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Eaton Rapids Castings LLC

New high-tech foundry in Eaton Rapids, MI preparing to produce ultra heavy iron and steel castings for industrial OEMs in North America.

  • Stage $500K in TTM Revenue
  • Industry Industrial/Energy
  • Location Eaton Rapids, MI, USA
  • Currency USD
  • Founded February 2010
  • Employees 3
  • Website

Company Summary

Eaton Rapids Castings is the first major foundry to be established in the US in more than 40 years. ERC offers newly licensed Scandinavian casting technology producing superior quality with competitive pricing for domestic production of ultra heavy iron and steel castings. ERC has prototyped and produced sample and short production runs for major global OEMs with the support of the Dept. of Energy,State of Michigan, and Oak Ridge National Lab.


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    Lennart Johansson
    Chief Executive Officer

    Graduated as Mechanical Engineer in Sweden with 40+ years of experience as CTO, CEO and Chairman for several U.S. and European companies. Entrepreneur and inventor of numerous patented technologies including 2 materials.
    Consul General of Sweden in Michigan for 15 years. Global technology advisor to the former Governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm. U.S. Citizen living in Michigan for 30 years. Founding advisor to ERC and CEO since May 2011.

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    Pekka Kemppainen
    Chief Technology Officer

    Master of Science in Technical Physics in Metallurgy with 30+ years of experience as CTO, CEO and Chairman. He recently left as founder and CEO for Valucast, parent company to URV and Heavycast foundries in Scandinavia to focus on the development of ERC in Michigan and remains largest shareholder in Valucast. He has experience building 200 foundries worldwide through his Meehanite global foundry metallurgical and operational consulting company.

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    Blaire Houchens Miller
    Chief Financial Officer

    BBA in Int'l Business, MBA summa cum laude from Michigan State University along with European university studies. Executive positions with global bank, ABN Amro (SVP); accountancy firm, Baker Tilly (International Partner); and Daimler-Benz AG (Financial Analyst).
    For 30 years, she has advised financed 300+ European companies in their expansion of operations in Michigan and other parts of the US. Founding CFO of ERC (formerly URV USA).


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Previous Investors

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    U.S. Department of Energy
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    Michigan Strategic Fund