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The Big Goal
As the largest steel foundry in North America, Columbus Castings is moving steel like nobody’s business for some of the biggest names in business.
Columbus, Ohio Columbus Castings President Richard Ruebusch brought. 14 years of foundry experience to his current position..
“Our goal is simple. It’s to be the best large steel casting company in the world.”
// RICHARD RUEBUSCH, president
It seemed like a good idea at the time — ship work overseas where labor was cheap and manufacture products at less cost in order to be more competitive in the marketplace. And for a number of
Columbus Castings. www.columbuscastings.com | Revenues: $150 million | HQ: Columbus, Ohio | Employees: 900 Specialty: Steel castings
years, it was the popular choice. A choice ings like the ones produced by Columbus that hurt American industry, weakened Castings presented two other major the U.S. economy and eliminated jobs. drawbacks: But there was a ﬂip side to it. • It was expensive — and the high Shipping jobs overseas meant a loss of shipping costs considerably repersonal touch. You couldn’t assure your duced proﬁt margins; customer of quality workmanship be• It took a long time — between 12 to cause you had no control over it. In fact, 14 weeks. A serious disadvantage you had no idea of the qualiﬁcations or for the fast-paced and unforgiving even the identities of those doing the competitive market of American work. And shipping massive steel castbusiness;
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