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Molten aluminum on US 24 & 31
« on: October 02, 2018, 10:38:11 PM »
On my travels across 24 many moons ago I remember seeing molten aluminum trucks around Peru on 24.  Always figured they were going from Alcoa in Lafayette to “somewhere else”.

This evening while returning from Michigan one of these trucks merged from WB 24 to SB 31.  No info on truck tractor on owner.  Obviously not going to Lafayette, at least not directly going south on 31.  A few miles later, so a NB truck with a Kokomo trucking company on the side.

So...any one know where these are going to/from?  Obviously my assumptions were incorrect.  Would love to “put this one to bed” so to speak.


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Re: Molten aluminum on US 24 & 31
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2018, 12:54:55 AM »
They are heading to Kokomo to the FCA Chrysler Casting Plant for transmission molds. Coming from former Wabash Alloy's along old 24 West of Wabash.

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Re: Molten aluminum on US 24 & 31
« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2018, 05:29:14 AM »
There is an aluminum foundry in Wabash, that could be an originating or terminating place for the loads.
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Re: Molten aluminum on US 24 & 31
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2018, 09:21:35 PM »
Wabash Alloys does (or did) ship a lot that way, probably everything they do as I'm not aware they have rail service.  I do not know who or where their customers are, but I see the trailers going through Fort Wayne too.

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Re: Molten aluminum on US 24 & 31
« Reply #4 on: October 03, 2018, 11:26:19 PM »
The company has reorganized several times, it's name now is REAL ALLOY. Primary customer remains the same,the Chrysler Casting Plant in Kokomo.

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Re: Molten aluminum on US 24 & 31
« Reply #5 on: October 04, 2018, 12:24:50 PM »
My former employer actually fabricated a couple of those crucibles while I worked there.  (they may have made more, I don't know)  IIRC, it could keep Al molten over 8 hours. 
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