Taylorville's local connection to the leading foundry making man hole covers in the United States, was Tuesday's guest speaker at the weekly meeting of the Taylorville Kiwanis Club at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium.
Greg Hornbuckle has been with Neenah Foundry in Neenah, Wisconsin, since 1978. He moved his family to Taylorville in 1991, and remained with the company based at their sales and distribution center in Chicago.
Hornbuckle gave Kiwanis members an overview of the company he works for, which has a market share of some 35-percent of the man hole covers in the United States. Neenah Foundry employs over 900 people, and has over 5-thousand customers across the United States.
The company has continued to grow since its beginnings in Neenah, Wisconsin in 1872; it now boasts having multiple foundries and distribution centers across the United States.
Hornbuckle added that Neenah Foundry now has 2 divisions—one that manufactures and sells to municipalities and other entities needing such things as man hole covers and grates, and an industrial division that makes parts for heavy trucks for manufacturers such as Caterpillar.
The public is reminded to attend the Kiwanis Club's annual Pancake and Sausage Day on Saturday, January 31st from 6:30 to 11am at the Taylorville Moose Lodge. Proceeds from the fund raiser help the local Kiwanis Club provide services and programs for children and youth in the Taylorville community, such as Kiwanis Park, Coats for Kids, and high school scholarships.
The Taylorville Kiwanis Club is part of global organization of volunteers dedicated to changing the world one child and one community at a time. Weekly meetings are held Tuesdays at noon at the Taylorville Memorial Hospital auditorium. For information on the club, go to taylorvillekiwanis.com.