Pennsylvania Precision Cast Parts, Inc. has a rich heritage in the steel industry in south central Pennsylvania. Four generations of the Miller family have been converting raw materials into quality cast components spanning more than 70 years.
Quaker Alloy was founded in 1954 by Leroy Miller, James Blauch, John Juppenlatz and Richard Miller Sr. in Myerstown, Pa. Quaker grew to have over 1,300 employees, and in 1969, Leroy and Richard Sr. sold the business to Harsco Corp. Richard Miller Jr. became actively involved in the business in 1973 and started an investment cast division for Harsco in 1977. In 1983, Richard Miller Jr. resigned from Harsco to start his own investment casting foundry with partner Ron Civita. PPCP was formed in the summer of 1983. A facility was found, equipment purchased and a few employees were hired to start making castings for a handful of customers.
1987 was a monumental year in the history of PPCP. That summer, a blaze destroyed the original facility. All that had been built was lost to the fire. By 1987, Richard Miller Jr. was the sole owner of PPCP, and he determined that rebuilding the facility was the best course of action. The facility was rebuilt, and production resumed during the last week of 1987.
By 1990, the business had grown to the point where expansion was inevitable. PPCP purchased a facility that was once part of Lebanon Steel Foundry. The business has continued at this site since the early 90s.
In 2003, PPCP acquired the assets and customer base of Quality Investment Castings, another commercial investment foundry, which had been located in Berks County, Pa. Through the work of merging the two companies, many new business relationships were developed that remain today.
In 2008, PPCP expanded again to a second 25,000-square-foot facility adjacent to the current site. This expansion brought exciting efficiency improvements to the operations.
With steady growth since its inception, PPCP is now recognized as an industry leader. In 2008, Richard Jr. sold the business to his son, Andrew, making it the fourth generation to own and run a steel casting facility in Lebanon County, Pa.
Andrew implemented a multi-year strategic planning and implementation plan in 2013 to ensure that PPCP remains at the forefront of the investment casting industry. Process enhancements, expansion of alloys, marketing initiatives and other activities were launched that will make a major impact for years to come.
PPCP is a non-union, privately held enterprise with over 165 employees. The company has invested heavily in equipment and resources to remain on the cutting edge of the technology available to investment cast foundries today.