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US - Chrysler’s Etobicoke Casting Adding New Furnaces

Chrysler’s Etobicoke Casting Plant, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, has placed an order for several new melting and dosing furnaces to feed its new aluminum crossmember casting operation.

Chrysler announced last August it would invest $27.2 million in the 300,000-sq.-ft. Etobicoke diecasting facility to produce front and rear crossmembers (structural components in vehicle suspension systems that transfer and filter road loads from control arms to vehicle bodies) for future Chrysler vehicles starting in the third quarter of 2011.

The dosing furnaces will be provided by Støtek Danmark ApS, Vojens, Denmark, and Modern Equipment Co. Inc., Port Washington, Wis., will build two large tower furnaces under a design license to Støtek. Modern will also supply material handling and control systems to provide a constant supply of raw metal to the furnaces.

Modern Equipment produces aluminum melting furnaces. ladles and other molten metal handling systems; Støtek makes electric resistance and fossil fueled furnaces for melting, holding and dosing aluminum. The Etobicoke contract is the first major contract the two companies have sold and will build under the license agreement they signed in 2010.

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