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