- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 21, 2016

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) - A central Illinois foundry has started casting operations again following a major fire last month and its Indiana-based owner is taking steps to return it to full production.

The (Champaign) News-Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/28JxeRE) that nearly all the foundry’s employees are back at work after operations restarted June 13. About a third of Indiana-based Wirco Inc.’s foundry in Champaign is back to normal.

Investigators are still working in the section of the plant most affected by the May 20 fire. Parts the foundry have no electricity.

The foundry employs nearly 100 people. It makes castings designed to withstand heat for a variety of industries. Wirco has owned the foundry since 2005.

The company says in a news release that a new pattern shop in Indiana will have state-of-the-art machining equipment.



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Information from: The News-Gazette, https://www.news-gazette.com

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