Noblesville Foundry, ID Castings, looks to be a strong community partner as it rebuilds and reinvests in Noblesville
ID Castings bought the 13.9-acre Noblesville Foundry in October 2013, resurrecting a plant that closed after the 2008 recession. Over the past five years, ID Castings has invested $50 million and retrofitted the foundry in addition to restarting production at its facility on South 8th Street. In 2014, they had 17 employees and today they have 103. They are planning for a 20% growth in 2020.
By bringing back manufacturing jobs in an industry that is on a steady growth track, ID Castings has established itself as a reliable employer in the growing Noblesville workforce.
The plant has been at its current location since 1890. In the early days, foundry workers handcrafted cast iron bathtubs. Today, they use state of the art automated melt and molding equipment to produce iron castings commonly used in the automotive, construction and heavy equipment industries. In 2019, they are adding new technology & robotic equipment; working with Noblesville’s RZ Automation.
This reinvestment in Noblesville has helped add factory jobs and revitalize a manufacturing sector that was in sharp decline between 2008 and 2010. According to the 2018 Metalcasting Industry Forecast and Trends report published by the American Foundry Society, the U.S. metalcasting industry sales were expected to total around $33 billion in 2018. Indiana ranks 8th nationwide in number of metalcasting facilities, with 72.
General Manager, Lynn Funk, is committed to the Noblesville Community and wants ID Castings to be an elite employer in the city. ID Castings vision is to be a place people love to work. One of his priorities is to continue to improve the attractiveness of the building structure and grounds. He looks forward to continual building and technological upgrades in the future. The Noblesville Chamber is excited that ID Casting has joined their team as a Corporate Presenting Partner in 2019 and they look forward to the many collaborations with ID Casting in the new year.