Our Mission Statement
unparallel customer satisfaction
over 60 years of outstanding service
ISO Certified for exact specifications
proven source for high quality Materials
The goal of Progressive Foundry is to supply the highest quality gray and ductile iron castings to as broad a market as we can capably and ably serve. It is our pledge to operate within the parameters of Federal and Iowa statutes and to be unique in both the quality of our service and the quality of our product. It is important to us that through fairness and dedication we be respected by our employees, suppliers, competitors, customers, and perhaps most importantly, the community in which we live and work. With this in mind, we hope to create an environment in which our customers will be well-served, our employees can work safely and productively, and management can expect a fair return on investment.
Progressive Foundry, originally a supplier of cast iron washing machine parts, was started in the 1920's by Richard Tietjen. It all began in the basement of the At Last Washing Machine Factory where it continued until 1934 when the washing machine factory closed. From 1934 until the death of Richard Tietjen in 1941 it was operated by Tietjen with the help of his sons, Herman and Harold, and expanded both in plant size and equipment and ultimately employed forty workers. Herman became sole owner in 1944 when Harold was killed in action during World War II. By 1946 the plant had grown to cover an area of one-half square block and produced grey iron castings for manufacturers throughout the Midwest. From the early 1950's until 1966, the company changed owners several times passing from Harold Tietjen to Harold Schroeder to Larry Siemens and John Fisher in 1960, and finally to Safetran Systems of Louisville, Kentucky, in 1966. Safetran, a manufacturer of railroad traffic signals operated the foundry until it was purchased by Mike Hodges and Pete VanKirk in 1981. In 1985, VanKirk bought Hodges' share and has continued the foundry as a family business until the present. During the past fifteen years Progressive Foundry has grown from 35,000 to 100,000 square feet with state of the art molding and mold handling equipment. The grinding and shipping department has been moved and is now in a new building with conveyor belts to move castings to locations for final grinding and inspection. All patterns are stored off site in a fire-safe building for their safety. Our market has expanded in the Midwest and Southwest and on to the west coast. Progressive Foundry has become a high-production jobbing foundry for small and large orders in grey and ductile iron castings.
Meet our team
Meet our Professional Staff that excel in providing the best outcome inside their area of expertise. We are proud to mention that after years of service, our staff has raise the bar and excel day after day at Progressive Foundry. We are also thankful for the many men and women serving under their leadership. We couldn't ask for more. Thank you for your service.
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Our ISO 9001:2008 certification specifies the requirements for a quality management system where we demonstrate our ability to consistently provide products that meets customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
We aim to enhance customer satisfaction through the effective application of the system, including processes for continual improvement of the system and the assurance of conformity to customer and applicable statutory and regulatory requirements.
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Progressive Foundry, Inc
1518 First Street
P.O. Box 338
Perry, Iowa 50220