Ohio Foundry Expansion Will Add About 500 Jobs

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A Columbus foundry that makes parts for rail cars is expanding and adding about 500 jobs.

The expansion will be announced Wednesday by Columbus Castings on the city's south side.

Government officials tell the newspaper that the expansion will take place over three years with a focus on attracting workers who live in the neighborhood.

The company is adding employees to serve an anticipated growth in demand for steel parts needed to make rail cars and because of growing sales of repair parts. The company is spending $16 million on machinery and other upgrades related to the expansion.

The company's chairman says new workers will be paid $13 to $26 an hour plus benefits. The company currently employs about 600.