first_imgRICHARD SARGENT AND JIM LOOP, EACH IN THEIR FORTIETH YEAR WITH THE COMPANY, WILL PLACE IN POSITION THE FIRST PIECE OF THE LARGEST CASTING MACHINE EVER MANUFACTURED BY HAZELETT STRIP-CASTING CORPORATIONRichard Sargent and Jim Loop will place in position the first piece of the new casting machine at a noontime celebration on Thursday, September 4 at the Hazelett factory in Colchester, Vermont. The occasion will mark the fortieth anniversary of their employment with Hazelett and also begin the manufacture of a 120-ton casting machine, the largest ever produced by the company in its fifty-two year history.The two started just days apart forty years ago.Richard Sargent was hired by his neighbor, Bill Hazelett, founder of Hazelett Strip-Casting. Richard and Hazelett Strip-Casting have grown up together in the Malletts Bay area of Colchester.Jim Loop, raised in South Burlington, was barely out of high school when he began as a draftsman in the tiny engineering department.The $15 million casting machine will be delivered to a newly formed company in the Henan Province of China. The company, LYL High Precision Aluminum Strip Co., will produce coils of aluminum strip to be sold to the aluminum raw material distribution system and go on to become an untold number of products.The General Manager of Hazelett, Ray Clavelle, commented that this order represents the largest dollar order in the history of the company.last_img

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