History 1970-1980 | Waupaca Foundry

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​​​Waupaca foundry History 1970-1980

Waupaca Foundry: A legacy of getting the job done


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


​​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.​


​​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.


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