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Natural Gas Cost Increases January 2023

Kinetic Die Casting Company’s recent SoCal Gas bill has more than tripled (300%+) in the last 12 months. On 01/23/23 our natural gas cost from Southern California Gas Company increased to $3.75 per Therm from $1.15 per Therm cost in the same time period last year, 2022. Our utilities cost has increased over the last year but this month was the largest increase of over 200% and the largest cost we have ever experienced. We use a lot of natural gas to melt our die casting metal alloys in our manufacturing process. This Southern California Gas Company natural gas cost increase is the largest gas cost increase I have seen, as far as I can remember, in almost 30 years of owning Kinetic Die Casting Company. I have no choice but to include a gas energy surcharge on all Kinetic Die Casting Company invoices starting today. That gas surcharge will be updated monthly as our new gas bill arrives on the 22nd of each month.

Kinetic Die Casting Company, Inc.
6918 Beck Avenue, North Hollywood, CA 91605 818-982-9200


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February 2023 NADCA Meeting

University of California – Irvine on February 1st and February 2nd. North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) will be hosting the Die Materials Committee meeting and R&D Committee meeting. This is a great opportunity for NADCA Chapter 30 members to listen to the latest updates on NADCA research, network with suppliers and die casters, and tour the lab at the University of California – Irvine. The meetings are free to attend, but we ask that anyone attending please RSVP using the following link, so that we can plan accordingly.

NADCA Die Materials Committee
Wednesday, February 1, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
NADCA R&D Committee
Thursday, February 2, 2023 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
The meeting will be held at University of California – Irvine, CA 92697

Register using this link:
(if you cannot access Google Forms please send an email to

Beau Glim
Project Manager
North American Die Casting Association

February 2023 North American Die Casting Association (NADCA) Meeting

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Pioneer Diecasters History

My previous article from 09.21.22 I announced my disappointment that Pioneer Die Casting Company closed ” Pioneer Diecasters Inc Closing ” In 2012, I had lunch with the owner of Pioneer, Carl H. Spahr, and he detailed much of the history he has had at Pioneer Die Casting Company since he started working there.

They were open over 80 years ago and incorporated in the state of California for over 70 years. Carl’s father started doing business as Pioneer Diecasters the 1930s and according to public records, he incorporated as Pioneer Diecasters, Inc on February 23, 1949.

Mr. Spahr worked closely with Lefty Harris around that time in the 30s. Lefty started Arrow Die Casting Company later. Carl started working at Pioneer in the 1940s or 1950s. They were primarily operating in the aluminum die castings business.

During our lunch, in June of 2012 Carl said he was in his early 70s. Pioneer Diecasters company employed about 17 people at the time. He had a very lean manufacturing operation. Carl said he visits the plant two or three days a week. He has a good manager that has been with him over 20 years and he runs everything. Carl said over the many years of running the company he has had issues with legal labor disputes in the 50’s, problems with the IRS in the 60’s and litigations from disgruntled employees in the 80’s. These were difficult times on occasion, but Carl said he still loved owning Pioneer Diecasters, Inc.

Pioneer Diecasters 4209 Chevy Chase Drive, L.A., CA 90039

Pioneer Diecasters 4209 Chevy Chase Drive, L.A., CA 90039

I am saddened to see the loss of another die casting company competitor in California.

Kinetic Die Casting Company, Inc.
6918 Beck Avenue, North Hollywood, CA. 91605 818-982-9200

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Die Casting Companies in California 2022

With the closure of Pioneer Diecasters this year, I can find only 14 active die casting companies in Southern California. In 1994, when I founded Kinetic Die Casting Company, there were 76 die casting companies in California. Now there are only 14 companies in Southern California.

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Sorted alphabetically, here is the current list of the competing die casting companies remaining in Southern California:
1. Alloy Die Casting Company
2. Aluminum Die Casting Company
3. Ambritt Die Casting Company
4. American Die Casting Company
5. California Die Casting Company
6. Cast-Rite Die Casting Company
7. Die Cast of America Company
8. Dynacast Company
9. Hyatt Die Casting Company
10. International Die Casting Company
11. Kenwalt Die Casting Company
12. Kinetic Die Casting Company
13. Pacific Die Casting Company
14. RSG Die Casting Company

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Recently Closed Die Casting Companies:
Bucy Die Casting Company Closed
Commercial Die Casting Company
Alloy Die Casting Company Sold
Cox Die Casting Company Closed
Rangers Die Casting Company Closed
CEP Cast Engineered Products Closed
Pioneer Diecasters Inc Closing

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Pioneer Diecasters Error

Yesterday, I reported that the business closure of Pioneer Diecasters, and that information about them closing is true. Article:

Pioneer Die Casting Company
4209 Chevy Chase Drive,
L.A., CA 90039

Unfortunately, I also reported yesterday that the owner Carl H. Spahr had recently passed away. That information about Mr. Spahr’s passing is thankfully incorrect and I apologize. I received false information from someone associated with Pioneer Diecasters that Carl passed away a few weeks ago. I am deeply saddened by my error and I apologize for any inconvenience of my error to the associates, friends and family of Carl Spahr and to Pioneer Diecasters, Inc. I am still sad that the company closed.

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