Our History In Ferrous Investment Castings
Founded in 1946 and headquartered in Milford, New Hampshire, Hitchiner Manufacturing Co., Inc. is the premier industrial supplier of complete-to-print, high-volume, complex thin-wall investment castings and fully-finished casting-based subassemblies and components. Leading companies in the automotive, aerospace and other industries around the globe use our castings and rely on Hitchiner to provide volume production, reduced lead-times, and just-in-time manufacturing.
Finding ways to do things smarter has been a driving philosophy at Hitchiner for generations. In the 1960s, the company designed and built the first mechanized investment casting plant using automated shell-building equipment and conveyor systems. Hitchiner’s exclusive countergravity casting techniques, pioneered in the 1970s, are generally considered to be one of the most significant advancements in casting technology. Since its initial development, the basic countergravity casting process has been refined, automated and enhanced with numerous technologies that make it now unrivaled in the industry
Advancing Efficiency for Our Customers
To stay competitive in the global marketplace, companies demand and have come to expect fully-finished components, just-in-time and ready for assembly into the final product. Hitchiner strives to meet these expectations by offering flexible manufacturing procedures, augmented by statistical controls, and teams of experts to provide service from design through quotation, sampling, production, finishing, assembly, and delivery. Using computer-aided design in our manufacturing facilitates while also maintaining a close working relationship with customers has resulted in maximum manufacturing efficiency.
For companies seeking cutting-edge casting technology, we've developed the Several Layer Investment Casting process, known as SLIC. This fuel-efficient, clean countergravity casting process reduces shell material and floor space requirements by up to 70 percent and mold-heating energy by 87.5 percent by eliminating the need for large burnout furnaces. By significantly reducing shell casing and heat energy, the process also reduces waste and emissions.
Hitchiner at a Glance
- Private Company
- Founded/Incorporated: 1946
- Employees: 1,800 worldwide
- Sales: Over $200 million
- NAICS Code: 331512; Steel Investment Foundries
Hitchiner offers companies manufacturing capabilities here in the United States and Mexico: the Ferrous-USA Division and the Gas Turbine Division, located in New Hampshire; the Ferrous-Mexico Division, located in Santiago Tianguistenco; and Hitchiner Manufacturing Company de Mexico, located in San Luis Potosi. These divisions are supported by Metal Casting Technology, Inc. (MCT), a wholly-owned research and development subsidiary of Hitchiner Manufacturing Co, Inc. located at our headquarters in Milford, New Hampshire.