The Waupaca Foundry is expanding its operations into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, with plans to open a new plant in Ironwood to process iron castings made here in Waupaca. Company officials say the expansion addresses increasing customer demand, and adds iron casting processing capabilities, including cleaning and finishing, in a location with a sufficient labor supply. Foundry personnel leaders conducted exploratory job fairs prior to choosing the expansion location, and found a strong pool of workers in the Ironwood, Michigan, area, many of them recently left without a job because of the closing of the Ojibway Correctional Facility. Waupaca Foundry plans to acquire an existing 50-thousand square foot facility in Ironwood, and create 61 new jobs. The company has been awarded a 1.2 million dollar Michigan Business Development program performance-grant.