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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.


​After successive additions, Waupaca Foundry was melting 78 tons per day with 150 employees.


​​Waupaca Foundry poured 30 tons of gray iron per day at new east-side molding plant (now Plant 2). By the eleventh year, the company had grown to 200 employees and poured 100 tons of gray iron castings per day.


​​Waupaca Foundry purchases and installs the first automatic vertical molding line at its Plant 1 foundry in Waupaca, WI. It is the first of its kind in the United States.


​​​Phillip W. Scott, President of The Budd Company in Troy, Michigan, announced that his company had acquired Waupaca Foundry, Inc. The move made Waupaca Foundry, Inc., a wholly-owned, independently operated subsidiary within The Budd Company automotive division.


​​​An addition to the industrial park plant of Waupaca Foundry doubles iron casting production capacity at the plant. A conversion creates a 2-cupola operation and the plant becomes what is known today as Plant 2/3.



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