Japan-Based Foundry Building Facility in Indiana
Kimura Foundry America will invest $8 million to build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Shelbyville, Ind. The company, a manufacturer of alloy castings for the automotive and industrial sectors, plans to break ground in October on a 35,200-square-foot plant that will house 3D-printing equipment. The facility will allow the company, a subsidiary of Japan’s Kimura Group, to produce complex castings and molds for its U.S. clients. Kimura Foundry America plans to create 20 new jobs by 2020.
New positions at the 10-acre site in Shelbyville will include casting engineers, 3D model designers, casting simulation professionals, 3D-printer operators and foundry and inspection employees.
Kimura Group employs more than 830 associates at 10 facilities across three sites in Japan and at its North American sales office near Chicago. The company uses a proprietary process for casting molds using 3D-printing technology, allowing it to manufacture products including stamping die castings and machine and industrial tool castings used in automotive engine parts, pumps, compressors and energy components.