William J. Grede founded Grede Foundries in 1920. It specializes in ferrous metals, including gray iron, ductile iron, stainless steel and specialty iron castings. The company serves industries, such as construction machinery and equipment, mechanical power transmission, compressor and pump, hydraulic valve, farm machinery and equipment, truck-highway and off-highway, internal combustion engine and motor vehicle. Its products include axles, bearing caps, brackets, differential cases, hydraulic end caps, differential carriers, compressor parts, housings, exhaust manifolds, frame segments, spool valves, transmission components, crankshafts, gear blanks, turbos, sprockets, hubs, water pumps, calipers, wheel cylinders and suspension parts. Grede Foundries has headquarters in Milwaukee, and facilities in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana, South Carolina and Kansas. The St. Cloud, Minn., facility was acquired by Grede Foundries in 1995. The plant produces ductile iron castings in medium to high volume on a Disamatic 2070 and BMD impulse molding center. It manufactures products for Tier I and Tier II automotive, farm equipment, construction, light construction and industry.