Rotary Forger Finishes Expansion

Dec. 10, 2009
Forgitron adds in-house machining for aluminum wheels
Forged aluminum wheel manufacturer Forgitron Technologies reported recently it completed a new equipment installation at its Camden, SC, plant, and indicated the second phase of its long-term growth program is on track for completion this year. Forgitron is a rotary forging operation that produces commercial truck wheels according to a proprietary technology for OEMs, contract manufacturers, and the aftermarket. It also has on-site heat-treating. The company said its new equipment adds in-house machining for finished wheels, and complete its plans to establish “the world's most technologically advanced aluminum wheel manufacturing plant.” "As we continue to introduce new products, gain market share and enter new markets, it's important that we continue to strengthen our internal resources, " stated Todd Latouf, Forgitron Technologies president. The first phase of the expansion involved the plant start up in 2006. Longer term, Latouf said Phase Three calls for more production lines at Camden, to increase forged wheel capacity in anticipation of an economic recovery. Latouf reported that Forgitron's financial backers remain confident of their investment and committed to the project. "They like the wheel business and are committed to helping us grow in the aluminum wheel segment, where we see the greatest opportunities,” he said. “As we continue to meet our customers' needs for aluminum wheels with superior strength, reduced weight and outstanding appearance, we will achieve our short- and long-term goals by continuing to focus on our fundamental mission - providing best-in-class aluminum wheels at competitive prices,"