Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Intermet Foundry Gets New Life; 'A Major Win for the New River'
Virginia Casting Industries plans to create 300 new jobs and invest $9.1 million to establish a ductile iron components manufacturing operation in Radford at the former Intermet New River Foundry facility.
Virginia Casting Industries is a new company owned by the majority owners of Cadillac Casting Inc. Managers and employees laid off by Intermet will be re-hired by Virginia Casting.
Governor McDonnell, who spoke at the announcement, said, “After a significant loss in jobs caused by the closing of Intermet’s Radford facilities, first in 2003 and then this past December, this is a major win for the New River Valley. Intermet made cast-metal components for automotive and commercial vehicle manufacturers, so the facility is fully equipped to meet Virginia Casting Industries’ current needs and allow room for expansion. Not only will this project bring 300 jobs but many of the employees displaced by Intermet’s closing will again be employed.”
As an industry leader in ductile iron castings, Cadillac Casting, Inc. (CCI), headquartered in Michigan, has gained a reputation for developing and manufacturing superior products. Quality and reliability are the company’s top priorities, and CCI strives to keep its products and facility unparalleled in the marketplace for technology advancements and excellence.
"We are extremely excited with our latest investment in Virginia,” said Dan Minor, President & CEO, Virginia Casting Industries. “We were amazed at the support and cooperation of everyone, including the Governor's staff, the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) and the regional office of the Environmental Protection Agency. We thank both DEQ and the Environmental Protection Agency for their help in obtaining the $250,000 stimulus grant for a Targeted Brownfields Assessment at Radford. Brownfields personnel at Virginia DEQ spent 10 months convincing EPA that the grant would help enhance the marketability of the Radford property.
"EPA’s grant made a real difference in our decision to purchase the foundry. There is no doubt, the state of Virginia is committed to attracting investment and is why the state has been named ‘Best State for Business’ for the past four years. We were overwhelmed with support from everyone from the City, State and Federal Government. This is a great facility, with great people.
"The facility and the City has gone through many hardships over the past 10 years, concluding with the plant closure this past December. We are honored to be part of a positive story that we believe these people, city and state so much deserve.”
The Virginia Economic Development Partnership worked with the City of Radford to secure the project for Virginia. Governor McDonnell approved a $600,000 grant from the Governor’s Opportunity Fund to assist Radford with the project. The Virginia Department of Business Assistance will provide training assistance through the Virginia Jobs Investment Program. The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality and the New River Valley Economic Development Alliance also provided support for this project.
“We have a great workforce here in the New River Valley that needs these living wage jobs,” said the Radford Economic Development Director Basil Edwards. “After the closing of the foundry in December of last year we knew that finding another operator to take over the facility was going to be a challenge. Being able to reopen this factory so quickly is great news for the local economy and we are excited to welcome Virginia Casting Industries to our industrial community.”