Cast-Rite Die Casting Company Closing

For over seventy years, established in 1941, Cast-Rite Corporation was a leading provider of high-precision die-casting parts. Committed to continuous improvement, they delivered top quality solutions to customers in a wide range of industries.

Cast-Rite Corporation
515 East Airline Way
Gardena, CA 90248

Sadly, Cast-Rite Corporation also known as Castrite Die Casting Company is closing. Cast-Rite Corp. Established in 1941 and based in Gardena, USA, was a manufacturer and supplier of high-pressure die casting.

I have said it before. I hate to see our local American and specifically Southern California manufacturing companies close. I hate to see our California die casting company competitors close. Small American businesses provide jobs for our local California workers and their families. Small California businesses also support small local suppliers by purchasing supplies, production goods and raw materials. Purchasing those products gives additional jobs to Americans so they can succeed and feed their families.

A little about Cast-Rite included die-casting, aluminum die-casting, zinc die-casting, CNC machining, and multi-spindle machining. These products are integral for a wide spectrum of military, electronics, and commercial applications. It primarily served industries such as defense and space manufacturing, military, electronics, and commercial sectors. The company also offered services like surface finishing, continuous training, metrology, and spectroscopy. Die casting is the process of melting metal material and putting it into a mold or steel die to shape the metal as it re-hardens.

Cast-Rite Hero – Gardner “Bick” Bickford – At the onset of World War II “Bick” joined the United States Marine Corps where he saw action in the Pacific Theater. There he was wounded in action and received the Purple Heart. He ended his military career as a Presidential Guard. After the war, he settled in Southern California and began his first business in 1955. “Bick” gained experience and knowledge over the years working for Mattel, Harvell, and McCullogh. He became Chief Executive Officer of Cast-Rite Corporation in 1964 and International Die Casting in 1982. He was actively working in both capacities until shortly before his death January 1, 1998. Over the years “Bick” was involved in various industry-oriented organizations. He was one of the founders of the Society of Die Cast Engineers and served a term as Chairman. In 1986 he was named “Man of the Year” by the Society. He was also active in the North American Die Casting Association. Other famous industry related Cast-Rite Corporation individuals were Donald Don De Haan. President, also Wynn Chapman, President, and Kenneth “Ken” Peete.

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