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​​​History 1970-1980

 

Waupaca Foundry: A legacy of getting the job done
 
The history of Wisconsin’s manufacturing sector is linked to the growth and development of one foundry originally located along the banks of the Waupaca River. What started as a regional foundry has expanded to a nationwide supplier to heavy industry with durable products designed to for the agriculture, transportation, and retail sectors.

1971

 
​​Clifford Schwenn (pictured) retired and Donald Brunner then became President of Waupaca Foundry, Inc.
 

1973

 
​​Plans to build a new plant in northeast Wisconsin were announced. Plant 4 was constructed in Marinette, WI, and specialized in processes not available in previous plants. The Marinette facility was designed to melt 12 tons per hour.​
 

1977

 
​​The Schwenn family donated the original plot of land where Pioneer Foundry was built to the City of Waupaca. The plot of land was turned into a city park.
 

1978

 
​​​Thyssen, based in Düsseldorf, Germany acquired The Budd Company.
 

 

 

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