Badger Alloys, Inc.

    Address: 5120 W. State St., Milwaukee, WI 53208


    Year Founded: 1966

    Product or Service offered: Badger Alloys is a family-owned and operated ferrous and nonferrous foundry that specializes in custom castings. From pattern construction or modification to casting to finish machining, Badger Alloys offers a single-source responsibility to assure that every job is produced to customers’ exacting requirements. The foundry routinely pours more than 200 different alloys in its state-of-the-art facility.

    Projected 2013 Revenue: Not disclosed.

    President & CEO: Robert S. Cowen

    Target Clientele: Badger Alloys serves customers in the pump and valve, chemical, water, energy, pharmaceutical, food and beverage, industrial, and defense industries. Customers range in size from local small businesses to Fortune 500 companies located across the country and throughout the world.

    Business organization memberships: Steel Founders’ Society of America, American Foundry Society, Young Presidents Organization, GPS Education Partners, MMAC, Manufacturing Career Partnership.

    What has fueled your company’s growth?: “We have embraced an entrepreneurial spirit that has stimulated growth in the company even during the recent economic downturn. The company has achieved growth by: taking calculated risks and reinvesting in the company, strengthening the local economy by buying locally, respecting the environment and investing in sustainability efforts, supporting local workforce development through programs like GPS Education Partners, engaging in research and development, maintaining high customer retention through superior service delivery, and surrounding leadership with talented employees and advisers and treating them well.”

    Do you plan any changes in your company in the upcoming months?: “Based on current orders and pipeline projections, Badger Alloys predicts that it will increase revenue by more than 20 percent in the next two years. As a result, we anticipate creating 35 new jobs by the end of 2014, an increase of 35 percent in two years.”

    What is your company’s most important growth strategy right now?: “Reinvestment is an ongoing growth strategy for Badger Alloys. For example, the company recently invested in a Sand Reclamation Unit that benefited the company, the environment, and the local economy. Badger Alloys also is committed to modernization and keeping its operations state-of-the-art. The company recently invested in a Solidification Modeling System to analyze gating systems and determine how castings will solidify. This $120,000 investment has allowed Badger Alloys to research better ways of producing a casting without the waste of trial-and-error methods. To support these investments, Badger Alloys continually educates employees and invests in their training to keep them on the leading edge of industry technology.”

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