(Tell City, IN) June 23, 2016 — Waupaca Foundry, a Hitachi Metals group company, has been awarded 2016 Large Business of The Year by Perry County Chamber of Commerce. Operating in Tell City, Indiana, the gray and ductile iron foundry was recognized for its business practices and contributions to the community. Over 155 business professionals and community leaders gathered on June 21, 2016 at The Schergens Center to recognize award nominees and recipients.
At its 15th annual awards banquet, Perry County Chamber of Commerce announced the large, small, entrepreneur and non-profit businesses of the year. Accomplishments and the impact Perry County businesses have made on the community were recognized. The Chamber cited Waupaca Foundry’s commitment to the community, including its financial and in-kind support to public and technical schools, as well as countless local charities, events and fundraisers benefiting the enrichment of Perry County residents and businesses alike.
To be eligible for an award, businesses must have a strong presence in the County, possess sound business strategies and practices, and show leadership and community contributions among others. Criteria for the Large Business of the Year include:
- Demonstrate positive social and/or economic impact on the region;
- Exemplify civic community leadership role;
- 25+ employees.
“Waupaca Foundry has changed Perry County for the better in many ways in over the past 20 years, said Mary Roberson, superintendent for Perry Central Community School. “As a community we are fortunate for their generosity, but equally important is Waupaca’s attitude of common sense solutions and ways to solve local challenges. It is particularly fitting that Waupaca Foundry is honored during this, their 20th anniversary year.
Accepting the award for Waupaca Foundry, Plant Manager Bruce Tesch said, “It’s an honor to be named Large Business of the Year from the Perry County Chamber. Waupaca Foundry drives to be the industry leader in iron castings. But, it’s our passion to give back to our community and this award is testament to that. Each and every time an opportunity presents itself, we respond with, ‘Yes, how can we help.’ Our achievements depend on this community working together.”
Waupaca Foundry, headquartered in Waupaca, Wis., has operated in Tell City, Indiana since 1997. To meet customer growth and demand, construction of the Tell City ductile and gray iron foundry began in the fall of 1995. Today, Waupaca Foundry employs 4,400 in the U.S. The Tell City foundry operation employs 960 full-time workers, more than twice than what was projected when operations began in 1996. Today, the average annual payroll exceeds $65 million in Perry County and surrounding communities.