AWB honors six employers for overall excellence, innovation
OLYMPIA —The Association of Washington Business, the state’s largest and oldest business association, presented its top awards to six employers Wednesday at the third-annual Evening of Excellence.
A total of 18 finalists from throughout the state were recognized at the formal event at Benaroya Hall in Seattle. The six award winners were recognized for.....read more
Wagstaff Named Finalist for State Award
WAGSTAFF NOMINATED FOR EMPLOYER OF THE YEAR
SPOKANE VALLEY, WASHINGTON, USA, November 20, 2018 - Wagstaff, Inc., was recently named a finalist for the “Employer of the Year” award, a distinguished recognition of a Washington State business who has implemented innovative job retention, creation, benefits, and compensation plans that foster a thriving work environment. The awards are presented by the Association of Washington Business, and the winners will be announced the Annual Evening of Excellence, November 28 in Seattle.
With more than 400 employees worldwide, Wagstaff strives to be an employer of choice in the Spokane area, in Washington State, and in the global aluminum industry. This is done through new programs recently implemented to bolster the employee experience at the company. These programs include options for employee health insurance, financial and physical wellness, continuing education, professional development, and community involvement.
The employee wellness program includes incentives to help employees make healthy choices in lifestyle such as stress management and regular exercise. An all-new onsite gym with treadmills, stair climbers, cycles, and weightlifting equipment was added in 2016. The company hired a professional personal trainer and offers incentives to participate in onsite fitness classes. Employees can reduce their healthcare costs by reporting workouts, engaging in wellness activities, and improving personal biometrics. This program has contributed to the overall health of the company by lowering employee and employer costs and by increasing the wellbeing of employees.
Wagstaff has been a long supporter of manufacturing careers at its plants in Spokane Valley, Washington and Hebron, Kentucky. Partnerships with local skills centers and high schools have begun an ongoing conversation in the community around careers in Manufacturing and STEM. Good careers are available in the manufacturing sector, and Wagstaff is making youth awareness and preparation for these careers a priority by hosting open houses, sponsoring events and facilitating Wagstaff manufacturing specialists to participate in local education at the high school and college levels.
A high-quality manufacturing and STEM workforce is vital to Washington State and to the Spokane and surrounding areas and is a priority for Wagstaff, Inc. It takes a multi-faceted strategy to deliver high-tech, industrial systems to customers in 58 countries from Spokane, Washington, and a cornerstone to that strategy is the people of Wagstaff. Wagstaff is fully committed to working alongside the local community on workforce development and education efforts, and will continually strive to create an exceptional employee experience.
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About Wagstaff – www.wagstaff.com
Wagstaff, Inc. is a 72-year-old, family company that builds custom industrial equipment for aluminum producers. Wagstaff’s core business provides customized, advanced systems to companies around the world who transform molten aluminum into solid shapes for further processing into everyday products such as cans, foil, and airplane bodies. Wagstaff offers casting machines, mold systems, process automation, molds, auxiliary equipment and technical service and support to all sizes of aluminum casting operations.
About the Association of Washington Business – www.awb.org
Formed in 1904, the Association of Washington Business is Washington’s oldest and largest statewide business association, and includes nearly 7,000 members representing 700,000 employees. AWB serves as both the state’s chamber of commerce and the manufacturing and technology association. While its membership includes major employers like Boeing, Microsoft and Weyerhaeuser, more than 90 percent of AWB members employ fewer than 100 people. More than half of AWB’s members employ fewer than 10. For more about AWB, visit www.awb.org.
Wagstaff Inc. Hosts Business AfterSchool Event for Local Students
November 1, 2018 - This week Wagstaff Inc. hosted a group of over 100 interested and engaged middle and high school students, parents, and educators at their Spokane Valley Headquarters in conjunction with Greater Spokane Incorporated’s Business AfterSchool program. The program showcases Spokane’s multiple business and industry environments while providing students, teachers, and parents a real-world glimpse into a variety of occupations.
Tours, demonstrations, and hands-on events provided participants a first-hand understanding of the varied and highly skilled career paths necessary for Wagstaff to meet the demands of the global aluminum industry and specialty manufacturing division. Eleven separate stations were setup to highlight specific tasks related to engineering, manufacturing, fabrication, assembly, programming, and inspection. Each small group rotated through the various stations where they participated and asked questions about everything from the level of education required to how much they could expect to earn.
Parents and educators alike praised the event, saying “Business After School was a great event. It was a fast-paced, engaging way to give students a lot of information about the manufacturing industry, and the different career paths available to them should they choose to go that direction!”
Community Colleges of Spokane and First Robotics League (?) participated in the event with informational booths, while representatives from Greater Spokane Incorporated and Spokane Public Schools were also present in support of the event.
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Wagstaff Makes Moves to Increase Manufacturing Efficiency
Spokane, Washington USA, February 23, 2018 - The recent purchase of a high-speed, advanced machining center is one piece of Wagstaff’s efforts to increase productivity and efficiency in its 170,000 square-foot manufacturing center in Spokane Valley, Washington.
Wagstaff’s goal to streamline machining processes prompted research into the latest capabilities of today's high-performing machine centers. That research lead the manufacturing team to the advanced five-axis machining centers built by H & H Machine Tools in Campbellfield, Australia. H & H is recognized by a number of industries as a leader in machine technology and is capable of large-format, heavy jobs as well as precision accuracy in highly-engineered products.
To maximize efficiency in operations, Wagstaff chose an H & H ULTRA5, featuring high torque motor spindles, a large Z axis for taller jobs, and custom features suited to augment the current capabilities of Wagstaff’s manufacturing facilities. Wagstaff plans to use this machine to manufacture aluminum casting molds as well as custom machining jobs.
Scott Johnson, Wagstaff’s Manufacturing Director explains, “This machine will eliminate hours of part setup and manual finishing time for every job. Compared to our current CNC machining capabilities, this has the potential to perform at least 1/3 faster.”
Wagstaff is constructing the foundation at its Spokane Valley manufacturing center for the anticipated delivery of the H & H ULTRA5. The ULTRA5 is expected to be brought online this summer.
About H & H Machine Tools - www.h-h.com.au/
H&H is an innovative engineering company that specializes in the design, engineering, manufacturing and marketing internationally of five-axis gantry milling machines.
- H & H has developed processes that represent an optimal solution for industries in aerospace, defense, precision engineering, transport, medical, and mold/die, with their high quality standards.
- H & H’s focus is on customer requirements and working to customer specification.
- H & H is recognized by aerospace companies with its leading edge technology.
About Wagstaff, Inc. – www.wagstaff.com
Wagstaff, Inc. is a 71-year-old technology and manufacturing company that provides customized, advanced aluminum direct-chill (DC) solidification solutions to rolling ingot and extrusion billet producers worldwide. Wagstaff offers casting machines, mold systems, process automation, rolling ingot tooling, extrusion billet tooling, auxiliary equipment and technical service and support to all sizes of DC aluminum casting operations in 58 countries around the globe.
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2017 Best Places to Work Inland Northwest
For the second consecutive year, Wagstaff, Inc. was named as one of the Best Places to Work Inland Northwest. The 2017 list of the Best Places to Work Inland Northwest was created by the Journal of Business and Best Companies Group.
This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize, and honor the best employers in the Inland Northwest, benefiting the region’s economy, workforce, and businesses.
To be considered for participation, companies had to fulfill the following eligibility requirements:
- Be a for-profit, not-for-profit business or government entity
- Be a publicly or privately held business
- Have a facility in the Inland Northwest region (Spokane, Pend Oreille, and Stevens counties in
Washington State; and Kootenai and Bonner counties in Idaho.)
- Have a minimum of 15 full-time or part-time employees working in the Inland Northwest
- Be in business a minimum of 1 year
Companies from across the region entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work Inland Northwest. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems, and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process, analyzed the data, and determined the final rankings.
The list-making companies will be honored at an awards ceremony on October 5 at the Spokane convention center, and the rankings will be published in the September 28th issue of the Journal of Business.
For more information on the Best Places to Work Inland Northwest program, visit www.BestPlacestoWorkINW.com
For more information on Wagstaff Products and Services, go to www.wagstaff.com
To learn more about Wagstaff Applied Technologies division, go to www.wagstaffat.com
Wagstaff Participates in Metef and Aluminium 2000
Wagstaff exhibited at Metef 2017, the event that succeeds at bringing aluminum industry professionals together from Europe and around the world in Verona, Italy. The 4-day event in June was the center of the Italian foundry and casting sectors of the aluminum industry, and was accompanied by the concurrent conference, Aluminium 2000, for the first time.
Aluminium 2000 is a technical conference that has become a critical component to aluminum producers in the region and around the world that included full breadth of content for all perspectives of the aluminum value chain. Topics in extrusion, metallurgy, recycling, logistics, and foundry made up a full schedule that did not disappoint delegates from commercial to manufacturing technology viewpoints. Adam Anderson, Research Metallugist for Wagstaff, Inc., presented the in-depth overview of Wagstaff's billet casting offerings in his paper, "The Latest in Direct Chill Capabilities from Wagstaff".
Metef captured impressions of the biennial event from Wagstaff Area Manager, Dr. Manfred Lück:
More informaiton can be found on the Metef and Aluminium 2000 websites. For more information on Wagstaff Products and Services, see www.wagstaff.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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By Ryan E. Day
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Alexin Starts Production of Aluminum Ingot for Rolling
Alexin LLC commenced operation of rolling ingot (slab) casting at its Bluffton, Indiana, casting plant (watch a vignette of the first ingot cast in the video below). The $2.2 million project was approved in February of this year with final equipment installation and commissioning completed in mid-October. Alexin is now capable of producing 5xxx and 6xxx series rolling ingot up to 28 inches in thickness and 75 inches in width, enabling it to serve the automotive flat-rolled products market.
“Just as we have done with the new diameters of extrusion log we commissioned in the past, the addition of rolling ingot to our already broad product offering will make Alexin read more...