HISTORY

Established in 1922
Originally founded as Cadillac Malleable Iron in 1922, the facility initially utilized pig iron produced by a neighboring plant, Cummer & Diggins. The foundry changed hands in 1972 when purchased by Cast Metal Industries (CMI), founded by Ray Witt in 1958. It wasn’t until 1987 that the ductile iron casting began here in Cadillac.

In 1990, the foundry was completely renovated and the following equipment and systems were added:
• Spo Molding with weighted copes and hardened flasks
• Automatic pouring unit
• 84” water wall cupola
• Waste water treatment facilities
• New sand system
• Core making facilities
• (3) 65 Ton Asea furnaces
• 90 minutes of casting cooling
In 1999 the foundry was purchased by Hayes Lemmerz International, Inc., headquartered in Northville, Michigan.

A new chapter began in 2005 when the foundry was sold and renamed Cadillac Casting, Inc (CCI). Among the purchasers and staff are a unique group of individuals that have spent their entire careers with this same organization. They are not only dedicated, but enthusiastic about future growth and opportunity for CCI.


BIRTH OF CASTINGS

200 B.C. - Oldest iron castings produced in Han Dynasty
1646 - America’s first iron foundry, Saugus Iron Works near Boston, pours the first American casting
1775 - Revolutionary patriot, Paul Revere, who operated a bell-and- fittings foundry in Boston, rides from Boston to Lexington warning colonists of the British invasion
1776 - Foundrymen sign the American Declaration of Independence (Charles Carroll, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross, Philip Livingston and Stephen Hopkins)
1850 - The drop-bottom cupola is developed
1903 - The Wright Brothers’ first successful machine-powered aircraft contains a cast aluminum block and crank case
1918 - The first fully automated foundry in Rockford, IL casts hand grenade hulks for the U.S. Army
1924 - Henry Ford sets production record of 1 million autos in 132 days. Auto manufacturing will grow to consume one-third of casting demand in the U.S.
1948 - First ductile casting produced at Jamestown Malleable Iron Company, Jamestown, NY
1949 - Diesel engine parts become ductile iron’s first commercial castings
1951 - Ford Motor Company converts 100% of its crankshaft production to ductile iron
1995 - CMI International has major automotive application breakthrough by developing semi-permanent mold equipment and process for upper intake manifold
 

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