It’s unlikely that Jesse Bodine would recognize Bodine
Aluminum today. The Bodine Pattern Shop that he founded in 1912
is a far cry from the company’s state-of-the-art foundry nestled
in Troy, Missouri, today. A closer look, however, reveals that some
things have not changed.
Bodine Aluminum still uses the
time-proven casting techniques developed by its founding family.
Today, those techniques are carefully blended with modern science,
manufacturing know-how and automated robotics to produce high-quality
engine parts for many of Toyota’s North American-built vehicles.
As a result of expansion in recent years, Bodine
Aluminum employs more than 600 team members in Troy, working together
to produce more than 100 million pounds of cast aluminum engine
components each year. Our products range from cylinder heads and
intake manifolds to engine blocks and brackets.
To make these parts, skilled team members develop
individual cores using resin-coated sand. Once the molds are complete,
melted aluminum is poured, drawn or forced into them to form a casting.
Once cooled, the aluminum casting is sent to a finishing station
to trim and smooth rough edges. All parts are subject to a final
inspection before being packaged into recyclable containers and
shipped to Toyota plants located in Kentucky, West Virginia and
Alabama power train plants.