The sand used in casting metal parts at Milwaukee foundry Badger Alloys is usually discarded. But the company recently installed a sand reclamation unit that will allow it to divert 17 million pounds of sand from landfills annually.
The reclamation unit was a significant investment, but it will have an outsized impact on the company's bottom line, said president Rob Cowen. The unit allows for 80 to 85 percent sand reuse and will save the company more than $600,000 and 100,000 truck miles per year in sand transportation.
Badger Alloys is a job shop that makes ferrous and non-ferrous metal castings for a range of applications. It can make cast, semi-machined, finished machined and assembly products.