BCI Diamond Anniversary CelebrationPosted on May 7, 2014
By Amy Wenger
A diamond has been known to represent a milestone of 75 years. Indeed, Bremen Castings has emerged as just such a crown jewel along the course of its legendary history. The company is inviting the community to celebrate this prestigious status alongside them during a day of commemoration on Monday, May 12. From 1 to 4 p.m., the facility will host tours of its vast complex at the intersection of Baltimore and Dewey streets, including the buildings which house the foundry, the wellness center, the machine shop, and other amenities. Following the tours, guests will be welcomed back to sample refreshments beneath the big tent and share stories with other visitors.
Bremen Castings was originated in 1939 as Bremen Gray Iron Foundry and launched by a trio of local businessmen, Ellis Brown, Charles W. Kling, and Harold Heckamen. From the beginning, the client list was impressive, as Clark Equipment, Ford Motor Company, and Bendix Corporation utilized the services of the establishment. In a literal testament to the enduring foundation of the industry, the first building that was encompassed into the Bremen Gray Iron Foundry complex is still in use today, with much of the hand poured cement blocks still solidified and intact.
In 1969, Bremen Gray Iron Foundry became one of the first automated facilities in the nation through the purchase of a Hunter Automated Molding Machine. Just three years later, the company opted to change its name to Bremen Castings, Incorporated. Nearly 25 years later, by 1996, BCI unveiled the machine shop and began pouring ductile iron, and within four more years, became ISO 9002 registered through Underwriters Laboratory.
Several new additions were soon to follow, including in-house pattern shop operations in 2009, and an expansion of the machine shop into a second plant facility in 2010. An on-site wellness center was presented in 2012, and in this current year, BCI achieved ISO/TS 16949 registration status. Also recently, the company logged a 1000 day continuous streak of no lost time on account of workplace accidents.
Today, BCI employs over 200 people and has a roster of customers featuring John Deere, Veeder-Root, Haas Automation, Eaton, Toro Wheelhorse, and Zoeller Company. The company has earned over $40 million in annual sales, and is environmentally conscientious by using and disposing of 92 percent of its recyclable materials.
The current officers of BCI include James E. Brown, Chairman of the Board and CEO; JB Brown, President; Geoff Meester, Vice-President; Chad Heathco, CFO; and Maryln Brown, Corporate Secretary. Rounding out the executive team is Brad Harris, Director of Operations; and Steve Pfefferle, Director of Machining.