651,000 square feet under roof, can produce castings from 350 to 14,000 pounds. About 700 employees work at the facility, which recorded $130 million in sales last year, according to Curtis.

Harrison Steel recently completed a 29,000-square-foot addition that will house two new machining centers, a Mazak V100 and Mazak E1820. The first machining center is being assembled now, he said, while the second unit is scheduled to arrive in July and start up by early September. The total investment is about $9 million.

The work Harrison Steel will now bring in-house "used to be outsourced by the customers or by us, but customers told us they wanted to receive finished goods" rather than just semifinished castings, Curtis said.

Harrison Steel’s added capabilities will improve efficiencies for castings customers. "We are trying to persuade customers how this will improve their value stream," rather than shipping material around for different processes, he said.

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