Release Date: March 2, 2011

Duluth Foundry Announces $10 Million Expansion

Duluth News Tribune

A $10 million expansion of a Gary-New Duluth foundry will add 30 permanent jobs, the company announced Wednesday.

In a news release, Santiago, Chile-based ME Elecmetal announced the expansion, which it said will increase production capacity in Duluth by 25 percent. Most of the new jobs will be in production, the release said.

Plant manager Bill Grau said this will be the largest capital investment in the Duluth plant since it opened in the early 1980s and would add more than $1.5 million to payroll.

The plant originally was built to serve the Iron Range but now serves all continents that have mining activity. The Duluth plant now employs 150 people.

ME Elecmetal produces high-quality iron and steel castings for customers primarily in North America, South America, Australia, Africa, Indonesia and Egypt. Its other North America foundry is in Tempe, Ariz.

Construction will begin this month and be completed by this fall, the release said. Boldt Construction will be the general contractor and Krech, Ojard & Associates the architectural consultant for the expansion.