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Tonkawa Foundry receives Governor's Manufacturing Leadership Award
With the help of the OSU Applications Engineering Program and the OSU New Product Development Center, Tonkawa Foundry, Inc. was able to increase their sales and decrease their energy emissions.
Tonkawa Foundry saw an increase in sales from $1.5 million to $4.5 million through process improvements and plan for expansion, while reducing their energy demand by 8 billion BTUs per year. The foundry is also expected to reduce its emission of greenhouse gases and health-affecting pollutants by nearly one million pounds per year.
OSU Applications Engineer Rajesh Krishnamurthy, Ph.D., and a team of interns from the NPDC helped with the task of mapping out an expansion plan that doubles the foundry’s production capability. The design - coupled with more efficient sand reclamation method - resulted in a net decrease in energy use. To offset some of the investment costs, the Applications Engineering Program assisted in the successful application of the USDA Rural Energy for America Program Grant.
Thanks to these energy reduction efforts the Tonkawa Foundry has earned the prestigious Governor’s Manufacturing Leadership Award.
Each year, Governor Mary Fallin bestows awards on a select few Oklahoma manufacturers in recognition of their pacesetting standards. The award-winning companies must be progressive, forward-thinking and willing to adapt to change to become more successful in their marketplace.
An awards committee made up of manufacturing professionals selects the winners from a long list of nominees. The awards were presented at the annual Oklahoma Conference on Manufacturing recently in Tulsa.
The NPDC pairs Oklahoma’s small manufacturers with Oklahoma State University faculty, staff and students to help commercialize the manufacturer’s new product concepts. The NPDC focuses on working with manufacturers to create new jobs and revenues. The NPDC has been receiving support from the Advanced Manufacturing Office of the Department of Energy, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Labor, the Economic Development Administration, the Employment and Training Administration, the National Institute of Standards and Technology, the National Science Foundation, the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology, the Oklahoma Manufacturing Alliance, and the Small Business Administration.