History 2010 to Current | Waupaca Foundry

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​​​History 2010-Current

Waupaca Foundry: A legacy of getting the job done


​Production resumes at Plant 6 foundry in Etowah, TN; adds 20,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing space for ductile iron production.


Private equity firm, ​​KPS Capital Partners acquires ThyssenKrupp Waupaca. Upon closing, the Company was renamed Waupaca Foundry, Inc.



Waupaca Foundry is acquired by Hitachi Metals and joins its Functional Components division. The post-merger integration creates a global leader that is well-positioned to capitalize on favorable megatrends in the industry by bringing together complementary product offerings, outstanding development capabilities, and leading technology that serve high-growth areas.




President and COO, Mike Nikolai is named CEO. Thirty-five-year veteran, Gary Gigante retires.




Operations expand into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula with the opening of a new facility located in Ironwood to process iron castings produced at its Waupaca, Wis. plants. Construction began in early 2019.




Waupaca Foundry opens its second machining operation adjacent to its Plant 2/3 gray iron foundry in Waupaca, Wisconsin. The plant CNC machines brake components for the commercial vehicle market.