COLUMBIA CITY —Pyrotek Inc. recently announced plans to manufacture in Columbia City its newly-patented technology for filtering molten aluminum.
The new line will utilize lasers and robotics to produce filters for the foundry industry. The company will invest in new equipment for the Columbia City facility, which will increase production capacity, create six new jobs and retain 58 jobs.
“The selection of Pyrotek Columbia City as the manufacturing location for Pyrotek’s new molten aluminum filtration technology is a testament to the sustained excellent performance of our Columbia City team,” Dave Lee, U.S. Division manager at Pyrotek, said in a statement. “We are excited about bringing this new technology to market and we appreciate the support we continue to receive from our customers, our local workforce and others like the Whitley County EDC.”
The Whitley County Redevelopment Commission and Whitley County Council approved a $15,000 training grant at the request of the Whitley County Economic Development Corp.
“We are pleased that Pyrotek has chosen its Columbia City facility for the introduction of its new advanced manufacturing technology,” Whitley County EDC President Jon Myers said in a statement. “It is a strong vote of confidence in the expertise or our local workforce.”
Pyrotek is a global company headquartered in Spokane, Wash. It has more than 60 locations worldwide. For over 60 years, Pyrotek has supplied aluminum, foundry, glass, zinc, steel, noise control and hearth customers with performance improving technical products, equipment and consulting services. Pyrotek’s Columba City location manufactures filtration and temperature sensing technologies for the global molten metal processing industries.
“The county is pleased provide assistance that will directly help to upgrade the skills of our local workers and allow them to train for the ever-increasing number of good paying jobs in advanced manufacturing,” said Whitley County Commissioner George Schrumpf.