Worthington Industries, Inc., a major industrial manufacturing company, recently announced the expansion of its Tempel Steel facility in Apodaca, Mexico, which is operated by Worthington’s Steel Processing business segment.
Tempel will re-engineer the footprint of its existing production area and add operations to an adjacent 185,000 square-foot facility. These moves will facilitate a significant expansion of Tempel’s Focused Factory, which produces highly engineered traction motor laminate cores for electric vehicles. With expanded production expected to come online in 2024, Apodaca will be Tempel’s largest production site for motor and transformer laminations for the electric vehicle market.
“The acquisition of Tempel in 2021 helped make Worthington a leader in the rapidly growing electrical steel market that includes transformers, machine motors and electric vehicle motors,” said Geoff Gilmore, Chief Operating Officer for Worthington Industries. “Our expansion of the Apodaca facility is further demonstration of our commitment to this market and to our employees across Tempel.” The increased capacity will allow Tempel to leverage the experience and expertise of the Apodaca community, including the more than 500 members of the current Tempel Steel local workforce. Tempel expects to add as many as 400 new positions to its Apodaca staff over the next five years.
Tempel Steel also earned a prestigious Global Supplier Award from Dana Incorporated as the top global supplier of the year for their Lead Electric Propulsion category. A global leader in major manufacturer of drivetrain and e-propulsion systems, Dana annually honors select partners who demonstrate excellence in supporting Dana’s cost, quality, and delivery goals, as well as its “Powering into e-Drive” enterprise strategy.
Tempel Steel is a lead partner supplying high-precision electrical steel laminations for rotors and stators for the high-voltage and low-voltage motors used in Dana’s electric vehicle platforms. As a worldwide supplier, Tempel delivers electrical steel laminations for electric propulsion to Dana facilities in China, India, and other locations globally. Additional components of the strategic services Tempel Steel provides to Dana include support for the company’s commercial truck and light passenger vehicle programs, as well as management of the key partnerships and supply chains.
“Our relationship with Tempel Steel has grown dramatically over the past five years, propelled by Tempel’s industry-leading manufacturing process, unparalleled product quality, and a level of service they provide to Dana that’s truly unique in the industry,” said Kevin Williams, Vice President of the Electrification Purchasing at Dana. “Our collaboration with Tempel Steel is delivering exceptional innovation to the fast-evolving emobility market, helping build a sustainable future.”
“The global Tempel team worked exceedingly hard to support Dana and earn the company’s 2022 Lead Electrification Award,” said Cliff Nastas, President, Tempel Steel. “This honor is a testament to the commitment, dedication, and strong partnership we build with our customers, and it challenges us to continue to be an innovator which consistently delivers superior-quality products and services around the world.”
Dana is a leader in the design and manufacture of highly efficient propulsion and energy-management solutions that power vehicles and machines in all mobility markets across the globe. The company is shaping sustainable progress through its conventional and clean-energy solutions that support nearly every vehicle manufacturer with drive and motion systems; electrodynamic technologies, including software and controls; and thermal, sealing, and digital solutions. Based in Maumee, Ohio, USA, the company reported sales of $10.2 billion in 2022 with 40,000 people in 31 countries across six continents. www.dana.com.