Xenia Foundry Installs Sand Reclamation System June 2011
Xenia Foundry completed the second phase of the nobake molding renovation by installing a Sand Reclamation System. Finding ways to recycle and reuse materials is a crucial part of sustainable manufacturing. Xenia Foundry wanted to maximize the life of the natural resources used in the casting process, and molding sand is an important material.
In reclamation, the goal is the removal of accumulated resin binder coatings from the sand grains and to further remove excessive fines, dust, and other impurities. The equipment in the new system includes a shakeout/attrition mill, a bucket elevator, a classifier, a pneumatic sand transporter, a receiving silo, and a dust collector.
The reclamation unit reduces new sand purchases, binder purchases, sand disposal costs, and new sand storage.
Outstanding Achievement Award from the Gorman-Rupp Company January 2010
|Xenia Foundry received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Gorman-Rupp Company. In the picture, Aleks Huston and Bob Huston stand with a plaque that reads: "This award represents your achievement as our best jobbing foundry in the areas of delivery, quality, and price as measured in 2009 on our supplier scorecard." Xenia Foundry has been a long-time casting supplier to the Gorman-RuppCompany of Mansfield, Ohio.|
Xenia Foundry celebrates 90th Anniversary 2010
This year Xenia Foundry is celebrating the 90th anniversary in business. In 1920, Xenia Foundry poured its first gray iron castings for a growing industrial market in the roaring twenties. Ward Huston, great-grandfather of current president Aleks Huston, raised $33,800 of capital to start the foundry at the current location in Xenia, OH. The Great Depression took a toll on all manufacturing, but the Foundry survived. By the late 1940's, business was on an upswing and Xenia Foundry added production space, people, and new equipment. The experimental pouring of ductile iron was done in 1962. In 1974, a devastating tornado hit Xenia Foundry and the surrounding area. The destruction was extensive and the rebuilding took 5-1/2 months to complete, but the Foundry survived. Loyal employees, customers, and suppliers were steadfast in their support. During the 1980's, greensand molding capacity increased and electric coreless induction melting was installed. Tom Huston, second generation owner, retired and son Bob Huston took over the operation. NoBake (airset) coremaking began in 1992 and soon after, nobake moldmaking commenced. By 2000, Xenia Foundry was producing about 1500 tons of gray and ductile iron castings annually in a 42,000 sq.ft. facility. In 2008, Aleks Huston became the 4th generation of the Huston family to manage Xenia Foundry. A major installation of NoBake molding and material handling equipment was undertaken in 2009. Today, Xenia Foundry is a premier small jobbing foundry producing quality iron castings for a select group of specialty equipment manufacturers in the United States.
Xenia Foundry Upgrades Nobake Molding 10/01/09
Xenia Foundry has completed the first phase of a major upgrade to NoBake Molding. Rotalift greensand molding was discontinued with all work in the 35 to 300-lb casting range to be run on the new molding line. Nobake (airset) molds are now being produced with a 300-lb/min High Speed Continuous Mixer with dual sand blend. The mold halves are conveyed to an eight station carousel which feeds a rollover/draw machine. Next, molds are finished and assembled before being moved by a manipulator to pouring pallets. The benefits of the new molding line are already being realized with reduced variables in sand quality, simplified moldmaking, closer to net shape castings, reduced grinding and finishing, less wear to patterns, and better yield per mold. The NoBake expansion has positioned Xenia Foundry to supply customers with higher quality gray and ductile iron castings.
Xenia Foundry Receives Chamber of Commerce Industrial Award 4/8/2008
Xenia Foundry and Machine Co., the recipient of the Dodds Monuments Industrial Award, has been a leading business in the Xenia community and in the same location, for more than 88 years. Family-owned and managed since 1920 (through four generations), the company has supported community programs and events, giving of their time and money to help build a stronger community. They have been a long-time Partner in Education with Xenia Community Schools, and have continued their educational focus by supporting various trade groups dedicated to advancing their industry through education. They have been active in the Xenia Industrial Roundtable, promoting Xenia as a place to do business.
During the past year, this company has been very active in the Greene County Safety Council, a partnership between the Xenia Chamber and the Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation. Company management and owners encouraged Safety Director Chris Hale to serve on the steering committee and act as program chairman. His active participation has allowed the new Safety Council to grow and offer timely and interesting programs that are pertinent to the bottom line of businesses throughout Greene County. They have lead by example, and in August 2007 hit a milestone when employees worked 365 consecutive days without a lost or restricted workday accident.
The company produces custom gray and ductile iron castings for specialty equipment manufacturers throughout the United States. For their continuing support of the Xenia community, the safety and well-being of their employees and dedication to working toward a stronger workforce for tomorrow, the Xenia Area Chamber of Commerce is very proud to present the 2007 Dodds Monument Industrial Award to Xenia Foundry and Machine Co., represented by Bob Huston, 3rd generation owner, and past president.