Harrison Steel Castings Co., in Attica, Ind., is investing in new machining operations to improve its finishing capability. A 29,000-sq.ft. machine shop was added, anchored by two new Mazak machine centers, allowing the steel foundry to finish castings for its present customers and to offer new services to potential ones.

“The new machine shop facility will prove vital to Harrison Steel’s continued success,” according to Wade Harrison III, v.p. - purchasing/H.R.

“There were many key factors that drove the investment,” he explained. “The new facility provides us a competitive tool with which to grow. We are able to offer more economical, high-quality steel castings to our customers. In addition, more space for operations offers more opportunity for future business.”

Harrison Steel produces castings in carbon and low- to medium-alloy steel for customers manufacturing agricultural and heavy equipment, energy systems, military applications, and mining and oil-and-gas equipment. It has approximately 750 employees at its plant in western Indiana.

The expansion project was reported to cost $9 million. The first equipment installed there is a Mazak Versatech V100 vertical machine center, supplied by Mazak Corp. and its local agent, Shelton Machinery.

“First and foremost the finish machine shop will allow for a one-stop-shop; a turnkey operation for our customers,” stated Geoffrey Curtis, Harrison Steel vice president and general manager.

“The new facility allows us the ability to provide both rough and finish machining in one shop, instead of using an off-site vendor. We have been able to offer this in the past to select customers, but now we have committed the space, equipment and manpower to offer it to everyone. This will save significantly in time and shipping costs,” Curtis continued.