Hitchiner Produces High-Quality Investment Ferrous Castings
We supply companies Like BMW, General Electric, and Lockheed
Hitchiner Manufacturing has been part of the New Hampshire business community for more than 75 years, yet we occasionally run into people who don't know what we do. Hitchiner is a manufacturing company that supplies complete-to-print, high-volume, complex thin-wall investment castings and fully-finished casting-based subassemblies and components to various industries. In other words, we are a high-tech manufacturing firm that provides specialized parts to the automotive, aerospace, defense and other industries around the globe.
Hitchiner is also an innovator in the manufacturing industry. Our exclusive countergravity casting techniques, which we developed in the 1970s, are considered one of the most significant advancements in casting technology.
Last year, Hitchiner announced it will be expanding its Milford campus, where the company is headquartered, and as part of that expansion will be hiring a variety of positions. If you are interested in working at Hitchiner, or simply wonder what we do, here's an overview.
The Hitchiner Process
Casting is a method of building a customized part by building a mold and then pouring liquid material into the mold to harden into the desired part shape. First wax replicas of a casting (or metal part) are created by a process called injection molding. These replicas are then assembled into clusters so that numerous parts can be made at once. The wax replicas are then dipped into a ceramic slurry that hardens. The wax is melted away and what's left is a ceramic mold we can now use to cast the part.
Typically in the casting process, molten metal is poured into a mold, however, Hitchiner developed a countergravity casting technique that produces a superior part. By creating a vacuum, the molten metal is drawn up into the mold. Once it begins to solidify the vacuum is released, which also releases the excess molten material back into the crucible for a more efficient process. Once the metal has fully cooled, the ceramic is knocked away by vibration, blasting or tumbling. Unlike traditional investment casting, only a small metal stub remains, which is removed by an automated grinding operation. Once minor finishing is complete, we have a completed part ready to ship to our customers.
Hitchiner Manufacturing By Industry
We produce parts for a range of industries, all of which require precise, high-quality products. Hitchiner Manufacturing has built a reputation for our top-quality products that meet our customers needs. These customers include:
Manufacturing for the Automotive Industry
At Hitchiner Manufacturing, we work with FiatChrysler, BMW, Chrysler, and Koyo, who have come to know us for our reliability, quality, and best-in-industry value. Top suppliers, including Bosch, Cummins Turbo Technologies, Detroit Diesel, the Timken Company, and INA also turn to us for their investment casting needs. Some of the work we do for these companies includes making rocker arms, turbocharger components, fuel rail function blocks, and rocker arm shaft assemblies.
Manufacturing for the Aerospace Industry
Rolls Royce, General Electric, Goodrich, United Technologies, and Safran, are among the aerospace firms we work with. Hitchiner provides components for fuel-efficient, high-performance compressors, combustors, turbines, and augmentors. This includes heat shields, blades and vanes, floatwalls, and after-burner castings used in their products worldwide.
Manufacturing for the Defense Industry
It takes being known for quality and value if you want to work with defense industry leaders like Lockheed, Pratt & Whitney, General Dynamics, Textron, and the US government. Our process makes us a perfect fit for these companies looking for precision parts to build military aircraft, missiles, and other armaments.
Employment at Hitchiner Manufacturing
Hitchiner has entry-level and experienced positions now open. We look for dedicated, caring and ambitious people who want to work in a learning environment and aspire to grow within the company. Hitchiner offers competitive benefits, including a free on-site health clinic for employees and their immediate families. We are also a great place to work, with plenty of learning and training opportunities, as well as opportunities to give back to the community through organizations like the Boys and Girls Club.
Career Opportunities At Hitchiner Manufacturing
Hitchiner employees are our most valuable asset, and full-time careers are available now in New Hampshire. We are dedicated to seeing that each team member is treated with fairness and respect. We are a leader in workforce development, placing a high value on education and training, and we are proud to invest in your success by providing tuition assistance. Learn why 60% of our employees have stayed with Hitchiner for over ten years. Click below for more information on the manufacturing jobs available at Hitchiner.