The U.S. had more job openings this spring than unemployed Americans. For the first time since such record-keeping began in 2000, the number of available positions exceeded the number of job seekers, the Labor Department said Tuesday, a shift that is rippling across the economy and affecting the behavior of employers and workers.
The U.S. economy's long-running shift to services takes a pause. The U.S. job market is not in the midst of some kind of major shift back to mining, construction and manufacturing.
At Waupaca Foundry, we are committed to the well-being of our employees, their families and our surrounding communities. We have been awarding scholarships to deserving high school seniors on their achievements for more than 40 years now. We are pleased to announce this year we have awarded $39,000 in scholarships to graduates across the United States. Many of the recipients are children of employees, and all are attending a two-year or four-year college in the fall.
Waupaca Foundry and Farmers State Bank each gave $3,000 to the new Waupaca Middle School Performance Enhancement Center (PEC). The PEC is a new space next to the middle school gym with improved workout equipment to help students be healthier. The Waupaca School District is working with the Waupaca Middle School PEC Fundraising Committee to upgrade the room with proper ventilation, lighting, ceiling fans, rubberized flooring, and mirrors to aid with exercise.
As an industry leader, Waupaca Foundry depends greatly on our workforce and the ability to implement advancements in safety, quality, productivity and reliability. Our best improvement ideas and innovations come from our own team.
Eagle Scout candidate Steven Bush prepared and assembled his Eagle Scout project for downtown Athens. His project was to construct two park benches and to place them on either side of the entrance to the McMinn County Courthouse Annex. Waupaca Foundry in Etowah donated the cast iron park bench ends, which were molded, poured and finished locally.
When Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel first ran for office in 2006 he was motivated by a long list of goals. While he has achieved many of those goals, Hardel wants at least one more term to complete the work he began a dozen years ago. One of his top goals has been to increase the number of officers in the department.
Energy Manager Marco Gonzalez attended the 'Steel Slag' bill signing. Pictured left to right are: Toni Herkert, Todd Stuart, Marco Gonzalez, Jason Mugnaini, Lucas Vebber, Steve Hall, Ethan Hollenberger, Bob Venable, Rob Thompson, Senator Duey Stroebel, Evan Miller and John Soper.
Iola-Scandinavia Elementary students get ready to make fidget spinners with Waupaca Foundry workers through the Foundry in a Box program. Photo credit: Holly Neumann
In a rapidly changing environment, employers allowing their organizations to fall behind in training is no longer an option. Keeping pace with this type of change requires an ongoing investment in tra...
President Donald Trump kicked his "America First" trade policy into high gear Thursday, launching global tariffs on steel and aluminum, while signaling even more aggressive pressure on trading partners to come, especially against China. In announcing the measures, the president outlined his broader trade agenda, including rewriting existing U.S. pacts and a continuing sweeping investigation of Chinese trade practices, issuing a veiled threat that even bigger penalties are looming against Beijing.
Waupaca Foundry has put the Great Recession well into its rear view mirror as the plant here that makes iron castings for parts used in cars and trucks now employs a five-year high of 560 people. One company advantage executives cite is the use of a just-in-time supply chain that they say is unique in their industry and a cost-saver for the business.
Cautious optimism about the future of the North American Free Trade Agreement is beginning to replace the gloom and doom of recent months among auto industry leaders. Panelists at the Automotive News World Congress here put the odds of successful renegotiations between the U.S., Canada and Mexico at better than even now that President Donald Trump can show voters enough concrete successes on the economic front to pull back from his threat to scotch the deal.
The U.S. Manufacturing Reshoring survey responses will provide valuable insights into how much manufacturers offshore, what drives them to offshore and what U.S. policy changes would motivate them to reshore according to The Reshoring Initiative and PlanteMoran. Companies may participate in the U.S. Manufacturing Reshoring Study by clicking here.
In an innovative approach to addressing a workplace challenge, Waupaca Foundry worked with Fox Valley Technical College to devise a customized solution. FVTC's Business and Industry Services team is one of the state's leading providers of workplace training initiatives, serving more than 23,000 employees last year. Many of these services include training in the areas of leadership development, communications and quality, which is where the foundry sought the school's help most recently.
Doran Hardware received $1,700 in donations over and above what it cost to replace a window at his business, after it was vandalized last summer. Including at least one WFI employee. Business owner, Wally Doran said he did not know the man, who told him he works at Waupaca Foundry. The funds are going to benefit elementary students in Waupaca.
Employee wellness took a charitable turn in this season of giving at Waupaca Foundry. Employees logged steps in the Waupaca Gives Back Steps Challenge and the foundry in turn made donations to specific regional organizations. Waupaca Foundry is committed to creating a healthy workplace through programs that support individuals on the team and creating healthy communities by supporting local initiatives.
Wishing you the happiest of tidings, merriest of Christmases, and warmest of holiday seasons. Happy Holidays from all of us at Waupaca Foundry!
An automotive OEM diligently working to meet government-mandated fuel economy goals sought Waupaca Foundry to achieve its lightweighting objectives. The targeted component is a differential carrier in the powertrain on the company’s light duty trucks already in production.
Waupaca Foundry Plant Manager, Kenley Hansen (far left) and Quality Assurance Manager, Sylvia Chavez Tarlton (middle right) accept the Ford Q1 plaque in front on the newly-rasied Q1 flag. Also pictured are Ford Motor Company, Michelle Walker (middle left) and Ratan Ray (far right).
PERRY COUNTY – Efforts to promote among local students a healthy affinity for financial literacy, hard sciences, trade skills and how those fields tie into modern manufacturing received a shot in the arm Tuesday afternoon as both Perry Central and Tell City high schools were presented with $2,500 checks from Waupaca Foundry. This windfall will go to support Junior Achievement programs at the schools, which should help both teachers and students involved in the effort expand their horizons.
Waupaca Foundry earned the AFS Plant Engineering Award for its core room expansions at Plant 1 and 2/3. The award recognizes achievements in planning, installation, operation and maintenance of metalcasting equipment and processes. Click here to see this story as it appears in the October 2017 issue of Modern Casting
Twenty-eight important questions about OSHA crystalline silica rule answered.
The head of the nation's largest trade group representing manufacturers was in Milwaukee on Wednesday to talk about President Donald Trump's proposed tax plan. Jay Timmons, president and CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers was here for a NAM Executive Insight Series panel discussion where tax reform was the main topic. The panelists included Nick Pinchuk, chairman and CEO of Snap-On Inc.; Chris Mapes, chairman, president and CEO of Lincoln Electric; Tom Riordan, president and CEO of Neenah Enterprises; and Mark Schwabero, chairman and CEO of Brunswick Corp.
Mexico's main automotive industry group on Monday said U.S. content in vehicles made south of the border is far higher than Trump administration officials have argued, as Mexican auto output and exports posted robust growth in September. The comments came two days before trade negotiators from Mexico, the United States and Canada meet for a fourth round of talks on revamping the North American Free Trade Agreement in Washington.
Are robots simply utilities in a wider web of digital design and production? Or, tools for operators to execute their programs? The debate is on.
After the string of ferocious hurricanes and an 8.2 magnitude earthquake in southern Mexico, the markets assume that the destruction will produce an abundance of scrap metal that it is ready for collection and recycling. These markets hope the result will be falling prices in expectation of an oversupply. The reality is quite different.
The contest has received nominations for products made in every corner of the state. Waupaca Foundry is the nation’s largest foundry and makes gray and ductile iron castings at four foundries located in Waupaca and Marinette. The iron casting supplier’s products are used in automobiles, agricultural machinery, construction equipment, heavy trucks, rail, oil and gas and other industrial sectors.
California is spending $6 million on a campaign to revive the reputation of vocational education, and $200 million to improve the delivery of it.
America is the new manufacturing magnet -- for American and Chinese automotive investors. What counts are total manufacturing costs, and America is starting to look very competitive. China’s manufacturing cost advantage over the United States has shrunk to just 1 percent, according to a study by the Boston Consulting Group published this year. What’s going on here? America’s higher levels of automation and lower input costs (such as electricity) have triggered dramatically better productivity. UAW wage concessions are playing a role, too.
Alabama’s auto industry continues to thrive, racking up new jobs and investments in communities across the state. Last year, there were at least 68 auto projects, for an estimated total of 3,848 jobs and $907.1 million in new capital investment. New projects announced this year push that total past $1 billion and add hundreds of more jobs.
How does a manufacturing company leader solve the skills gap? By emphasizing the only capability that truly matters. Worry less about your current position opening, and more about finding someone who is interested in learning and growing.
The Trump administration released its road map for remaking the North American Free Trade Agreement that aims to preserve “Buy America” provisions and reduce the U.S. trade deficit, but steps back from some of President Donald Trump’s most fiery campaign rhetoric on trade. Faced with a drop in political support, the White House is focusing this week on “Made in America” products in an effort to shore up support among voters skeptical of free trade and globalization. The U.S., Mexico and Canada may now begin talks in 30 days. U.S. officials say they would like to finish the talks by January, before the Mexican presidential campaign and U.S. midterm elections heat up.
Globalization, a seemingly unstoppable trend until last year, suddenly looks less inexorable as President Donald Trump moves to put "America First," and the United Kingdom leaves the European Union. These abrupt policy shifts are forcing executives to rethink strategies based on global economic integration, particularly cost-efficiency initiatives that rely on outsourcing or offshoring business processes.
Waupaca Foundry recently awarded $36,000 in scholarships across the U.S. and $9,000 to Tennessee Valley area graduating high school seniors. Two are children of Waupaca Foundry employees. The iron casting foundry awarded six scholarships to students attending either a four-year college or two-year technical school.
On June 10, 2017 students from the University of Wisconsin—Stevens Point and artists from across the Midwest created art from raw materials donated from Waupaca Foundry. Contemporary sculptures were created for the Stevens Point Sculpture Park during the Summer Celebration Iron Pour community event.
Adoption rates for air disc brakes (ADB) have climbed more than 100 percent in the last five years and show no signs of slowing down with penetration reaching 10 percent in 2013 and expected to close this year at approximately 21 percent.
Even as the number of manufacturing jobs has fallen, many Wisconsin companies say they’re having a hard time filling positions that increasingly call for advanced skills.
Waupaca Foundry is taking the lead in ensuring a sustainable future through our sustainability initiatives in energy conservation, water reduction, air pollution control, and sand reuse/recycling.
Finding ways to partner Waupaca High School students with area businesses is not a new idea. However, it now has a new name. The school district is calling it Waupaca Works.
After decades of consideration and discussion, in March 2016 OSHA issued a final rule to minimize workers’ exposure to respirable crystalline silica. The rule became effective on June 23, 2016, but most of its components will not be enforced until June 23, 2018. That means sand-casting foundries have 12 months to achieve compliance.
Pictured left to right: Purple Heart recipient and Iraqi War veteran Matt Tennessen representing Wounded Warriors In Action Foundation, Weyauwega Fremont High School FFA teacher Sandra Dykes, WFHS high school and FFA members Kyle Loehrke and Katelyn Loehrke, and Wisconsin Conservation Warden Jeff Knorr.