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Present operations at the Southwest Steel Casting Company.


Southwest Steel Casting Company is a steel foundry which provides carbon, low alloy, low temperature heat resistant and stainless steel castings to a variety of industries, which include, but are not limited to, petroleum processing, valves, oil field, mining, transportation, heavy equipment, and railroad.

Plant 1 typically produces castings ranging from 10 to 500 lbs. Plant 1 also produces the more exotic metals such as various grades of stainless steel. With the recent addition of two (2) induction furnaces, Plant 1 now produces exotic alloys such as Hastelloy, and Duplex. Plant 1 has both thermal and attrition sand reclamation systems for better casting quality and to reduce Southwest Steel's waste stream.

In the spring of 1999, Plant 1 started the manufacture of steel castings on a new Nobake molding system. This new system was designed to allow for increased casting production capacity, more flexible scheduling, and to reduce the load on the Nobake facilities in Plant 2. To support the Nobake system, additional core making machines and the associated support equipment, gas generator and fume scrubber, have also been added.

Currently, the maximum casting size which can be produced at Southwest Steel is 4,500 lbs. in the Plant 2 facility. With the additions of both Thermal and Attrition sand reclamation systems in Plant 2, Southwest Steel is now able to, not only, reduce the waste leaving the facility, but also improve the quality of the castings that are produced.

Other recent improvements to the Plant 2 facilities, such as the addition of a third shot blast and a building expansion of the furnace department, allow for continuous manufacturing operations.

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