forged steel block

Blocks for Days…

Did you know that Anderson Shumaker is a leading manufacturer of forged steel blocks? We forge blocks for all types of industries, including oil & gas, food processing, aerospace, defense, and many more. We make our forged steel blocks through our open die forging process. Our blocks exhibit ductility, ease of machining, and high strength.…

forged round bars

Spring Forward with Forged Round Bars

Spring has finally sprung in Chicago! We’re “rolling” in the season with an increased production of our forged round bars. Did you know that round bars are an Anderson Shumaker specialty? We really strive to raise the “bar” with both our materials inventory and production. Our custom round bars are suited for multiple applications and…

forging alloy steel

Meet Our Metals: Alloy Steel

Forging alloy steel is an important part of Anderson Shumaker’s production. Our skilled team knows their metals inside and out. But, not everyone is familiar with the many materials we forge. Each metal has its own unique properties and attributes. Therefore, not all metals are appropriate for all products. Last week we discussed tool steel. Today we’ll…

metals stainless steel

Meet Our Metals: Stainless Steel

Today we’ll take an in-depth look at one of our favorites and most popular metals: stainless steel. At Anderson Shumaker, we know our metals. From alloys to carbon and tool steels, we forge them all. However, most people aren’t familiar with the different metals we use. Each material has its own properties, attributes, and special…

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Forging University: Forging vs. Casting

Forging University: Lesson #2 – Open Die Forging vs. Casting Welcome back to Forging University! The second topic in our 5-part discussion compares forging and casting. Before reading, take a quick look back to Lesson #1 and review forging basics. Additionally, you can check out the Anderson Shumaker forging page. What is Casting? Casting is the process…

holiday ham tradition

A Hamtastic Holiday Tradition

It’s holiday ham tradition time at Anderson Shumaker! Each year we happily gift our hardworking employees tasty holiday dinners. For Thanksgiving, we gave turkeys; for Christmas, we’re giving smoked hams. Most importantly, it’s all super delicious! Did you know that only 12% of American businesses continue this holiday tradition today? Gifting these seasonal dinners used…