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Alliance Casting hiring workers to reopen railroad castings plant

August 19, 2011
By LARRY SHIELDS , Salem News

ALLIANCE - Alliance Casting Co. LLC is hiring foundry and maintenance workers.

Earlier this year, American Railcar Industries Inc., a joint venture partner with Ohio Castings, said plans were approved to restart production at the railcar castings facility at 1001 E. Broadway.

Applications are being accepted and processed through One Stop in Lisbon and the Employment Source in Canton.

The company is part of Ohio Castings Co. LLC which one-third owned by the Missouri-based American Railcar Industries Inc.

The company manufactures railroad equipment, railroad support equipment and systems, railway and tramway machinery and equipment, locomotives and electric trolleys, railway and tramway cars including side frames, bolsters, couplers and yokes for the North American market.

American Railcar Industries Inc. President and CEO James Cowan said, "We are very excited to announce the plan to resume production at Ohio Castings.

"The decision to restart production was based primarily on strengthening demand for new railcars."

Cowan said the decision will benefit the company as railcar production increases in the second half of 2011.

Alliance Castings provides ARI and other partners access to railcar castings at a favorable price.

"Railcar castings, which historically have been subject to supply constraints, are a critical railcar component," said Cowan.

Ohio Castings was temporarily idled in June 2009 due to weak market demand.

During the downturn the company laid off 394 people; 328 union and 66 non-union employees.

"Over the past several months, ARI (American Railcar Industries Inc.) has seen an increase in new railcar quotes, orders and backlog," Cowan said.

"In response to the increase in demand, Ohio Castings is expected to begin shipping castings during the third quarter of 2011," he said.

Unionized workers are represented by United Steelworkers Local 2211 and the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers.

Foundry workers are hired in at entry level or with experience at $12.50 an hour, while maintenance people must have seven years of verifiable experience and start at $20.05 an hour.

The company works two shifts and four, 10-hour days, Sunday through Wednesday.

Alliance Castings stands on a 26-acre site of the former American Steel Foundries that closed in 2002.

Larry Shields can be reached at lshields@salemnews.net

 
 

 

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