Located in Longview, Texas,
Southwest Steel Casting
Company was founded in 1971. In 1974,
it was bought-out by Texas Steel, who owned SWS
until December 1989. It was purchased by
American Car Foundry (ACF), and under whose
ownership it remains.
At the time of its purchase by ACF, Southwest
Steel was shipping approximately 180 tons/month.
This number has since been increased to approx.
700 tons/month, and the number of employees has
almost doubled from 120 to well over 300 since
When founded in 1971, Southwest Steel Casting
Company consisted of one manufacturing building,
Plant 1, and the Administrative offices. Plant
1, at that time, was a green sand casting
facility with one arc furnace and a shell core
department with modest pattern repair
capabilities. Since that time, Plant 1 has been
expanded 3 times.
The original green sand system has been replaced
by a modern NoBake molding system and includes a
state-of-the-art sand reclamation system. The
core making facilities have been enhanced with
the addition of a phenolic urethane coldbox core
blower. In addition, amine gassing and scrubber
support equipment have also been installed.
In 1976 additional manufacturing facilities
where required to meet increasing customer
demands. A second manufacturing facility was
constructed - Plant 2. Plant 2 was designed,
from the beginning, as a NoBake foundry. It
housed, when built, an arc furnace, core making,
molding loop, pouring area, shakeout, casting
cleaning room and shipping facilities.
As with Plant 1, Plant 2 has undergone several
expansions which include additions to the
cleaning room, furnace department and shipping
docks. In 1997, the existing attrition
reclamation system was moved and expanded into
an adjoining building. In 1998 a Gudgeon thermal
sand reclamation system was installed to improve
the quality of the sand and to reduce Southwest
Steel's waste stream.
To support the manufacturing plants, additional
facilities have were added in 1997/98. These
facilities included a pattern storage building,
with a fire suppression system, a services
building which houses the testing facilities,
stores and maintenance, and a new 6,000 sq. ft.
Administrative Offices building. To handle the
additional traffic, a new access road and
parking lot expansion was completed in 1998.