Regulations-Trace Die Cast
Carlos Hernandez of Bowling Green walks in front of a high heat furnace used to melt aluminum on Monday March 26, 2012 at Trace Die Cast. (Photo by Miranda Pederson/Daily News)
A Bowling Green company is waiting on state approval for a $2.8 million expansion.
Trace Die Cast Inc. at 140 Graham Ave. is planning to expand manufacturing space, according to Chris Guthrie, president of Trace Die Cast. Guthrie said the expansion won’t add any jobs, but it will enlarge the space for production.
“We’re currently at our full capacity for what we’re able to produce now,” Guthrie said.
The new building will be about 36,000 square feet, said Matt Gumm, executive vice president of Alliance Corp., the Glasgow company doing the construction.
Guthrie said the extra room will allow the company to manufacture more in anticipation of any future expansion. The company currently employs more than 500 people.
“We’ve been kind of at capacity for several years, so we need to expand so we can quote on future projects,” Guthrie said.
Trace Die Cast offers technology-driven high-pressure die casting solutions for the global automotive industry, according to tracediecast.com. The company focuses on aluminum castings designed for the engine, transmission and driveline components. Trace Die Cast supplies comprehensive engineering design, nonmachined castings, finished machined castings and completely assembled subcomponents.
Approval for the project is pending from the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection. Guthrie said he hopes approval will come soon enough for Alliance to start on the project within the next few months.
The department has “been great to work with; it just takes a little time,” Guthrie said.
Gumm said Alliance has done all office, warehouse and other construction work for Trace Die Cast since the manufacturing company’s inception in the late 1980s. The first production addition was in 1998. The second production addition was about 2001 or 2002, Gumm said. If the EPA approves this project, this expansion will be the third major addition Alliance has done for Trace Die Cast.
In the long term, the expanded facility will house 10 die cast machines, Gumm said.