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Akron Foundry Co. / Akron Electric Inc. / HQ: Akron, Ohio / Employees: 200 / Products: Sand casting, permanent mold casting, explosion-proof enclosures, junction boxes, control panels, and meter and instrument housings / Bob Sik, vice president: “Quality is our No. 1 feature.” Founded on Quality akron foundry and akron electric have bright futures, thanks to their commitment to quality and customer satisfaction. by kathryn jones akron foundry produces components for a variety of markets, such as medical, fire fighting and trucking. This year, the 200 employees who work for Akron Foundry Co. have more to celebrate than just its 60th anniversary. Founded in 1950 by George Ostich, the Akron, Ohiobased company has evolved from a small, family run foundry into a comprehensive manufacturer of sand casting, permanent mold casting and lowpressure permanent mold casting, with the capability to produce 2,000pound sand castings and 300-pound low-pressure permanent molds. Its sister company, Akron Electric Inc. grew from a couple of people in 1981 to nearly 50 employees today. Akron Foundry runs an 80,000square-foot manufacturing facility in Akron and a separate machining facility a mile away. Although the company is a custom manufacturer, one thing that distinguishes it from other foundries, according to Vice President Bob Sik, is that it also markets its own product line, which constitutes about 60 percent of its business. Akron Foundry produces transformer bases for the highway lighting industry, subcomponent parts for CAT scan and PET scan machines, castings for the fire fighting and trucking industry and custom requirements, as well. It is the main supplier of aluminum castings for Akron Electric, which uses the material to make explosionproof enclosures, junction boxes, control panels, and meter and instrument housing for a global client base, according to Akron Electric Vice President of Sales Michael Pancoe Sr., Ostich’s son-in-law. “I think 2009 was a good year for the electric division,” he says. “We designed, developed and manufactured a complete SPRING 2010

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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010
Global Strategies
Cost Concerns
Growth Opportunities
Continuous Improvement
Business Value
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Manufacturing Today - Spring 2010