Hazelett Corporation in Colchester, Vermont, held an open house on July 18th, celebrating its 100 years of designing and manufacturing continuous casting machines for the global metal industries. Hazelett technology is used in metal manufacturing processes worldwide to cast aluminum, copper, zinc, and lead into metal strip and bar used to create countless products. During the open house, the company provided a viewing of the new AS2000 twin-belt casting machine, which will be delivered to JW Aluminum for their plant expansion in Goose Creek, South Carolina.
As one of the early pioneers in the field of continuous metals casting, Clarence W. Hazelett worked tirelessly designing and developing continuous casting machines from 1919 until his death in 1956. He commercialized the world’s first continuous casting machines in the 1920s and dedicated his career to advancing this technology, introducing the twin-belt caster in the 1940s. Upon his death in 1956, his sons R. William (Bill) and S. Richard (Dick) Hazelett incorporated the business and located it in Vermont. The company is currently transitioning into its fourth generation of being family-owned.
“As a family business, Hazelett has the luxury of taking a longer view; one that encourages investment in research and development, building long-term relationships, preserving our environment, and contemplating the legacy we leave future generations,” said David Hazelett, president of Hazelett Corproation.
The company has grown to over 150 skilled employees utilizing nearly 100,000 sq ft of buildings in Colchester. Hazelett twin-belt continuous casting machines, as well as critical spare parts, are designed and manufactured in these specialized facilities. Hazelett has an experienced team of engineers and technicians supporting its customers worldwide. Currently, over 100 Hazelett twin-belt continuous casting machines are operating in more than 24 countries.