AB&I Foundry of California plans to reduce some of its Oakland production and transfer it to an existing Northeastern Texas foundry in 2022.
According to media reports, the scrap metal foundry will be permanently transferring all molding operations partly due to air quality in relation to increased environmental policies in California. The shift will also impact about half of the company’s workforce or around 100 jobs.
The foundry, which is now part of Alabama-based McWane Inc., has been operating since 1906, melting ferrous scrap to produce cast iron pipe and pipe fittings.
Production and workforce that will be retained in Oakland will focus on non-molding output mainly converting scrap metal into pipes. The company also plans to add more engineering mechanisms in light of regulatory standards, per reports.
Further details on production volumes impacted or operational changes have not been released by the company.