Huron Casting, Inc. was founded based upon the vision of Leroy Wurst. Leroy began in the foundry industry over 50 years ago when his family tiling business made the decision to make their own parts for trenching equipment. This was the beginning of a small family foundry. In 1976 Leroy followed his dream and made the decision to build Huron Casting which today is the largest shell molded steel foundry in the world.
1976 – Huron Casting shell mold facility founded with 38,000 ft2
1981 - 1994 - major plant expansions
1982 – Continuous Belt Furnace with Q/T
1986 – Thermal Sand Reclamation System
1988 – Axis Machining, Inc. founded
1992 – Axis Machining locates to current location with 40,000 ft2
1998 –Pouring line B completed giving shell capability up to 500 lbs.
1999 – Other plant expansions completed bringing total square footage to 310,000.
1999 – Arenac Casting, Inc. founded with 40,000 ft2
2007 - Suzhou Huron Manufacturing Co. Ltd. founded in Fenhu China 500,000 ft2 construction completed in 2011.
2008 - Blue Diamond Steel Casting founded. Construction completed on 208,000 ft² building with capability of producing shell mold castings up to 2,200 pounds and no-bake castings up to 12,000 pounds.
2009 - Blue Chip Machining founded with 97,000 ft2
2011 – Major Expansions BDS - 175,000 ft² Storage Facility – 100,000 ft2
2016 - Axis Machining expanded by 27,000 ft2
Current - Over 1.5 million square feet of manufacturing space with capacity approaching 100,000 tons yearly.
Major technological achievements over the years –
1976 - Shot backed shell molding systems
1986 - Robotic cutoff and grinding of castings
2006 - Development of large continuous roller - high temperature heat treat furnaces
2008 - Use of 100% ceramic sand for large shell mold and no-bake castings
2012 - State of the art X-ray facility
2016 - Vacuum Degassing
Leroy Wurst – Founder and CEO