History

What began as a small, family-owned company in 1959 has grown into one of the leading precision investment casting providers in the world. Signicast's dedication to innovation and technology has put Signicast in a class of its own. Signicast's seven world-class facilities allow an ever-increasing ability to help customers operate faster, more efficiently, and more profitably. 

1959

Signicast begins selling metal boat transoms. 

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1959

Signicast was incorporated on March 17,1959. The owner at the time was John Henderson. It's name was SIGN-I-CAST because its main product was boat transom signs for the yachts in Milwaukee harbor


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1962

In 1962 Joseph Salamone bought Signicast.  

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1962

1962 Joseph Salamone bought Signicast

In 1962 Joseph Salamone bought Signicast.  


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1968

Bill Lewis buys the company and establishes the business as an investment casting company. 

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1968

Bill Lewis buys the company on June 17, 1968 and establishes the business as an investment casting company. 


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1971

In 1971, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for the new 11,300-square-foot plant. The plant was complete and Signicast moved-in in 1972. In 1977 an additional three and a half acres were purchased adjacent to the plant for expansion. 


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1981

Walter "Terry" Lutz joined the Signicast family in 1974 moving up rapidly to Vice President and then President in 1978. In 1981 Terry purchased Signicast and began transforming the company, starting with the growth of the Brown Deer facility and ultimately the plan and success of the fully-automated, continuous flow manufacturing plant located in Hartford, Wisconsin. 

Signicast was transformed from a small job shop to the largest and most automated investment caster in the USA and arguably, the world. Terry's visionary plan ultimately attracted a new level of top-tier customers and presented new opportunities in sales for blue chip companies who have stringent supplier requirements. 


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1990

With Lutz's lead, plans were underway to build the Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) in modules.

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1990

Developed plans to build the Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) in modules to improve effeciencies and create better lead times and cost for customers.
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1990

On November 20, 1990, the Wax Heat Exchanger Patent was issued to Signicast. 

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1990

On November 20, 1990, the Wax Heat Exchanger Patent was issued to Signicast on behalf of the team working on the project, John Nett, Terry Lutz, Jim Capadona, Walt Schmidt, and Tom Resch. With this breakthrough, it now took less time to make a pattern and the quality was far superior. Ultimately a game changer for Signicast.

Additional inventions from this team through the years include the cold break and water blast process that the plant still uses today making Signicast a high-tech company and extremely cost competitive.


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1993

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 1 opens.

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1993

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 1 opens in June of 1993 - 13 months after breaking ground.

Grading for the new Signicast location start in October of 1991 after countless hours of planning and effort from President Terry Lutz. It was very important for Terry to find the right location in a city with good ethics and opportunity. After settling on Hartford, Terry and his wife, Sylvia came up with the address 1800 Innovation Way to denote Signicast mission. 


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1997

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 2 opens.

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1997

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 2 opens.


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2001

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 5 opens.

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2001

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 5 opens. Module 5 is the designated machine shop that was wildly successful. The goal was to supply a fully completed component to the customer. 


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2003

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 3 opens.

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2003

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 3 opens.


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2006

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 4 opens.

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2006

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 4 opens.


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2008

On June 30, 2008, Signicast was sold to Pritzker Group - Private Capital

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2008

On June 30, 2008, Signicast was sold to Pritzker Group - Private Capital


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2012

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 5N opens.

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2012

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 5N opens.


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2014

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 7 opens.

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2014

Hartford Manufacturing Complex (HMC) Module 7 opens.


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2017

Combining the Dynacast and Signicast offerings provides customers even more design freedom, with expanded choices of material, part complexity, and volume. 


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2018

On Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, Signicast joined a family of brands under a newly formed entity, Form Technologies.

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2018

On Tuesday, January 9th, 2018, Signicast joined a family of brands under a newly formed entity, Form Technologies.


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