Wolf Administration: Historic Foundry Expands in Columbia County
March 05, 2020
Governor Tom Wolf announced that Benton Foundry, Inc., an iron casting company, will expand its operations and production capacity at its facility in Benton, Columbia County, which will support the combined retention and creation of 304 full-time jobs.
“It’s special to not only witness but support a company that has been a staple in Northeast Pennsylvania as it continues to grow,” said Gov. Wolf. “Benton Foundry is a company that has achieved success throughout many years of operation, and, as the company evolves, it continues to bring new career opportunities and better services to Pennsylvanians and consumers alike.”
Benton Foundry established itself in Northeast Pennsylvania in the 1950s and, by 1975, was capable of pouring 22 tons of iron daily. Today, Benton Foundry’s state-of-the-art, fully automated facility pours 170 tons of iron daily and anticipates being able to increase its capacity to up to 225 tons per day after expanding. Benton Foundry will expand its core pouring room and cleaning and finishing areas. The company has committed to investing more than $21 million in the project and create at least 40 new jobs over the next three years.
“Benton Foundry has prospered by pushing into harder-to-make castings, which has made core assembly an integral part of our success and growth as we double the size of this portion of the foundry,” said Tim Brown, vice president of Benton Foundry. “We feel fortunate to partner with world-renowned ergonomics and industrial engineering professors from Penn State University, in addition to the Governor’s Action Team, whose work reflects tangible results that will provide sustenance for the continued growth of our operation.”
The company received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development for the project, which includes a $150,000 Pennsylvania First Grant and $40,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon creation of the new jobs. The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses that are considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.
Benton Foundry has been a leader in the iron casting industry for more than 50 years and is equipped with the latest technology to identify how to make jobs easier, less expensive, and more efficient, including design reviews, 3D modeling, solidification analysis, rapid prototyping, and more.