Meet Our Metals: Tool Steel

Metals are the beating heart of our industry. The skilled team at Anderson Shumaker knows their metals inside and out. But, not everyone is familiar with the many metals we forge. Each metal has its own unique properties and attributes. Not all metals are appropriate for all products. Last week we discussed the pros and cons…

Anderson Shumaker: A Year in Review

2018 has been quite the year at Anderson Shumaker! In January, we completed a 26,000 square foot, 15 million dollar expansion. We added: 2 charging furnaces, 1 heat treating furnace, a 2500 ton hydraulic forging press, a 300 ton radial ring roller, 2 quench tanks, 3 overhead cranes, and a 10 ton mobile forging manipulator.…

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Blast from the Past

Did you know that iron and steel mills have ranked among the largest enterprises in the Great Lakes cities since before the Civil War? By the close of the nineteenth century, Chicago had grown to become one of world’s leading centers for steel production. The emergence of this industry was part entrepreneurial and part geographic;…

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Go With The (Grain) Flow

When it comes to forging metal, what exactly is grain flow, and why does it matter for your project? “Grain flow” the directional orientation of the metal grains and any non-metallic inclusions that have been deformed due to forging. In Anderson Shumaker’s forging practices, metal is worked through controlled compressive stresses while heated. Mechanical properties…

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New Plant Expansion!

New Plant Expansion! After nearly two years of construction Anderson Shumaker has completed its 26,000 square foot, 15 million dollar expansion! Adding Two charging furnaces, one heat treating furnace, a 2500 ton hydraulic forging press with an eight station die train, a 300 ton radial ring roller, two quench tanks, three overhead cranes and a…