Pacific Cast Technologies Plans Additional Expansion

ALBANY, Ore., Sept. 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Pacific Cast Technologies, Inc. ( (PCT), a wholly owned subsidiary of Ladish Co., Inc. ( (Ladish), recently announced plans to expand its melting capacity with a new VAR furnace at its Albany, Oregon facility. Today, PCT is announcing it will expand upon that project to increase the plant’s manufacturing capacity to support growing demand.

“Our major customers are extending their long-term agreements with us. This is a clear signal of our customers’ belief in the sustainability of this aerospace cycle and of their confidence in PCT to respond to their requirements,” said Randy Turner, President of PCT. “In the face of this demand, we will double our finishing and inspection capabilities. When coupled with our current investment in a new furnace, which is doubling our melting capacity, we will have invested about $12 million to support growth. The expansion project will break ground in December of this year. Production output is planned for first quarter 2009.”

According to Turner, PCT has strong participation in growing engine programs with Rolls-Royce, General Electric, IHI, MHI and Snecma, as well as in airframe components for Boeing and Airbus. Our sales forecasts have identified the need for higher production levels beyond the near-term aerospace cycle. “We believe we will see above-average, sustainable demand for the medium term — three to seven years out — and that we will maximize organic growth through expanded investments during this cycle,” Turner says.

“PCT is a key element of the Ladish growth strategy,” said Kerry L. Woody, President and CEO of Ladish. “Customers recognize the significant contribution PCT is making to their supply-chain improvement initiatives. The growth in demand for titanium engine and airframe components, reflected in a strong backlog and forecasted requirements, supports our continued investment in PCT.”

Ladish Co., Inc. is a leading producer of highly engineered, technically advanced components for the jet engine, aerospace and general industrial markets. Ladish is headquartered in Cudahy, Wisconsin with operations in Wisconsin, Oregon, Connecticut and Poland. Ladish common stock trades on Nasdaq under the symbol LDSH.

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