Barron targets Canadian market for high-strength investment castings

Oxford, MI – Barron Industries is aiming to increase its exports of investment castings to Canada. Participating in a recent Canadian trade mission, company officials met with existing and prospective partners who require performance-critical castings and assemblies.

The first stop on the mission was Doppelmayr Canada in Montreal, which uses Barron’s high-strength investment castings in the manufacturing of its chairlifts, gondola lifts, and aerial tramways.  Partnering with Barron for the past 25 years, Doppelmayr has increased its orders of the performance-critical castings.

Barron’s investment casting process has the ability to produce high-integrity, high- strength duplex stainless steel castings that can withstand high impact loads at very low temperatures, said company President and CEO Bruce Barron. “Investment castings are used in all of Canada’s primary industries including transportation equipment, manufacturing, and oil & gas. We expect to grow our Canadian exports from 8 to 15 percent of our current revenue in the next two years.

Another longtime Canadian partner — London, Ontario based General Dynamics Land Systems — has been using Barron’s high-strength investment castings and sub-assemblies for more than 30 years.  “We are a trusted partner to the leading defense and aerospace companies which rely on our expertise in metals, lightweighting technologies and design for manufacturability of precision machined castings,” said Barron. “Our vertically- integrated process offers complete one-stop shopping, reducing cost and delivery time. Using our 3D printing techniques for rapid prototyping, we can deliver a mission-critical investment casting in as little as ten days.

Barron representatives also met with several Canadian-based aerospace companies in Montreal and Toronto. “Our new NADCAP certification for non-destructive testing will allow us to significantly grow our aerospace business in Canada which has the world’s fifth-largest aerospace industry,” said Barron. “We produce critical aluminum precision components utilized for both defense and commercial aerospace applications in domestic and foreign markets.

Barron Industries was one of six companies that participated in the Canada trade mission coordinated by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation. Last year, Barron was one of several aerospace companies in the MEDC pavilion at the Farnborough Air Show in the UK.

In 2018, Michigan export sales totaled more than $23 billion to Canada – 7.4 percent of Canada’s total U.S. imports, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce. Canada is Michigan’s number one export destination and Michigan sells more goods to Canada than to its next seven largest foreign markets combined. Since its inception in 2011, the MEDC International Trade Program at the MEDC has worked with Michigan companies to support more than $2.8 billion in export sales and 13,287 jobs across the state.

About Barron Industries

Founded in 1983, Barron Industries is an AS9100D Certified manufacturer of high-precision Investment Castings, machined components, and complete assemblies.  Barron offers complete turnkey product manufacturing of components for Aerospace, Defense, Automotive, Oil and Gas, Nuclear, Medical, and other commercial industries. Capabilities include CAD engineering, rapid prototyping, CNC machining, plating, painting, assembly, laser etching, and shipping from our 65,000 square foot facility. Providing concept-to-completion development and production of investment casting projects from a few ounces to 150 pounds. Ferrous and non-ferrous alloys poured include class II armor, stainless steels, tool steels, aluminum, cobalt, and copper-nickel alloys.