State loan will help Latrobe’s K Castings update kiln, keep jobs

K Castings, a Latrobe manufacturer of non-ferrous cast metal articles for industrial, municipal and residential use, is in the process of upgrading its furnace with a state loan program.

Governor Tom Wolf this week announced the approval of a loan of more than $ 123,000 for the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority company, made available through Westmoreland’s Economic Growth Connection. The loan has a term of 10 years and a fixed interest rate of 1.75%.

It will help replace the company’s two original natural gas boilers with a more efficient electric furnace.

Replacing the furnaces – which are used to melt aluminum and brass – is part of nearly $ 250,000 of upgrades. The company is also considering purchasing a welder, tractor and Bobcat utility vehicle.

President Blair Adams said the improvements will help the family business maintain nine full-time jobs, in hopes of increasing its workforce.

He said the new oven is “a great upgrade for this company, which has a plant on Lloyd Avenue. This will give us more productivity ”, while representing“ an abandonment of fossil fuels ”.

As a core business, K Castings serves customers in the power generation, nuclear and military industries, he said.

Blair and Denise Adams, who is vice president, took over ownership of the 60-year-old company three years ago. They strive to increase sales of personalized aluminum and brass address signs and plaques for businesses and homeowners. The plaques are completed in a second building on Unity Street.

Additionally, Blair Adams said, “We do a lot of work for the local community.” This includes armrests for benches in downtown Latrobe and at the Greater Latrobe School District facilities.

K Castings also made start markers used at Latrobe Country Club. They feature the umbrella logo of local golf legend Arnold Palmer.

“Latrobe is growing with our products,” Adams said.

Jeff Himler is a staff writer for Tribune-Review. You can contact Jeff at 724-836-6622, [email protected] or via Twitter .

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