Waupaca Foundry Names Pagel VP Operations

Source: Waupaca Foundry announcement

WAUPACA, Wis. — Waupaca Foundry, a leading supplier of gray and ductile iron castings globally, named Todd Pagel vice president of operations.

Pagel is a 30-year veteran of Waupaca Foundry serving in positions as diverse as molding supervisor, plant manager, and most recently as director of operations. He started in 1993 as an operator in the molding department at Plant 2/3 in located in Waupaca, Wis. In 2021, while working as plant manager at Plant 2/3, he was also responsible for melt and molding operations at Plant 6 located in Etowah, Tenn.

President, COO and CEO, Mike Nikolai said, “Todd brings a mix of front-line foundry experience and years of operational leadership to the position. He has a working knowledge of every department in the foundry from safety to production and is the best person to provide operational support and strategic direction to plant managers throughout the company.”

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“I’m looking forward to further integrating the Waupaca Foundry legacy of continual improvement and driving best practices across all facilities,” Pagel said. “I am thankful to Waupaca Foundry for always providing opportunities for advancement and for its strong legacy of promoting from within.” Internal candidates fill 80% of all management positions at Waupaca Foundry.

The company is the leading supplier of cast and machined iron components for automotive, off-highway, commercial vehicle, and other industrial markets. It operates five iron foundries with 1.4 million tons of capacity, as well as machining and casting finishing operations in the United States.