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Stainless Foundry and Engineering
www.stainlessfoundry.com / HQ: Milwaukee / Jim Stachowiak, president: "We have been
regarded for our technological strength and our ability to pour difficult alloys into complex shapes."

Midwest

Leading
the Way

stainless foundry and
engineering is improving
its overall performance.
by janice hoppe
In an industry that continues
to struggle finding skilled workers,
Stainless Foundry and Engineering
(SFE) is making itself an attractive
option by investing in the latest technology and training. "As the foundry evolves, it needs to rely more and
more on technology to control the
processes and improve the skill sets
of the next generation foundry worker," President Jim Stachowiak says.
"We need to heavily invest in the next
generation so we can replace the skills
of our retiring workforce."
Stainless Foundry recently implemented a new ERP system providing
access to data faster which will allow
the business to focus on driving improvement in quality and lead-time.
On the engineering side of the business, it continues to invest in training and development of solidification
modeling software to provide better
tools for the next generation engineer.
After getting its start out of a oneroom foundry in 1946, the Milwaukee-based company today has become
a highly regarded manufacturer of raw
and machined castings in both sand
and investment or lost wax. Still operating out of its hometown, but now
in a 170,000-square-foot facility with
200 employees, SFE is a prominent
supplier to OEMs servicing the chemical, petrochemical, nuclear, pulp and
paper, pharmaceutical, food and dairy,
metering and military markets.
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stainless foundry is investing
in the latest technology
and training to appeal to
skilled workers.

"Quality is defined by our customers as getting a defect-free casting
that meets their technical requirements," Stachowiak notes. "In general, the casting process has a lot of
opportunities for failures and inherent defects associated with it. Most
castings will have some level of defects depending on the alloy. Our engineers ensure the defects are locked
into areas of the casting that get removed after further processing. Our
customers evaluate our quality based
on the results after machining the
casting. When they aren't finding any
internal defects and the product performs to their specification, then the
product meets their requirements."
SFE specializes in corrosion-resistant, high heat and wear-resistant
steel, stainless steel and high alloy
parts. The company will ship more
than two million pounds of castings

this year, produced in weights ranging
from grams to 2,800 pounds.
"Sand and investment casting are
two different manufacturing techniques under one roof," Stachowiak
says. "We are a one-stop shop for customers. Historically, we have been
highly regarded for our technological
strength and our ability to pour difficult alloys into complex shapes. We
provide a service that a lot of foundries aren't capable of doing."

Improving Performance
"The ownership team brought me
in to contemporize the manufacturing processes," Stachowiak explains.
"Typically, the industry has been reluctant to change and has the mindset
that there is a certain way things are
done. I started looking at how we can
improve overall performance to satisfy customers."


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